Rather than post about the continuing discussion regarding my rank list with Wife I will instead post about some other topics until I feel I can discuss the situation with more perspective.
With that being said...
A post from T at Anesthesiobiost (a rather interesting blog about an Anesthesiologist living in, I think, Philly, who is trying to learn the Oboe) illustrated a point that I’ve made to some of my colleagues regarding Psychiatry.*
Unlike Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street who holds a great deal of respect for Psychiatry, I do not. Perhaps my experiences have been dominated with poor understanding or observation of the absolute worst form of practice, but I truly don’t feel Psychiatrists should be held in the same realm as physicians.
For that matter I don’t understand why they need to attend medical school in order to become head shrinkers.
Consider the experiences I’ve seen:
- Patients in an acute Psych ward were treated only by the nurse practitioner for diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, and headaches. The psych residents and attending were unable to treat these diseases and frequently asked for “med consults” when these “problems” arose. They would then ask the students about the medications and what they did as they didn't know.
- During an ECT day while on an Anesthesia rotation, we were forced to wait for the Psychiatrist to arrive 30 minutes late for the last ECT (consider that we were scheduled in another room after we finished). Once he arrived we were once again appalled to see him spend another 30 minutes talking to the patient about why they were happy having not eaten that morning (as per OR guidelines – NPO after midnight). Then, without alerting the OR team or anesthesia team, this guy allowed the patient’s family to enter the room and observe the procedure. Afterwards he described what they had done and feebly tried to recall the reason for the anesthesia team’s involvement. He fucked up the basic physiology and pharmacology so badly I lost absolute respect for him.
- Whenever a Psych consult was requested at my main teaching hospital additional measures had to be taken in order to get a resident or attending to see the patient within the week. On OB/GYN we had to personally track them down and walk them to the patient floor in order to see mothers before they were discharged. They always acted put out and asked ridiculous questions about the patient’s disease or status (like did they look tired when they delivered – of course they did!).
- An attending stated that psychologists are better talkers than psychiatrists. The job of the psychiatrist had moved from “the couch” to the pharmacy. “Let the psychologists handle the psychoanalytical discussions with the patients, they’re better trained at doing that now than we are anyway. We deliver the drugs that help people”. No, really, he actually said that.
- I spent 2 days being lectured on Freud despite many of his ideas being disproved. They guy was a fucking coke addict with a major sexual compulsion – why are we still being taught about him?
I completely agree with T’s anger over the issue she describes. I don’t understand psychiatrist’s need to attend medical college – because they sure as hell forget about disease processes when they enter residency and apparently are just glorified drug pushers.
* I am not sure what T's opinion of Psychiatry is and am not trying to make any references to the like. Her post only allowed me a moment to reflect on the level of absurdity I feel with Psychiatry.