Dr. Lara Friedrich is a licensed psychologist and the editor in chief of the Time2Track blog. She has held adjunct appointments as an assistant professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, and as a clinical supervisor at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University. Dr. Friedrich lives in New York City, where she has a private practice. To learn more about her, visit http://www.drlarafriedrich.com.
I went to graduate school in a large city, and I was lucky to have over a dozen hospital sites to apply to once I knew I wanted inpatient experience. The problem was that I didn’t realize how much variation existed within the world of hospital training.
Knowing what kind of hospital you’re applying to will help you focus your cover letters, know what you’re walking into on interviews, and pick the site that best fits with the experiences you want.
Hospitals are their own worlds, and psychiatric units even more so. Most of us don’t know much of what happens in these mysterious places, leaving us to pop culture and our own imaginations to try to figure it out.
For example, will these units be like Girl, Interrupted, or look like one of Carrie Mathison’s hospital stays on Homeland?
Psychiatric units are generally locked, but you, dear reader, have the keys – and you’re headed in. Here are six tips they don’t teach you in school.