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    psychiatry rotation in spring grove hospital, catonsville, maryland

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    Hi all..
    long time.-- Anyhows, I was wondering if anyone out there had done a rotation there and had anything to share... Im new and a little anxious. I start there in the 26th sept..

    thanks so much..
    This is definitely a time consuming hobby...

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    I was there last november, it's a good rotation. free housing that's pretty nice, free food at the cafe that's really good, and you learn a lot of stuff. The attendings are very nice to the students and will help you along with whatever you need, though you will have to write a one page essay or two. We had lectures most days and the vast majority of them were good. typical psych hours, 9-5, with weekends and holidays off.

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    Thanks deadpool--

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    Hi there. I'm also starting psych there on the 26th. I believe I'm living on the campus, but I have a car. Can anyone tell me if it is frustrating to have a car there? Is it better not to have one for this rotation?

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    -good question..im driving cross country... so ditto here. theres got to be a parking lot somewhere. its a 200 acre facility..
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    lol, you guys worry too much. There is plenty of free parking there, right across the street from the student housing. All you do is register your plates the first day and you're set. You definitely need a car if you want to go to a large grocery store though, so as long as one person in the house has one it should be ok. other than that you don't really need to bring anything, the house has pretty much everything you need.

    PS. if you're feeling adventuress take a walk through the campus at night....kind of creepy but cool. you might see the herd of deer that live there.
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    --we're newbs--arent we supposed to worry?? lol....great info however. Im sure any facility operating since the 1700's have some creepy factor to it. I cant wait..
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    no worries. any other details you want to find out about just let me know.

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    --im such a newb i dont even know what to ask... this is like worse than sitting in the anatomy lab orientation during term 1..or Dr. B telling us the airplane is waiting. .LOL
    This is definitely a time consuming hobby...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cudasrul View Post
    --im such a newb i dont even know what to ask... this is like worse than sitting in the anatomy lab orientation during term 1..or Dr. B telling us the airplane is waiting. .LOL
    The questions you should ask depend on what you want to get out of the rotation. If you had a choice to do the rotation or not (like an elective) you'd ask yet another set of questions. Questions I'd ask are (in no real order):

    Are there lectures given specifically for the students? Roughly how many hours?
    Are there lectures given for people other than students that we can (or must) attend? Roughly how many hours?
    As a whole how are the residents? Are they happy, apathetic, miserable?
    As a whole how are the attendings? Do they engage the students? Totally ignore them?
    During clinic will I be able to see patients myself or will I just be following the resident/attending?
    For in-patient experience, what is my role? Will I be writing notes? Seeing patients by myself or only with the resident?
    Will the rotation include going to the ED to help evaluate patients? (Or a portion of your rotation where you are specifically assigned to the ED)
    Do you see primarily private patients or service patients?
    Do the residents teach the students? Are they receptive to questions? Do they engage the students in the process or send them to the library for 4 hours at a time?
    What are rounds like? Short and to the point? Teaching rounds? Four hour marathon rounds? Do the students present on rounds?

    The questions that everybody really wants to know but can be perceived the wrong way include:

    What are the hours like? Honestly, it's an important question. I don't have any problem being at the hospital 12+ hours a day, but it helps if I know that up front so I do the necessary planning.
    If there is down time during the day, how is that handled?
    Is there call or night float? What's the schedule like? If call, short call or overnight call? If overnight call or night float, is there a place to sleep should time arise?
    Do you get any money for meals?
    What's the food like in the cafeteria?
    Which residents are good/bad/malignant? (Fair warning, it can be very personality and goal dependent. One student may want a resident who sends them home at the first opportunity while another wants a resident who always pages when there's a pt in the ED)
    Which attendings are good/bad/malignant? (Same warning as with residents)
    What are the expectations for case writeups, presentations, etc?
    Is there any space that is specifically designated for the students?

    As I said above, what makes a rotation good or bad depends A LOT on what you want to get out of it and what you're willing to put in. I didn't really care for psych since I didn't really DO anything, usually spent hours each day in the library, no clinic experience, and the residents as a whole were lazy and focused on doing as little patient care as they could get away with. Other people I know on the same rotation at the same time thought it was awesome because the hours were good, plenty of time to study, didn't have to work very hard, and you could have a pretty normal life during the rotation.
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