Thursday, May 15, 2008

One more week
My psych rotation ends a week from tomorrow. Most clerkship psychiatry rotations are largely inpatient following a specific staff psychiatrist, but mine has been almost exclusively outpatient. I do assessments on people referred either through their family doc or emergency. We make medication recommendations and then I see them a few more times to do a clumsy attempt at therapy.

This might be appropriate for some people that have short-term crisis-induced problems. But many of the people that come to our service have long standing interpersonal, personality and mental health problems. I feel bad that some of these people wait a month or more to see a psychiatrist, hoping that they will find a way to dig themselves out of an existence that has become painful and hopeless.

And then they end up with me. For a few weeks.

1 comment:

Dragonfly said...

Waiting times for psych services can be just as bad as surgical wait list. And possibly more dangerous for the patient.