Reflections – Psychiatry

Psychiatry is definitely a very different and complex field, and I am very fortunate to have such an experienced and knowledgeable preceptor to help guide me through psychiatry! 🙂 During this rotation, I had the opportunity to care for patients with various psychiatric disorders such as eating disorders, bipolar, and many more. Before this rotation, I had found psychiatry very daunting…and it’s definitely more of an art than a science as evidence in psychiatry often has various limitations. But, with the help of Gillian, I was able to develop a systematic approach to working up patients and identifying and comparing different therapeutic alternatives. Additionally, through our therapeutic discussions, I also gained a stronger understanding of common psychiatric disorders and was able to garner a lot of clinical pearls from Gillian. In my future rotations, I will continue to develop my knowledge and ability to perform therapeutic drug monitoring for common psychiatric medications (e.g. lithium).


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