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What is something you wish you would've known before becoming a psychiatrist?

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I was a school psychologist as well as a licensed psychologist who could practice school psychology privately. In several jobs as a school psychologist I had a great deal of clerical work to do. I often suggested to my director that a clerical worker could be paid a third of my salary to schedule meetings that often required 10 people to attend. I found scheduling these unpleasant and time consuming. I finally informed all attendees that if anyone had to reschedule the meeting, it would be up to that person to find a time for all the attendees. More clerical work involved having to make sure everyone had contributed their part to the written report to be presented at the multi-disciplinary meeting. These contributors might included the following: speech pathologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, social worker or counselor, general education teacher, special education or learning support teacher, vision therapist, nurse, sign interpreter, language interpreter, bilingual education teacher, principal of the school, district representative, behavioral specialist. Clerical duties would vary by school district. With a high caseload, these clerical duties were annoying.
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