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What are medical residencies like?

I want to go into psychiatry and 4-5 years of the schooling is medical residencies. I just want to know what to expect and what I am getting myself into. #medicine #psychiatry #psychiatrists #doctor #hospital-and-health-care


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Estelle’s Answer

I agree. Residency is definitely challenging, and sleep deprivation is often a problem. However, it is also a super exciting time in your career. You will be learning tons of practical information and skills that you use for your entire career. I have been in practice for 30 years and still rely on the training that began in residency. It's a time to relish and anticipate, not dread.

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Susan Delphine’s Answer

Medical residencies are super-intense. Your work week might be 80+ hours. There are laws to ban this kind of work week for residents, but in fact, residents who complain about the violations get ugly consequences.

Many doctors work 80+ hour work weeks.

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Richard’s Answer

You perform the duties of a physician with gradually increasing responsiblity. At first, most of your work is double checked / supervised by more senior physicians. As time goes on, the supervision decreases until you are an independently functioning physician.

During residency, the hours can be brutal and sleep deprivation is definitely a problem.

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Ross’s Answer

As a psychologist I work with a variety of MD's and never felt limited in my choices of fields of work. I always had connections with Doctors to refer patients to who I felt would need medical services. If your interest is in neuroscience research or administration of medical facilities you probably will be happier with the MD.

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