1. General Adult Psychiatry (Izmir)
2. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 1 (Izmir)
3. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2 (Izmir)
4. General Adult Psychiatry (Istanbul)
See detailed description of the programmes below!
Psychiatry practice in Turkey provides familiarity among a wide range of psychiatric disorders and social determinants contributing to their development. Multidisciplinary learning is promoted at the university hospitals for a broader understanding of comorbidities. Prepare to have an experience covering psychiatry – and beyond!
Turkey could be regarded as a country on crossroads of Asia and Europe. Corresponding to the long history and central geographical location of the country, Turkey also has a rich history in psychiatric knowledge and practice.
Some reasons to make a brief visit in Turkey:
- to experience working with a culturally diverse population
- to have the opportunity to conduct research in social psychiatry
- to work in an environment where family support is more effective than most of the European countries: as most of the patients with psychiatric disorders live with their families, the ratio of homeless psychiatric patients is low.
- to make an input in the process of development of the new community-based psychiatry services, by sharing the experiences from her/his own country.
- to work with a large sample and high varieties of patients, as there are high numbers of patients per a psychiatrist.
- to experience an institutional setting where legal organisations and sanctions are less determined by insurance systems.
1. General adult psychiatry
Supervisor: Berna Binnur Akdede, MD, Prof
The clinic is composed of an inpatient and an outpatient unit. The inpatient unit with 28 beds has a patient turnover rate of 180-200 per year. The inpatient unit also provides daily care for an additional five patients whenever needed. It serves as a half-open psychiatry clinic where patients are allowed to leave the clinic during the day hours under the supervision of nurses, interns, and their relatives. However, in case of need, the outdoors/indoors can be temporarily locked. In the inpatient unit, the staff members and the patients organise their own entertainment meetings one day each week. There is also a lounge where the patients watch TV, play games, drink their beverages and attend good morning meetings aimed to increase the interaction among them. There is also an activity room where the patients can paint, knit or perform other kinds of handwork activities under the supervision of an expert.
The mean duration of hospitalisation in the inpatient unit of the department of psychiatry is around 3-5 weeks. This reflects a diagnosis and acute treatment-oriented approach of the caregivers. In the inpatient unit there is an electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) application room. The number of patients receiving ECT treatment per year is around 30 and the average of ECT courses per patient is between 8-14. Bilateral application of ECT is carried out under anaesthesia. The outpatient unit offers special services for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety and a consultation-liaison program. The faculty members apply a regular training program for trainees. The department also holds regular meetings for brainstorming, reading recently published articles and seminars on several important issues.
Dokuz Eylul University, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
Optional. All year is available.
Language: Turkish may be useful to communicate with patients. Most of the trainees and the other staff can speak English, so fluent English is needed.
- With host: yes.
- Hospital residencies available: no.
- Other: We can help you to find low-priced accommodation. We can try to find places (other psychiatric trainees would like to host you), if you want to do couchsurfing.
Local coordinator: Hidayet Ece Arat
2: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry no.1
Supervisor: Şahbal Aras, MD, Prof
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) In-patient Unit of Dokuz Eylul University Hospital of School of Medicine is one of the three institutions which give inpatient mental health service in the child and adolescent psychiatry discipline in Turkey. In our unit, patient admission has started since November 2005. We accept patients between 0 to 18 years old. However, most of the patients which are admitted to the unit are consisted of adolescent age group. The unit has 10 beds and plus 5 daily care patients capacity. The patients are mostly from Aegean region and the patients referred from many parts of the country can also be accepted to the unit.
Admission criteria are mainly, diagnostic clarification, treatment planning for severe psychiatric states, crises intervention, and forensic mental health assessment. On the other hand, the psychopathologies that need highly secure accommodation (such as substance abuse-dependency, severe disruptive behavioral problems, high risk of self harm) and organic medical conditions that need extra nursing care and medical assistance are not accepted to the unit.
Our CAMHS in-patient unit provides a multidisciplinary and multi-model treatment service based on psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and family psychotherapies, pharmacotherapy and educational therapies. These treatment services are presented in a therapeutic community setting based on peer group and peer relations. The treatment team is consisted of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, teachers and nurses. The young people in the unit are treated with multi-model treatment via the scheduled programs for weekdays and weekends. The average duration of stay in the unit is determined as 8-10 weeks. This duration can change according to the need of the child and the adolescent. The team consists of two consultant child and adolescent psychiatrists, three child and adolescent psychiatry trainees, one or two psychologist, six nurses, one educational specialist and one social worker. We are very happy if you join our team.
