Former Maudsley International Psychiatry Fellows

Dr Hassan Mirza: two-year Maudsley International Psychiatry Fellowship specialising in child and adolescent psychiatry, 2014-2016

Hassan completed five-year specialist training as a psychiatrist in Oman, during which time he studied for an MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health with the support of a scholarship from the Oman Medical Specialty Board. In 2013, he joined The Sultan Qaboos University Hospital as a specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry. Hassan successfully applied for a two-year Maudsley International Psychiatry Fellowship with the support of his employer.

Why did you apply for the Maudsley International Psychiatry Fellowship?

The Maudsley Hospital is a world-renowned institute and mental health powerhouse that provides one of the best training opportunities in psychiatry. Many leaders and pioneers of the field are part of this esteemed institute, and working alongside such mentors is what every trainee in psychiatry wishes to experience.

Has it lived up to your expectations?

It has exceeded my expectations! The advisers at Maudsley International have been extremely supportive and have helped me choose clinical placements that I think will be most relevant to my practice back home in Oman.

What has been the best thing about it?

Besides the clinical work, the fellowship also provides the opportunity to attend weekly academic teaching within the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) as well as allowing one day a week for pursuing a special interest, whether that is clinical or research related.

What have you done alongside your clinical placement?>

I was extremely lucky to get funding approved for a part-time postgraduate taught programme at University College London (UCL). Maudsley International and my clinical supervisors get all the credit for convincing my sponsors back home to get it approved.

How do you intend to use your experiences once you return home?

I plan to set up an ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) community service, introduce outcome measures that have been validated in Arabic (such as SDQ and DAWBA) to be part of our assessments, and improve the existing inpatient service in the hospital I work in. Moreover, I would like to provide basic training in cognitive behaviour therapy for young people, I am getting good supervision in this regard both at The Maudsley and at the Anna Freud Centre at UCL.

Do you have any advice for anyone looking to apply to the Maudsley International Psychiatry Fellowship in the future?

I would strongly advise them to have clear goals and plans and seek funding approval in advance for any extra courses they wish to pursue.

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