In the spirit of honoring and guiding trainees, the authors provide advice to today’s psychiatric residents-the psychiatric leaders of tomorrow.
We offer the following advice, in the spirit of honoring and guiding trainees-today’s psychiatric residents-who will become tomorrow’s psychiatric leaders.
James L. Knoll IV, MD, is Director of Forensic Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. He is Editor in Chief Emeritus of Psychiatric Times (2010 to 2014). James L. Knoll III, MD, is retired Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Medical Director of Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.
7. Understand that although you have had to learn much and have worked very hard, life after residency is different and presents unforeseen challenges.
8. Be aware that over time, people claim to “discover” theories which, upon closer examination, are actually older, well-known psychiatric/ psychological principles wrapped in a new package.
9. Learn and rely upon on the latest practice guidelines or clinical pathways, but not so rigidly that the patient becomes secondary.
16. Arrogance or loss of temper is repugnant and dishonorable. Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for yourself nor for others.
20. Do not be false towards your chosen profession. Become familiar with the ethical and legal principles of psychiatry.
This slideshow is adapted from a 2012 article: Twenty Meditations For Residents. -Ed