Dokuz Eylul University, School of Medicine, Department of Child and Adolescent Psyciatry Balçova, İzmir
January – March is available
Language: If you know a bit Turkish, you will feel better, but it’s not obligatory. Fluent English is needed.
- With host: Yes. Maybe we can find in this duration.
- Hospital residencies available: no.
- Other info like rents: You can find hotels in appropriate fee near hospital and we plan another places which university students stay with a little fee or free. If you prefer doing couchsurfing, we can try.
Local coordinator: Bari Ay
3. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry no.2
Supervisor: Burcu Ozbaran , MD, Assoc. Prof
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Inpatient Unit of Ege University Hospital of Medical Faculty is one of the three institutions which give inpatient mental health service in the child and adolescent psychiatry discipline in Turkey. We accept patients between 0 to 18 years old. Commonly seen disorders in unit are psychotic disorders and bipolar disorder. Most of the patients which are admitted to the unit are consisted of adolescent age group. The unit has 12 beds capacity. The patients are mostly from Aegean region but patients from other regions are being accepted.
Admission criteria are mainly diagnostic clarification, intervention for severe psychiatric conditions and forensic mental health assessment.
The treatment team is consisted of consultant psychiatrists, trainees, psychologists, psychotherapists and nurses. The average duration of stay in the unit is determined as 2-6 weeks. This duration can change according to the need of the child and the adolescent. The team consists of two consultant child and adolescent psychiatrists, three child and adolescent psychiatry trainees, two psychologist, six nurses, one educational specialist and one social worker. Due to being one of three hospital which are giving mental health service in our country, our clinic application and admission number is high. We are very happy if you join our team.
Ege University, School of Medicine, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department
Except June, July, August whole year is available, but to be better we recommend you to contact with local coordinator.
- With host: no. There is no available beds which addressed for this programme. It will be better for you to accommodate your place. Our clinical staffs and trainees may help you to get one.
- Hospital residencies available: no.
Local coordinator: Burak Baytunca
VISA needed: NO Check out the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Travel and health insurance needed: YES
4. General Adult Psychiatry
Supervisor: Ali Keyvan, M.D., Associated Professor of Psychiatry
The clinic is Turkey’s largest and oldest-established mental institute with approximately 1400 bed capacity (400 female, 500 male, 400 forensic, 130 alcohol and substance addiction) and 4000 outpatient admissions monthly. This tertiary research institute affiliated with national ministry of health, receive a substantial portion of referrals from all over the country making the institute handling the most complex and compelling patient profile. The inpatient units serve as closed wards where suicidal/homicidal patients are under intense care. Mostly encountered diagnoses are in psychotic spectrum and mood disorders. Visiting trainees have the opportunity to follow up numerous cases to receive electroconvulsive treatment.
Trainees may also engage in teaching activities. There are institutional seminars held on weekly basis for trainees and monthly for all mental health care professionals, occasionally via English speaking lecturers. The education supervisors in each unit carry out a regular training program for trainees. The departments also hold regular meetings for conducting clinical researches, presenting recently published articles and seminars on several up-to-date topics. The timetable will be set up with local coordinators after consulting to the supervisors of the units prior to the start of the exchange.
Bakirkoy Research and Training Hospital for Psychiatry, Neurology and Neurosurgery
Optional. All year is available.
Language: Turkish may be useful to communicate during psychiatric interviews. Most of the trainees and the other staff can speak English, therefore fluent English is required.
- With host: Maybe. Depending on the available resources, you can stay with local coordinators or other trainees.
- Hospital residencies available: No.
- Other: We can help you to find low-priced accommodation.
- Recommended websites: couchsurfing.com, www.booking.com, www.hostelworld.com, www.hostels.com
Local coordinator: Elif Çarpar
National coordinator: Uğur Çıkrıkçılı
Izmir municipality http://www.izmir.bel.tr/
Dokuz Eylül University www.deu.edu.tr
Child and adolescent psychiatry department of the Ege University medical faculty http://egehastane.ege.edu.tr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=105&Itemid=236
Psychiatric Association of Turkey www.psikiyatri.org.tr
Turkish Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry www.cogepder.org.tr
Exchange Team Turkey – 2013 (left to right: DC, NÇ, GÖ)