-Short visits exist in many specialties, not just psych. We have to advocate for ourselves.In my naive mind, here's where I am at...
Cons of psychiatry:
- pressure to do visits too quickly in many health systems, making it sad when you feel like you aren't doing your best for your patients
- patients can be emotionally draining at times (perhaps more so than other specialties since you see fewer constitutionally happy patients)
- lower salary than most specialties, making it harder to pay back loans in a reasonable amount of time
- while some might include "lower respect," I am not concerned about this; those who matter don't mind (or respect you even more) and those who mind don't matter
- possibly more lower tier physician colleagues
- along with EM, possibility for more abusive patients
- along with EM, FM, pain, others, more drug seeking patients that could undermine your trust in patients and people
Yeah, those complaints about volume pressures, short visits and bureaucratic hassles would be made by doctors in any specialty. Check out gomerblog and kevinmd.-Short visits exist in many specialties, not just psych. We have to advocate for ourselves.
-Psych patients are in every specialty. It's important to know how to manage them, and to deal with the emotions you feel in clinical practice. Or you can do an a different specialty and just get bitter that they're all just "psych"
Overall I believe if you can understand them, then you get less bitter.
Definitely agree, was more suggesting that it's a bigger disservice and sadder thing to be time pressured in psych versus, for example, a 5 minute ortho clinic visit. In ortho, while it may not be enjoyable for the orthopod to have to go so fast, it is unlikely the patient could be significantly harmed from the speed at which he goes over the x-ray with the patient. In psych it seems like the time is more critical and the patient could be at greater risk with a time-pressured psychiatrist, if that makes sense. The orthopod would still be doing close to his or her "best" for their patient, the psych doc would not.those complaints about volume pressures, short visits and bureaucratic hassles would be made by doctors in any specialty. Check out gomerblog and kevinmd