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What thinks I need to learn during my college to become a successful Psychiatrist?

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RE: What thinks I need to learn during my college to become a successful Psychiatrist?

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Indumathi Selvaraj
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I am not sure if you are a student of Psychiatry or you are interested in becoming a successful Psychiatrist by joining the medical college. I wish you would have provided some more information of your studies or your backgroundso that I would have tried to help you or suggest you with more accurate information. However, Below are some of my thoughts which could help you have a understanding


The things you should know if you are interested in becoming a psychiatrist:

A Psychiatrist, similar to a Psychologist deals with mental disorders and treating them. However they have a distinct difference - Psychiatrists are more affiliated with medicine. That means they focus more on studying, diagnosing, treating and preventing mental disorders from a medical standpoint rather than studying the patient and their behaviour due to the disorder. So before you take a step into the world of Psychiatrist you should make sure it is really what you want to do.

Ponder on the below points If you want to become a successful Psychiatrist:

Are you able to listen to other people speaking, genuinely beign able to take all the information given to you and respond appropriately? If your answer is no, Psychiatry probably isn't right for you. But if you are capable to listening to a patient for up to an hour at a time without beign judgemental, you may have what it takes to be a Psychiatrist. And if you enjoy doing it, then that is even better. Here are some questions to ask yourself before getting started in Psychiatry:

1. Do you like beign in one on one situations rather than beign in a group?

2. Do you like letting other people lead conversations?

3. Can you maintain composure under stress or duress?

4. Do you like having people place their trust in you?

5. Are you a patient person? If not, you may find being a Psychaitrist to be harder jobs you will face.

6. Are you interested in the human mind and the various affects medication has in restoring or repairing it to its optimum form.

7. Are you intersted in learning more about mental disorders such as schizophrenia or PTSD?

8. Are you good at memorizing? Do you like to diagnose problems?

These are some of the things to keep in mind before you decide to go into Psychiatry. And while these introspective questions may not be extensive. They are some key indicators in telling whether you are interested in the field before you jump right into it.

What does it take to become a successful Psychiatrist:

The Road to becoming a licensed Psychiatrist is long one, but if you love the field and want to help people with mental ailments, it is well worth the time and effort needed. First off you must have your bachelor's degree. Some students choose to major in Psychology, but there are many other social sciences or life sciences that will be equally be useful. You could do sociology or health science if you are more intersted in the Pople aspect or you can go into Physiology or biology if you are into the medical aspect. However no matter which one you choose it is important to get some Pre-med experience throughout your journey. Once you are prepared you can take your MCAT's inorder to apply school once you obtain your undergraduate degree.

Upon entering medical school you can ecpect to find a similar environment from your undergraduate experience. basically just taking science classes inorder to expand your knowledge in the field of medicine. However, after two years you can expect to start shadowing doctors, Psychiatrists or other health care professionals inorder to finish your medical school training. This is second part of medical school is called rotations. All in all you can expect medical school to last four years. Before graduating you will need to apply for residency in some psychiatric facility inorder to finalise your psychiatrist licensing.

Your residency will take you an extra four years but will develop your skills using on the job training. You will work with mentors and other residents in rotations inorder to get hands on experience in all fields of psychiatry including research and diagnosis. You will also receive clinical training inorder to further expand your knowledge of psychiatric medical treatments. Overall your time in your residency should be a rewarding and enriching experience, if you take it in the right place. Choosing the perfect place to do your residency is another topic of its own and should be thoroughly researched committing to one.

Finally, after you go through your undergraduate program, medical school, and residency you must pass your state's board exam to be licensed.

Hope This information helps. If you still require further information and clarifications you can always most welcome to contact us through Mera

All the very best

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