Neha Shaikh

I am a bhms student..i wanna be psychiatrist so what are the steps should I take achieve my goal?

bhms student in mumbai but wanna be a psychiatrist after completeing bhms so how to achieve that aim?

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RE: I am a bhms student..i wanna be psychiatrist so what are the steps should I take achieve my goal?

Indumathi  Selvaraj
Indumathi Selvaraj
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Thank you for reaching

I understand you are a BHMS student and you are interested and thinking to become a Psychiatrist.But you are not quite sure where to begin. First let me tell you, Psychiatry is a very interesting profession. However, for your information A big part of this involves understaning the Psychiatry and Psychology as theyare two different fields that intersect within the mental health field.

A Psychiatrist is a medical doctor that specializes in the treatement of mental disorders. There are number of different speciality areas in Psychiatry.

1. Addiction Psychiatrist - Works with people suffering from addiction and substances abuse issues

2. Adult Psychiatrist - Works with adults experiencing mental illness or psychology distress

3. Adolescent and Child Psychiatrist - Works with Children and teens

4. Forensic Psychiatrist - Works in the courts and Criminal justice system

5. Geriatric Psychiatrist - Works with elderly populations

6. Neuro Psychiatrist - Treats mental disorders associated with nervous system Problems Brain diseases and brain injuries

7. Organisational Psychiatrist - Practices Psychiatry in workplace and Organisational settings

Psychiatry - requires a bachelor's degree+Medical Degree+residency in psychiatry, Are able to prescribe Medications.

Psychology - There are different types of Psychology, Especially a Clinical Psychology requires a Bachelor's degree+Doctoral Degree+ Licensing Exam EPPP+ Internship/Post doctoral residency

While some people use the terms interchangeably they are not the same. These two types of Professionals differ significantly in professional focus and educational requirements.

Steps to become Psychiatrist:

  1. Earn your Bachelor's degree - Start by earning undergraduate degree with a focus on pre-medical Preparation. While many students might automatically choose a bachelor's in Psychology, this certainly is not your only option. Social science fields such as sociology or Health science can be a good choice as are other concentrations more focused on the life sciences such as Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy, Zoology and Physiology. During your undergraduate years you will need to take courses that will prepare you for graduate school such as organic chemistry, Biology and Physics. You will need to take entrance exams and apply for Medical school

  2. Attend Medical School - Enroll in medical school. Remember, a psychiatrist is a medical doctor with advanced training in Psychiatry. Medical school usually takes 4 - 5 years to complete. The first two years of the program typically concentrate on science courses including biology, Pathology and related coursework. During the last two years of your program you will enter rotations where you will work directly with doctors and other health care professionals. Your residency is a period of training in yout chosen speciality area.

  3. Complete your Residency - Complete your Psychiatric residency. This residency takes four more years during which you will work in outpatient, in patient and various sub specialty areas. In most cases you will spend some time doing general medical rotations in areas including family medicines and Pediatrics. You will then spend some time working in neurology before moving on and spending the remainder of your residency focusing on Psychiatry and chosen electives

  4. Become Licensed to practice - Become Licensed by passing your state Board Exam. Every State requires Psychiatrists to beocme licensed to practice although each state has different requirements. Be sure to check out the steps you need to follow in the state where you plan to parctice

  5. Get Certified

Iam not sure if you have completed BHMS or If you want to do Psychiatry after completing BHMS, The Educational timeline for becoming a Psychiatrist looks muck like this:

Bachelors degree: 4 years

Medical Degree: 4 Years

Residency: 4 Years

So If you include the time it takes to earn a bachelor degree, most students are looking at spending at least 12 years . If you are interested in becoming certified in a sub speciality area you may have to complete a fellowhip that take an additional one or two years of post residency work.

I would request you to think carefully to check your feasibility to acheive the goal.

Hope this helps and If you require further information, Please reach again to and we will be happy to assit you

All The very Best

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