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- Feb 21, 2007
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I picked psych for the same reason a lot of people pick psych: evaluating abgs or FeNA or whatever was uninterssting, surgery/procedures were not appealing, and the hours in psych seemed pretty good.
The mystery has been solved. I'm curious how many people go into psych for these reasons.
I went into it because I enjoy talking to people, I find the theory and pharmacology very interesting, and I think the field is the last "undiscovered country" in medicine with huge leaps to be made in knowledge over the course of my career, and finally...because I think I can be truly good at it.
I do like the hours, though
I think a popular concept of a physician is someone who treats physical illness with medications and/or procedures/surgery. Under this definition diagnostic radiologists and pathologists count because they provide answers about the dx of illness which then leads to treatment.
I think the popular concept of a physician has little to do with any of those things and more to do with the uniform and experience. Hence the success of mid-levels recently. Patients usually don't know or care if they're being seen by a "doctor" or "NP" or "Joe-Bob from the Corner" if that provider can make them feel better. Because THAT is what a doctor does. Makes people feel better.