Hi -- just thought some of you would be interested in seeing this post (http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?s=&postid=1111811) in the General Residency Issues forum, from someone who's concerned about psychiatric drugs, overdiagnosis, etc.
01-19-2004, 10:49 AM
That was a pretty enlightening post. I just have to chuckle when people think that ECT is brutal, but slicing someone's abdomen wide open is ok.
It sounds like someone has been reading the book"Mad in America" by Robert Whitaker. Whitaker talks about the same issues and raises the same questions.
01-20-2004, 12:53 PM
Thanks for the reply u sent to my message a couple of days back.I have read many of ur messages including the latest one which shows that ur keen interest & knowledge of psychiatry.I have a couple of very imp interviews this week.Can you please tell me how to effectively answer when asked about reasons for choosing this speciality.I have always been interested in psychology & talking to people.Thats the reason I chose this branch but unfortunately I have no research experience in psychiatry which could show my keen interest(reason being no opportunity..I am an IMG) & so I feel it might not be convincing enough to them.Please guide on how to convince them that I am genuinely interested in psychiatry which is a truth.As a matter of fact I have difficulty convincing even my friends who think that after having good scores(actually average:207 & 221) how could I think of just applying in psychiatry which is so unreal(thats the term my friend used).I personally feel that its like exploring the unknown..& thats the thing which makes it fascinating.Infact if i dont get into a decent program this year I am thinking of doing a research in psychiatry somewhere before applying next year coz i cant think of doing anything else in my life.
Another things is that I am very interested in the psychotherapy trainging.Is it ok to mention this during interviews?I was concerend because most programs emphasise on psychopharmacology & they might think of this as a negative point.
The interviews I have coming up are
Albert einstein beth israel
(Mount sinai) cabrini medical center
Nassau uni medical center
Maimonides medical center
SUNY brooklyn health center
Please lemme know if you have any idea about the programs here.Any input will be reeeeeeeeeeeaally appreciated.Thanks & good luck.
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If anybody else can guide me on this please do so.......thanks a ton.
01-20-2004, 02:47 PM