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    I'm hoping someone can describe their experience of doing a core pysch rotation in North Carolina. The threads involving North Carolina are a bit dated and don't describe if it it was a good learning environment, etc.
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    I'm going into psych, so I really looked into this, but decided not to go to NC because of my family really needing to be in one place.

    I did not do my rotation there, but I've heard NUMEROUS times that Cherry Hospital is a very good, intense, but friendly experience. That's the place where you live on grounds, right? It's easy to get the two mixed up. But the place where you live on grounds, you spend a lot of time all day with patients, very independent, very active, very involved, and sounds like really nice, helpful, teaching attendngs.

    That having been said, I've rally valued and enjoyed the rotation at St. Anthony's in OKC, with Dr. T, in her practice/research office. My Psychiatrist mentor said I should really shoot for outpatient experience, because I'd have so much inpatient experience during residency, and to take inpatients for electives. Dr. T's has allowed a mix of in and outpatient experience, and she is a fabulous teacher, and there's no **, you get to work when you work, and have time to study (about 50/50 most days). Whereas in Ob/gyn for example, you're expected to just sit there at the nursing station and look interested when there is almost nothing to do.

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    In cherry, you get a place to stay right across the street from the patient hospital. The place you stay is a hospital too but they don't have patients there anymore and your actually staying in patients rooms so your light switches are outside your room and your windows are fenced, but your key can open the fenced window. The rotation itself was very good. The attendings are very nice. You interview the patient by yourself and also the attendings would interview the patients in front of you. The hours are not too bad. Its like 7-3 or 4. Theres lecture early in the morning but its in the same building as where you sleep just a few floors up. Some attendings would tell you to write a note but for the most part many of them you don't need to write notes. You can choose either child psychiatry or adult psychiatry. In child psychiatry, you do have to write notes. The adult psychiatry theres maybe just one resident so basically your always with the attending, mostly 2 students to 1 attending ratio. Pretty good. As far as housing, you have a communal bathroom and shower. There's only like 2 rooms in which the room has a personal bathroom inside. The internet sucks unless your in the girls side of the dorm. Guys side has poor reception.

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    thanks. this information is really helpful.

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    glad you're finding it helpful don1, that was a great post by JMT. You do a lot of good, helpful posting too, I've noticed.

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