For this blog challenge, I am choosing a career as a Psychiatrist.
Psychiatrists are physicians who practice psychiatry which is the medical specialty devoted to the study, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders. This career requires intense understanding of the body's functions and the complex relationship between emotional illnesses. The psychiatrist is otherwise known as the mental health professional best qualified to distinguish between physical and physiological causes of mental and physical distress.
A study in 2015 estimated that approximately 43 Million Americans (1 in 5) have experienced a serious mental illness in a given year. Did you know that...
1.1% of adults in the U.S. live with schizophrenia?
2.6% of adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder?
6.9% of adults in the U.S. had at least one major depressive episode in the past year?
18.1% of adults in the U.S. have experienced a form of an anxiety disorder?
Among the 20 million adults in the U.S. who struggle with substance abuse, 40% of those adults had a co-occurring mental illness.
Half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14. However, despite effective treatment, there are long delays between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help.
Mental illness is the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., the third leading cause of death for people aged 10-24, and the second leading cause of death for people aged 15-24.
Based on the statistics above, mental illness is a major problem in the U.S., and also worldwide. Often, there is a stigma surrounding mental illness which can be caused by many factors.
The reason I chose this career is because 1) I wish to end the stigma surrounding mental illness 2) I live with mental illness 3) I enjoy learning about medicine and the effects it has on the body 4) I have a passion for helping others.
Also, I believe that psychiatry plays a significant role in links between the genome, the cell, cellular networks, and clinical symptoms. Sitting at the intersection of a number of fields, psychiatry brings scientists, clinicians, patients, families and the public together to improve the well-being and mental health of people.
Penn State Hershey Medical Center is a participating member of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and all applicants for first-year positions must register with this program. Most programs require a completed NRMP application form, Medical Student Performance Evaluation (formerly Dean's letter) and transcript. and reference letters for application. Most residency (and some fellowship) programs participate in ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service administered by the Associate of American Medical Colleges).
Penn State Hershey offers a Psychiatry degree through their Psychiatry program which is a fully accredited, two-year fellowship training program in child psychiatry. The heart of the training program is a two year integrated didactic curriculum that covers a variety of topics in detail. These topics include:
- Child Development
- Developmental Psychopathology
- Pediatric Psychopharmacology
- Psychotherapies such as Family Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Dynamic Therapy, and Cognitive Therapy.
- Extended seminars are held on a wide range of additional topics such as Administration in Child Psychiatry, Pediatric Neuropsychiatry, and Child Advocacy.
Required Clinical Rotations
During the first year, clinical rotations are varied. The outpatient rotations are devoted to:
- Pediatric Neurology Clinic
- Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Program
- CBT Group
- ADHD Clinic
- Pediatric Consultation Liaison
- Anxiety Clinic
- Mood Disorder Clinic
- Autism Spectrum Clinic
First year training also includes a 6 month rotation at the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute Child Inpatient Unit (a collaboration between Hershey Medical Center and Pinnacle Health).
The second year consists of two six-month rotations through through various community child psychiatry sites, outpatient clinics and elective rotations. These include:
- Lincoln Intermediate Unit rotation (school based evaluations)
- Community psychiatry centers
- Forensic child psychiatry rotation
- Substance abuse treatment center
- ASD school/clinics
- Longitudinal Clinic
- Child Consultation Clinic
- Eating Disorder Outpatient Clinic
- Scholarly activity rotation
- Family therapy
- Eating disorder outpatient
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic
- Sleep Clinic
- Long-term Psychodynamic Clinic
- Mood Disorder Clinic
- ADHD Clinic
The UC Davis Internal Medicine/Psychiatry (IMP) Residency is a five year program in which residents complete requirements for both internal medicine and psychiatric training. At the end of the five years, graduates are board-eligible in both specialties and expertly trained in how to integrate medical and psychiatric care.
During the course of this training, UC Davis IMP residents attend weekly educational sessions on integrated care and receive mentorship and supervision by several of our dually-trained faculty. They work closely with residents and faculty in the categorical Internal Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Departments, both of which are highly regarded ACGME-accredited programs. In addition to the core psychiatric and internal medicine training, UC Davis IMP residents work in three different integrated ambulatory clinics and participate in telepsychiatry consultation.
- Applications for PGY-1 positions will be accepted through ERAS beginning September 2015.
- Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a psychiatrist familiar with your work
- Medical school transcript
- USMLE or COMLEX scores
- Your medical school Dean of Student Affairs will send a Dean's letter via ERAS on or after October. Please confirm this with your school.
Admission to Harvard Medical School is very selective.
Other requirements to enter Harvard Medical School Include:
-A completed full year of Biology
-A completed full year of physics
Course and Examination Requirements for the MD Degree: