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Med Student from Russellville Looks Forward to Psychiatry | UAMSHealth
April 11, 2017 | For most of her career as a medical student, Meghan Kerin thought she would practice internal medicine. She had a change of heart during her psychiatry rotation. "Dr. Tariq would tell us in medical school to pick the field we feel we can do the most good. I believe for me, that's psychiatry." Sara Tariq, M.D. is assistant dean for undergraduate clinical education in the UAMS College of Medicine. Kerin, a Russellville native, says she felt compassion for her patients dealing with mental illness. She's particularly interested in child and adolescent psychiatry. There is a growing need for psychiatrists across the country. According to a recent report from the National Council Medical Director Institute, the number of practicing psychiatrists dropped by 10 percent from 2003-2013. College of Medicine senior Meghan Kerin will begin her psychiatry residency at UAMS in July. Kerin grew up around two health care professionals. Her father is a radiologist, her mother a retired