A Doctors ADHD Education - At Best, Two Lectures!

The training of a medical student is typically 4 years in duration. The first year is spent digesting a huge amount of basic material – anatomy, physiology, pathology etc. The second year continues the process of basic science with an exciting introduction to some patient contact. The third and fourth years are largely hospital and clinic-based as the imparting of clinical knowledge proceeds. Final examinations are completed at the end of the fourth year followed by a hospital-based internship of 1-2 years leading to one becoming a GP (general practitioner) or FD (family doctor). Time spent in a psychiatric rotation generally amounts to 1 or 2 months in total. During that time, Attention Deficit Disorder will have amounted to one lecture, maybe. (Ironically, most GP’s and FD’s who may have found psychiatry “boring and irrelevant” while in school will be the first ones to tell you that mental health issues represent 1/3 to 1/2 of their daily work load and most wish they were better trained to deal with it.)
Following completion of the process of becoming a doctor, either after a few years of practicing or immediately after completion of the internship, a graduate physician who wishes to become a psychiatrist can apply and, if accepted, enter a residency program of 3-4 years duration to study psychiatry. In the current manner, a training psychiatrist studies general adult psychiatry and, if he or she so desires, can “specialize” in child and adolescent psychiatry. Again, in the process of becoming a general adult psychiatrist, the sum total of teaching about A.D.D is one lecture (or, at best two) with some clinical discussion depending on what cases are seen.
That’s the good news. Leave aside that what is taught is frequently outdated and misleading crap. But right from the inception, Attention Deficit Disorder is improperly positioned.
— Mayer Hoffer M.D., F.R.C.P.(C.), B.Sc.(Med.), Dip. Ch. Psych., Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Psychiatrist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD across the life cycle