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IwishIwasbetter
01-30-2011, 12:16 PM
well, i think i found my answer so if you dont want to respond its fine

onehandbh
01-30-2011, 01:01 PM
well, i think i found my answer so if you dont want to respond its fine

Just don't be like the one in The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo.

LameTennisPlayer
01-30-2011, 02:11 PM
u may need to take a few lessons in spelling first....as u dont want to prescibe medication that looks similar to the wrong people with similar looking names... hehe

ollinger
01-30-2011, 02:26 PM
Medical school, like most graduate schools, is total immersion in one subject. Classes all day, reading all evening. I loved it, because I love the subject matter. If you don't, you'd hate it. After med school, a one year internship in internal medicine or pediatrics (I did medicine) and a three year residency in psychiatry, during which life is a little more normal, working all day but having your free time mostly for yourself. What is it like? Like anything else, it just depends on why you want to do it.

BounceHitBounceHit
01-30-2011, 03:58 PM
Medical school, like most graduate schools, is total immersion in one subject. Classes all day, reading all evening. I loved it, because I love the subject matter. If you don't, you'd hate it. After med school, a one year internship in internal medicine or pediatrics (I did medicine) and a three year residency in psychiatry, during which life is a little more normal, working all day but having your free time mostly for yourself. What is it like? Like anything else, it just depends on why you want to do it.

Hey Ollinger,

Didn't realize you were a psychiatrist too! :) Small world.

Best,

BHBH

SirGounder
01-30-2011, 04:23 PM
Hopefully I'll be able to let you know what medical school is like starting this fall.

SuperFly
01-30-2011, 06:15 PM
Monitoring this thread now. I'm looking towards being a social worker.

Eph
01-31-2011, 10:22 AM
Monitoring this thread now. I'm looking towards being a social worker.

You won't go to medical school to become a social worker. At least not traditionally...

sureshs
01-31-2011, 10:32 AM
Medical school, like most graduate schools, is total immersion in one subject. Classes all day, reading all evening. I loved it, because I love the subject matter. If you don't, you'd hate it. After med school, a one year internship in internal medicine or pediatrics (I did medicine) and a three year residency in psychiatry, during which life is a little more normal, working all day but having your free time mostly for yourself. What is it like? Like anything else, it just depends on why you want to do it.

So you ARE a psychiatrist :-)

sureshs
01-31-2011, 10:40 AM
Coincidentally, read an article yesterday by a woman who had tried different psychiatrists and found no benefit. Her conclusions were what I had been wondering for a long time.

The way I look at it, there are two scenarios. In one, there is an urgent need to do something. Hospitalization and medicine are the only avenues available. The person must be lifted out of a dangerous cloud of negativity.

The second scenario is I guess what many psychologists work in. This deals with long term emotional issues and self-destructive patterns. In this scenario, the author of the article found no relief. I suspect that there is NO such relief possible in a scientific framework, because science is limited by being required to adhere to the truth as we know it physically and very few can handle the truth. Existential problems can be addressed only in religion and philosophy, because you can say: there is a greater purpose and it will be obvious to you later, no matter what life seems like right now. Religion and philosophy provide a broader set of tools to draw upon.

r2473
01-31-2011, 11:04 AM
^^ Very interesting......and how does that make you feel?

Oops, times up. Here is your prescription for Prozac.

If that doesn't cure you, try this one for Viagra.

sureshs
01-31-2011, 01:15 PM
^^ Very interesting......and how does that make you feel?

Oops, times up. Here is your prescription for Prozac.

If that doesn't cure you, try this one for Viagra.

I know you never went to med school but I won't tell anyone what you do in the hospital.

r2473
01-31-2011, 01:58 PM
I know you never went to med school but I won't tell anyone what you do in the hospital.

You mean besides troll for rich widows?

Kevin T
01-31-2011, 04:02 PM
You mean besides troll for rich widows?

I knew you were cool, r2. In my single 20's, I always liked hanging out with the residents. Very bright, attractive enough (I'm being generous) and starved for approval from anyone, none the less a charming, handsome guy like me. :) Fish in a barrel. An even bigger plus...very little time away from work those first couple of years=one day per week commitment max from me. Those were the salad days.

r2473
01-31-2011, 04:13 PM
In my single 20's, I always liked hanging out with the residents. Very bright, attractive enough (I'm being generous) and starved for approval from anyone, none the less a charming, handsome guy like me. :) Fish in a barrel.

The OBGYN residents / fellows are, as a rule, very....ah....."plain" shall we say. But you are dead on about being starved for approval.

Poor kids.

goober
02-01-2011, 07:24 AM
Interesting you chose a tennis forum for this question. Go post it on Student doctor network where there are thousands of people who are in med school, in residency or are attendings posting on those forums.

pound cat
02-01-2011, 02:42 PM
Interesting you chose a tennis forum for this question. Go post it on Student doctor network where there are thousands of people who are in med school, in residency or are attendings posting on those forums.


I think Iwishiwasbetter should give up the idea of medical school.

Mansewerz
02-01-2011, 03:34 PM
Is it hell?

Kevin T
02-01-2011, 03:45 PM
I think Iwishiwasbetter should give up the idea of medical school.

What about chiropractic? :)