Psychiatry is a dying practice

Swiss psychiatry - specialist title with little prestige

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Swiss doctors are no longer interested in the second largest medical specialty - but fewer and fewer doctors from neighboring countries are also coming to the clinics.

One reason for the increased influx of foreign psychiatrists is the lack of local offspring. Doctors who complete their medical degree in Switzerland are hardly interested in the specialist title “Psychiatry and Psychotherapy”. This is the result of a further analysis of data from the Institute for Medical Education and Training SIWF, Link opens in a new window by the SRF health program “Pulse”.

The evaluation of the data reported by the clinics in 2019 from the medical assistance centers shows that while in the largest subject “General Internal Medicine” 65 percent of interns have a Swiss medical degree, in the second largest subject, “Psychiatry and Psychotherapy”, the figure is only 25 percent - that is the deepest Swiss -Share of the largest medical specialties.

Comparison of assistant positions in the largest medical fields

Subject areaTotal positions 2019With a Swiss doctor's diplomawith an EU doctor's diplomawith a non-EU doctor's diplomaTotal EU & non-EU
General internal medicine351964.6%32.4%3.0%35.4%
Psychiatry and psychotherapy141625.0%61.1%13.9%75.0%
surgery111849.1%
49.0%1.9%50.9%
Anesthesiology65765.1%33.8%1.1%34.9%
Gynecology and obstetrics63641.8%55.5%2.7%58.2%
Source: SIWF statistics, 2019
Evaluation: SRF «Puls»

As recently as 2009, the Swiss share was 37 percent - but this share has steadily decreased since then, although the Psychiatric Society SGPP has been trying for several years to get more young Swiss doctors interested in the subject.

But according to Julius Kurmann, who is responsible for further training at the SGPP, psychiatry has a bad image. Training to become a specialist doctor takes a long time, is expensive, and, in contrast to other medical subjects, you have to "enter yourself as a whole person".

The shortage of Swiss doctors is particularly evident in clinics and outpatient clinics - in other words, where it comes to demanding emergencies in acute crises and delicate forced admissions. During their six-year specialist training, many interns work there in direct contact with patients.

Fewer Germans - more non-EU

While in previous years positions were filled with doctors from the neighboring countries of Germany, Austria and France (French-speaking Switzerland), many clinics now have to recruit their medical staff from outside the EU as well. This is also shown by the «pulse» data evaluation.

Clinics outside the large centers are particularly affected. The psychiatry services of the Canton of Aargau and the Canton of Solothurn now have around 40 percent doctors with a non-EU diploma in their service.

In the case of the St. Gallen Süd psychiatric services, the figure is as high as 45 percent. Most of these doctors come from Serbia, others from Russia, Sri Lanka, Egypt or Tunisia.

For the clinic, this means a greater effort, says Angela Brucher, chief physician, Psychiatry Services South, opposite “Puls”. Especially at the beginning, these assistants would have to be looked after more closely and would be supported by experienced senior physicians, but also by the nursing staff.

In addition, an offer for in-depth German courses has been set up with the Migros Club School. In principle, foreign doctors require German language skills at B2 level when they are employed.

Daily news at noon, 02/17/2020, 12:45 p.m.

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  • Comment from Michael Weiss (Waberer)
    As a member of this dying genus, I experience the following: a demanding area with a lot of ambiguity and practically no more innovations. Much to be endured frustrations by irreversible fate and impotence in a crazy world. High expectations from all sides, modest opportunities to help, ultimately it is above all helping people to help themselves. Relatively poor pay, long and expensive training and the stigma of being insane give the subject the rest
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  • Comment from Patrik Müller (P.Müller)
    Is it a daring thesis that it is like usual with doctors and hospitals: the fewer doctors the fewer patients and vice versa?
    Why does the Norwegian healthcare system work with 6 times fewer hospitals / residents than in Switzerland? Or do the Norwegians expose themselves to an increased health risk?
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  • Comment from Lily Mathys (All taken)
    "Generally speaking, foreign doctors require knowledge of German at B2 level when they are employed."
    B2? I speak several (non-European) languages ​​at B2 level (or equivalent), but I wouldn't dare to have such deep and complex conversations. In D-Switzerland there is also the problem of dialect. How should someone who speaks a foreign language on B2 correctly assess such an (emergency) situation? Is hardly possible.
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