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What are the things apart from academics, if a Psychiatrist learns, will be helpful in long run?

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RE: What are the things apart from academics, if a Psychiatrist learns, will be helpful in long run?

Indumathi  Selvaraj
Indumathi Selvaraj
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Apart from the Academics, One must develop skills to help any Psychiatrist in a long run.

To Become a Psychiatrist, a student must complete four years of college, Four years of medical school and three or more years in internship and Residency. Yet, Medical knowledge is just one of the skills a good Psychiatrist needs. He or she must be able to cmmunicate effectively at many levels with many different people. Know when to listen and when to question and how to pull it all together to derive a diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan for various mental disorders.

Below are few of my suggestions to develop other skills apart from academics:

1. Excellent Diagnostic skills

Psychiatrist must be able to analyse a patient's comments, symptoms and results against the vast store of knowledge he gained in medical school to arrive at a diagnosis and treatment plan. This requires not only a great deal of information recall but also the ability to reason, priortise and group responses to derive individual solutions. Understanding human biology, Psychology, group, Individual and cultural differences all play in his or her ability to accurately dianose the patient's illness.

2. Good Listening skills

A Psychiatrist must be an avid and capable listener to hear both what the patient says and discern what is not said. He needs to pay attention to the information and expression the patient uses when discussing issues and to be alert to repetitive comments that may indicate strong feelings. It's Important too that the psychiatrist be able to set aside his or her perconceptions and be open to what each patient is sayingand how can one patient differs from another. you should be active listener without interuppting but knows when to ask appropriate questions.

3.Ability to communicate well

A Psychiatrist needs to be able to communicate to many people in addition to the patient. you may talk to family members to get other perspective on the patient's problems and to assess family dynamics. you must talk with other health care professionals to co-ordinate a treatment plan for the patient. A Psychiatrist must be able to specific medical terminology to other medical professional as well as to lay people who may have limited medical knowledge.

you may take notes throughout these various conversations and places comments in the patients file for future reference. so a good command of both oral and written langauge is essential.

4. Empathy without Internalizing

To be effective Psychaitristmust care about your patients and have empathy for their problems. While you may not have similar problemshmself or herself. He or she needs to be able to understan them to analyse and determine treatment plans. yet, Listening to other people's problems can be stressful. The Psychiatrist must be able to detach himself or herself enough to avoid taking on pateints stress and emotional upheaval.

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