I couldn't agree more - psych scared me. A lot. Just remember what you need to get out of it - get comfortable asking people about their suicidality and delusions, etc., because that stuff comes up everywhere. Leave the rest to the people who really love that stuff.

Plus, it was so weird to go 6 weeks and barely touch a patient.
#1 Theresa (Link) on 2006-02-13 20:05
Pretty silly assignment for a medical student starting a psych rotation. Also very silly instructions. Take your glasses off, you can't see the dark look in his eyes. Duh-uh. Can you quietly and politely complain?
#2 Laurie (Link) on 2006-02-14 16:31
Doesn't seem like an ideal introduction to psych to me -- I mean, inpatient locked wards make up such a tiny fraction of the psych patient population these days. You'd think an outpatient clinic would give you more relevant experience. Sorry your experience has sucked so far. :-(
#3 Nikki (Link) on 2006-02-14 18:28
I remember when one of my med school classmates decided he wanted to learn how to do IM injections while we were on psych. He was giving a Prolixin shot to a paranoid schizophrenic. Later that day, the patient signed out AMA. We told our classmate it was because of his injection technique....

I was in my first trimester with my first child when I did that rotation. I felt very vulnerable and did NOT enjoy it - especially the night call at the VA ward with the bulletproof glass in the nurses' station!
#4 Dianna (Link) on 2006-03-03 20:45
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