The One with the Important Lesson from Psych Orientation

Psych’s been a whirlwind so far. I’m adjusting to life without three day weekends, as well as life on a consult service at a busy urban hospital. I’m not sure a career in psychiatry is in my future, but it’s been a good lesson in understanding how to approach different types of people.

Orientation for this rotation was a brief two hour session that featured a lot of role-play to help my classmates and me prepare for interactions with patients that are flirtatious or psychotic or suicidal.

The most memorable line?

“Sir, I’m sorry, but in our society, you just can’t run around naked in the streets. Because if you do, a little kid might see you, and well… you can… RUIN HIS LIFE!”


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