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Forensic Psychiatry

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Hello everyone

I am preparing for my part I in March 2005, and as part of my avoidance technique wondering about where next...

Is a career in Forensic Psych all that different from General and do you need specific personality traits? lol ;)

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what i have heard about forensic....

have not done it yet....

it is a useful experience to do atleast one post...

especially useful for part - 2....

most who have done have enjoyed it

i am looking forward for it

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well guys

i have done forensic for 6 mnths...

as an SHO it isnt much diferent from general adult psychiatry... the difference is there is a lack of the turnover... an average patient stays 2 years in a medium secure unit...

the working is very multidisciplinary... different people have well cut,well defined roles.... u end up with the job of keeping ur inpatients physically fit ;)

depending on how busy ur firm is u are invariable involved in writing lots of reports for the peer reviews... mostly wat u end up doing is going thru innumerable files and previous reports and then writing a summary.. plus the latest MSE...

u also get a chance to go to prison assessments which is just like assessing someone in AED for risk assessment but in more detailed way... (if ur boss is good u will learn a great deal about eliciting psychopathology)

i hope the info is of some use

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:-*having a robust personality will help, usually patients are nice to doctors, don't get conned into doing things which u can't do or not meant to do, detailed risk assesments always comes up in part 2 pmps, testamentary capacity ect...it is good to do specialist runs especially if u have no interest in it.

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thanx very much for posting your experiences ....they are helpful

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hello there , i would like to pursue my career in forensic psychiatry . i know it is difficult to get forensic spr .if we manage to get a post , wot is the chance of getting a consultant post in forensic .i was going throu the bmj for consultant forensic psychiatrists but the posts are very less. so i am worried that if i manage to get a forensic spr post, is it difficult to get a consultant post in forensic ..can any one pleaseeeeeee advice .

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hey serab!

there are many who have not ben shortlisted as well and yes perseverence pays.

forensic psychiatry is more like general as an SHO but it changes in perspective when you become a SPr or a Consultant. it needs bit more guts to say no to bad referrals and to stand up against barristers in court who treat you like an Idiot but hey thats part of their job.

a consultant may be a better person to ask specific questions about the field and fellas,whoever is doing forensic earlier than part2 does not mean you have specific advantage in part2,someone has given a wrong idea.but sure helps.

good lcuk 8)

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forensic does seem to be the 'in thing' at the moment..and i know quite a few candidates are clamouring for the few posts available. it certainly is an interesting branch and i guess seeing prisoners in the prison for a clinic is much better than seeing middle aged neurotic wifeys!!

u definitely do have to be on ur toes and guard always but the extra money making court reports and being a witness does help too!!

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I did 8 weeks of Forensic Psychiatry as an undergraduate and was highly impressed by it's discipline, funding and the exceptionally high standard of doctors working in the field. Very quickly, I realised that having well polished written and verbal skills was a necessity as well as the ability to take the lead in an MD team. I'll admit, I was sold and would like to ask where I can get the most exposure to Forensics as an SHO......?

Regards

Irfan PRHO

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