1. Download free Tapatalk for iPhone or Tapatalk for Android for your phone and follow the SDN forums with push notifications.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Hey Texans—join us for a DFW meetup! Click here to learn more.

Call as Outpatient Psychiatrist

Discussion in 'Psychiatry' started by bbpiano1, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. bbpiano1

    bbpiano1 Member
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2005
    Messages:
    142
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've heard residents say that outpatient psych involves NO call. How does this work? I thought that psychiatrists would have to take call in order to get admitting privileges at hospitals......otherwise, wouldn't internists also not take call?

    Naive,

    bb
     
  2. Note: SDN Members do not see this ad.

  3. strangeglove

    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2006
    Messages:
    708
    Likes Received:
    89
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    As far as admitting privileges, many psychiatrist who do outpatient work never actually take care of patients in the hospital. This is often handled by psychiatrists who specialize in inpatient psychiatry, who are the ones who do admissions overnight, etc. Outpatient psychiatrists take a different sort of call, which is when outpatients are in crisis or need a refill for their Klonopin or whatever and need to call someone at 3 am to deal with this.
     
  4. Chimed

    Physician 10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2007
    Messages:
    677
    Likes Received:
    22
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    Since no doctor can be on call 24/7, aren't there "call pools" that can cover emergencies when the outpt doc is out of town or out of range from their pager?
     
  5. michaelrack

    michaelrack All In at the wrong time
    Physician SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2007
    Messages:
    3,836
    Likes Received:
    954
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    some psychiatric jobs at community mental health centers do not involve call.

    Some private practice outpt psychiatrists don't take call, they tell their patients to go to the ER if they are having an emergency.
     
  6. Doc Samson

    Doc Samson gamma irradiated
    Physician 10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2005
    Messages:
    1,963
    Likes Received:
    10
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    And those of us working the ED just LOVE those doctors.
     
  7. OldPsychDoc

    OldPsychDoc Senior Curmudgeon
    Physician Moderator Emeritus SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2004
    Messages:
    6,122
    Likes Received:
    3,521
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    Ahh the joys of a large group practice!

    (25-30 docs, 2 on call at a time for phone backup and weekend rounding, about 4 times a year. I personally think that private practice is WAY overrated...)
     
  8. Chimed

    Physician 10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2007
    Messages:
    677
    Likes Received:
    22
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    Are there ways to get into a call pool like this and still be in solo practice?
     

Share This Page