Hello. This is Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman of Columbia University speaking today for Medscape. Recently I saw a news report that stated that of all medical subspecialties it’s projected that the greatest need in the future to meet the healthcare needs of the US population is in psychiatry. That is of all of the medical subspecialties, there is a shortage of psychiatrists to meet the needs of the population in the future. This is interesting because I’ve long felt that there was really an understaffing of the workforce of mental health professionals to meet what we know to be the public mental health need for mental illness. This is something that would be apparent to anybody who understands the epidemiology of mental illness…….
Jeffrey A Lieberman, MD
Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health