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EPA Early Career Psychiatrists Committee

Gaining Experience Programme 2015-2016


The European Psychiatric Associations Early Career Psychiatrists Committee (ECPC) is pleased to
announce the launch of the 2nd Gaining Experience Programme for 2015-2016.
The Programme offers short observership placements (2-4 weeks) in various psychiatric institutions
across Europe to allow applicants to broaden their clinical and/or research and/or teaching skills and
knowledge, and become familiar with different mental health systems in Europe.
For successful applicants, the EPA is pleased to offer scholarships to help with travel, accommodation
and other expenses.
The scholarship amounts to 800 EUR per applicant.
PLACEMENTS
In 2015-2016, the Exchange Programme offers 5 placements in Austria and in the UK:

Medical University of Vienna, Dept. of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Division of Biological


Psychiatry (Vienna, Austria), Supervisor: Prof. Siegfried KASPER
Medical University Innsbruck, Dept. of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (Innsbruck, Austria),
Supervisor: Prof. Wolfgang FLEISCHHACKER
Medical University of Vienna, Dept. of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Division of Social
Psychiatry (Vienna, Austria), Supervisor: Prof. Johannes WANCATA
Hellesdon Hospital (Norwich, United Kingdom), Supervisor: Dr. Julian BEEZHOLD
Mental Health Intellectual Difficulties (London, UK), Supervisor: Dr Ken COURTENAY

Every Early Career Psychiatrists are encouraged to apply for the Gaining Experience Programme.

PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS
Deadline for applications is 1st September 2015
Eligible applicants should submit the following documents:
1. Letter of intent with a clear description of the applicants motivation to participate in the
programme. The letter should include the institution he/she is applying for and why he/she
would be suitable for an observership in this institution.
2. Professional CV with applicants contact details.
3. For placements in UK: proof of fluency in English language which can include language
certificate OR supervisor/senior colleagues statement that applicant is fluent in English.
4. For placements in Austria (only at the Medical University of Innsbruck, with Dr.
Fleischhacker, and at the Medical University of Vienna, with Prof. Kasper): proof of fluency
in German language which can include language certificate OR supervisor/senior colleagues
statement that applicant is fluent in German.
If there is more than one applicant per vacancy, selection will be done by the ECPC in cooperation
with the hosting institutions representative.

Requirements for the hosting institution :


1. The hosting institution will provide short (2-4 weeks) clinical and/or research and/or teaching
placements.
2. The hosting institution will not have to cover or reimburse expenses related to the travel,
accommodation, food, visa, insurance or other expenses of the participant. All of these need
to be taken care of by the participant. However, if the hosting institution can offer additional
financial or other support, such as accommodation in student or hospital premises, this must
be negotiated on individual basis between the hosting institution and the participant before
the beginning of the programme.
3. The hosting institution is encouraged to organise a staff meeting for the applicant to present
themselves and their previous work, home institution and interests (using slides/verbally).
4. It is advised to engage local early career psychiatrists in the programme.
Requirements for the applicants :
1. The applicants must be ECPs (psychiatrists under 40 years of age and/or 5 years after passing
the specialist exam) from any European country (WHO definition of Europe).
2. The applicant should be fluent in English/German depending if theyre applying for a
placement in UK/Austria (see above).
3. The selected applicant will have to negotiate the terms with their own institution to go on
leave.
4. The EPA office will send an initial e-mail to introduce the applicant to their supervisor. The
selected applicant will have to negotiate dates and details of their observership directly with
their supervisor. When an agreement has been reached, the selected applicant should report
planned dates of the observership to the EPA office.
5. The selected applicant is encouraged to prepare a presentation about their work, institution
and interests to be performed upon arrival at the hosting institution as a way of
sharing knowledge.
6. The selected applicant is strongly encouraged to also present the experience gained during
the programme at their home institution.
7. Each participant of the programme needs to write a final report and fill in an evaluation form
and send it to the EPA office. Once the final report and the evaluation form have been
received, the participant will be issued a certificate and the EPA Office will proceed with
the payment of the scholarship.
8. There is no application fee to the programme. For successful applicants, EPA is pleased to
offer scholarships to help with travel, accommodation and other expenses. The scholarship
amounts to 800 EUR per applicant.
SELECTED APPLICANTS
Successful applicants will be announced on the 1st October 2015
Observerships are expected to be organised between November 2015 and June 2016.
Participants who will complete their observerships before March 2016 can present their experiences
during the EPA Congress in Madrid.

Please send your application, with all the required documents, by 1st September 2015
to Ms. Lara Le Noan at lara.lenoan@europsy.net
Further information about the requirements, application and the 1 st Exchange Programme 2014-2015
can be found on the EPA website:
http://www.europsy.net/early-career/gaining-experience-programme/