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Opportunity in Psychiatry

Discussion in 'Psychiatry' started by KobeshouldbeaMD, Nov 29, 2017.

  1. KobeshouldbeaMD

    KobeshouldbeaMD 5+ Year Member

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    Hope all is well with all if you, as an ambitious and wide-eyed third year (and someone that is heavily considering psychiatry), I always hear about the many things you could do with your career, however I never get enough depth about the actual routes like pros and cons, time commitments, pay, gratification etc... just to name a few of the things I’ve read and heard about:

    1) Clinical practice - (though this is discussed heavily on here, I figured I would list it for completeness sake)
    - pros and cons?
    - hours?
    - starting your own vs joining?
    - pay?
    - cash vs insurance
    - what’s been your experience would you do it again?

    2) Academia
    - pros and cons?
    - hours?
    - Pay?
    - what’s been your experience and would you do it again?

    3) Going into Hospital/school administration
    - Did you get another degree? (MBA, MPH, MHA)?
    - Can you move up as far as you want in administration or does administration prefer another field (like IM?)
    - Pros and cons?
    - hours?
    - pay?
    - what’s been your experience and would you do it again?


    4) working in industry (insurance/pharma/other)?
    - how did you get involved?
    - Did you get another degree?
    - Pros and cons?
    - hours?
    - pay
    - what’s been your experience and would you do it again?

    5) independent medical examinations
    - how did you get involved in this?
    - Is it always honest or if you give people disability will the insurance company not call you back? Lol
    - Pros and cons?
    - hours?
    - pay
    - what’s been your experience and would you do it again?

    6) contract work of any kind
    - who did you work for and how did you get involved?
    - ever contracted for like a VC firm?
    - Pros and cons?
    - hours?
    - pay
    - what’s been your experience and would you do it again?

    I’m hoping these questions aren’t too invasive, I just want to get a basic understanding of the paradigm of work out there. Sharing your experience would be greatly appreciated.


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