“What would you want to be when you grow up?” All of us have possibly answered this question when we were a kid, and perhaps not a single one has replied: “I want to be a psychiatrist!” We probably never had any idea this profession exists. Our innocence might have protected us from the knowledge that mental health issues do exist, and we need people to specialize in that field to provide help to people who need it.
What Are The Steps You Need To Accomplish To Become A Psychiatrist?
- You must obtain a bachelor’s degree. Any course is qualified but taking up courses which would gain you an advantage are namely biology, chemistry, physics, and math.
- You must obtain a medical degree and gain exposure to all the necessary education you need.
- You must complete a residency which could usually take four years.
- You must obtain a license to practice psychiatry.
- Having a board certification from American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) gives you more credibility and opportunity, but it’s not required to practice.
Being a certified psychiatrist is not enough to be successful. Many factors influence a person’s success in his profession and obtaining the necessary certifications is just the beginning of the course towards becoming a successful psychiatrist.
What Are The Qualities You Need To Be An Excellent And Successful Psychiatrist?
You should have the humility to accept that there is no limitation to learning. As long as you live, there are new things that can contribute to your growth, and you can gain them through your experiences and that of those you interact with every day.
“Someone not burdened with the fears and concerns around the decision can bring a unique wisdom that can accelerate success,” shares Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D.
You should be able to show sincere empathy to people who are experiencing difficulties in life. Hearing their struggles is not enough. It is essential to listen to everything they want to convey and feel what they wish to express. When dealing with difficult behavior, Paul Chafetz, PsyD offers this advice: “Respond with empathy but remain vague and noncommittal.”
You need to have complete sensitivity to understand your patient fully. At the same time, you need to be able to filter your words to deliver positive words and prevent misunderstanding. Remember that everything you say will echo in your patient’s head, so make sure that they are all encouraging.
To be an excellent psychiatrist, you need to be able to build connection and trust. It is crucial that your patient is comfortable in telling you everything, and they are sure that your ultimate intention is to better their situation.
One of the uniqueness of psychiatrists is they can prescribe medications to patients to address symptoms of mental health issues. Some problems are a bit challenging that they need more than just counseling and therapies. An excellent psychiatrist should be able to think and act fast and should have the proper knowledge of the drugs available to treat specific conditions.
License and certifications are required to be able to practice our dream professions, but it takes more than these to be extraordinary in what we do. There are far more significant factors in determining our success. All occupations are made to help humanity enjoy a better life and solve problems, so don’t just be a professional – be exceptional.
“With the right mindset, it may be possible to handle challenges better and pursue success without getting down on yourself,” says Catherine Moore, Psychologist, MBA.