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Choosing a Specialty

Written by Mary · Wednesday 13th March 2013

Remember when you were doing uni applications, and had to deal with the same handful of questions from people you bumped into…

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Mhairi Hepburn
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Posted over 6 years ago
This has made me think it might be useful to put together a post about clinical work I've done recently to show the range of things that an old age psychiatrist does, just thinking about how to do that in a way that gives plenty detail about what I do wit
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Mhairi Hepburn
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Posted over 6 years ago
"It’s a lot of analyzing abstract ideas about someone’s conscious/subconscious." No it isn't. I'm a psychiatrist and that is not what my job is about at all! Have you done a clinical attachment in psychiatry? I hope you get the chance to see what we
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Jeremy Walker
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Site Administrator
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Posted over 6 years ago
Speaking as a member of the general public, I don't think most of us perceive psychiatrists to be crap or lazy. We form perceptions based on our personal interactions and I think until we have either positive or negative experiences, we tend to be knowing
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Catrin Jones
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Medical Student - Liverpool
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Posted over 6 years ago
Thank you for such an interesting blog post Mirna: it's definitely given me some food for thought! To be perfectly honest, the first time I read this post, I just thought 'hrrumph,this is just a description of stereotypes", but the more I ve though about
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Mhairi Hepburn
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Posted over 6 years ago
It may be a joke, but it's not very funny when many doctors (let alone members of the general public) don't actually know what you do, automatically think you're crap and lazy, think there's no evidence base to what you do and provide a poorer standard of
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Jeremy Walker
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Site Administrator
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Posted over 6 years ago
Mhairi - I'd love to read that blog post by you. I think it'd be a great way to change some of the perceptions that clearly students and laypeople have about psychiatrists! :)
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Mhairi Hepburn
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Posted over 6 years ago
I'll get started on it soon then... I'm an old age psychiatrist, so it would be good to get posts from colleagues in other subspecialties as well (general adult, learning disability, child and adolescent, forensic, liaison, perinatal, even the psychothera
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Mary
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Medical Student
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Posted over 6 years ago
I actually haven't spent very much time on psychiatry; sorry if this was ignorant! Would love to read a blog from you about what it's really like as well
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Amy Fowler
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Posted over 5 years ago
This seems to have raised quite an interesting set of opinions and views! I don't know if it would be possible, but maybe this it would be useful to get some blog posts from people from different specialities up on here; for those of on the brink of ventu
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Molly Gorman
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Medical Student - Liverpool
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Posted over 6 years ago
I think the best way to decide on a specialty is to spend some time there, until then you might not know if you're a "family man" or any of the others. I always thought I would hate gynaecology but I actually found it very interesting, conversely I really
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Dr jeniffer homes
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General Practitioner - Dam Head Medical Centre
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Posted about 4 years ago
It is also important to treat each member as an individual patient– this can sometimes be difficult, especially when dealing with the offspring, so you need to be extra prepared to deal some dilemmas regarding consent (like that Gillick competent thing)
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Raza Toosy
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General Practitioner
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Posted over 6 years ago
They say Neurosurgeons know everything and do everything, Neurologist know everything but do nothing and Psychiatrists know nothing and do nothing! Before the trolls come out to play, this is meant to be a joke :)
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