I wanted to share this email exchange I recently had with a reader (yes! I have a reader!). With her permission I wanted to share the dialogue here because she mentions issues that are really common among med students who struggle with choosing psychiatry as a specialty:
So, I have a question to ask you and I have a feeling that you’re the right person to ask. I am sort of going through the same process that you are going through in your very first post – I went from wanting to do Ob/gyn (but came to terms with the fact that I can’t stay up all night and still be functional) to then realizing that Ophtho is the way to go (I’m on ophtho right now and in the process of ruling it out), and psych was my last rotation and I seriously became enamored with it. This was (obviously) very very unexpected.
So now I’m sitting here toying (very seriously) with the idea of going in psych now, but I wanted to hear what you had to say about the sort of common doubts that people have when applying. I’ve spoken with a few other students considering it and I know there is an idea that 1) you’re not a real doctor, 2) you are a drug-dealer, 3) wouldn’t a therapist do a better job than you in an out-patient setting (and be cheaper too)? [Read more…]