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Become A Psychiatrist In San Diego, CA

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Working As A Psychiatrist In San Diego, CA

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $232,287

    Average Salary

What Does A Psychiatrist Do

A Psychiatrist is a medical practitioner specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. They treat patients utilizing psychotherapeutic methods and medications.

How To Become A Psychiatrist

Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements. Almost all physicians complete at least 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.

Education

Most applicants to medical school have at least a bachelor's degree, and many have advanced degrees. Although no specific major is required, all students must complete undergraduate work in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English. Students also take courses in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, some students volunteer at local hospitals or clinics to gain experience in a healthcare setting.

Medical schools are highly competitive. Most applicants must submit transcripts, scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and letters of recommendation. Schools also consider an applicant’s personality, leadership qualities, and participation in extracurricular activities. Most schools require applicants to interview with members of the admissions committee.

A few medical schools offer combined undergraduate and medical school programs that last 6 or 7 years.

Students spend most of the first 2 years of medical school in laboratories and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology, medical ethics, and the laws governing medicine. They also gain practical skills, learning to take medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses.

During their last 2 years, medical students work with patients under the supervision of experienced physicians in hospitals and clinics. Through rotations in internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery, they gain experience in diagnosing and treating illnesses in a variety of areas.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Physicians and surgeons need to be excellent communicators. They must be able to communicate effectively with their patients and other healthcare support staff.

Compassion. Physicians and surgeons deal with patients who are sick or injured and may be in extreme pain or distress. Physicians and surgeons must be able to treat patients and their families with compassion and understanding.

Detail oriented. Physicians and surgeons must ensure that patients are receiving appropriate treatment and medications. They must also monitor and record various pieces of information related to patient care.

Dexterity. Physicians and surgeons must be good at working with their hands. They may work with very precise and sometimes sharp tools, and mistakes can have serious consequences.

Leadership skills. Physicians who work in their own practice need to be effective leaders. They must be able to manage a staff of other professionals to run their practice.

Organizational skills. Some physicians own their own practice. Strong organizational skills, including good recordkeeping, are critical in both medical and business settings.

Patience. Physicians and surgeons may work for long periods with patients who need special attention. Persons who fear medical treatment may require more patience.

Physical stamina. Physicians and surgeons should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or turning disabled patients. Surgeons may spend a great deal of time bending over patients during surgery.

Problem-solving skills. Physicians and surgeons need to evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments. They need to do this quickly if a patient’s life is threatened.

Training

After medical school, almost all graduates enter a residency program in their specialty of interest. A residency usually takes place in a hospital and varies in duration, generally lasting from 3 to 7 years, depending on the specialty.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require physicians and surgeons to be licensed; requirements vary by state. To qualify for a license, candidates must graduate from an accredited medical school and complete residency training in their specialty.

All physicians and surgeons also must pass a standardized national licensure exam. M.D.s take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). D.O.s take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA). For specific state information about licensing, contact your state’s medical board. 

Certification is not required for physicians and surgeons; however, it may increase their employment opportunities. M.D.s and D.O.s seeking board certification in a specialty may spend up to 7 years in residency training; the length of time varies with the specialty. To become board certified, candidates must complete a residency program and pass a specialty certification exam from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

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40 Psychiatrist jobs

National Coalition of Healthcare Recruiters
San Diego, CA
Psychiatrist

$232,286 Estimated

Nationwide Professional Resources, Inc.
San Diego, CA
Psychiatrist (General)

$232,286 Estimated

STG International Inc.
San Diego, CA
Psychiatrist- IHSC

$232,286 Estimated

Locumtenens.Com
San Diego, CA
Psychiatrist (San Diego,CA)

$232,286 Estimated

Locumtenens.Com
San Diego, CA
Locum Tenens Psychiatrist (San Diego,CA)

$232,286 Estimated

Locumtenens.Com
San Diego, CA
Part-time Psychiatrist (San Diego,CA)

$232,286 Estimated

Locumtenens.Com
San Diego, CA
Locum Tenens Geriatric Psychiatrist (San Diego,CA)

$193,680 Estimated

Locumtenens.Com
San Diego, CA
Locum Tenens Adult Psychiatrist (San Diego,CA)

$200,000 Estimated

California Correctional Health Care Services
San Diego, CA
Staff Psychiatrist, Correctional & Rehabilitative Services (Safety)

$222,674 Estimated

Barton Associates
San Diego, CA
Geriatric Psychiatrist - Barton Associates (San Diego,CA)

$193,680 Estimated

Barton Associates
San Diego, CA
Geriatric Psychiatrist - Barton Associates (San Diego)

$193,680 Estimated

Locumtenens.Com
San Diego, CA
Part-time Outpatient Psychiatrist (San Diego,CA)

$250,090 Estimated

Locumtenens.Com
San Diego, CA
Locum Tenens Child / Adolescent Psychiatrist (San Diego,CA)

$236,080 Estimated

Unitedhealth Group
San Diego, CA
Behavioral Medical Director (Psychiatrist) - CA or Telecommute

$112,994 Estimated

Kurzsolutions
San Diego, CA
Psychiatry Physician General Psychiatrist - Physicians Only Apply - Perm

$200,000 Estimated

Locumtenens.Com
San Marcos, CA
Urgent Need for Two Full-time Locum Tenens Psychiatrists in California (San Marcos,CA)

$232,286 Estimated

Locumtenens.Com
Carlsbad, CA
Psychiatrist (Carlsbad,CA)

$232,286 Estimated

Locumtenens.Com
Chula Vista, CA
Urgent Need for Two Full-time Locum Tenens Psychiatrists in California (Chula Vista,CA)

$232,286 Estimated

Locumtenens.Com
National City, CA
Psychiatrist (National City,CA)

$232,286 Estimated

Locumtenens.Com
Temecula, CA
Psychiatrist (Temecula,CA)

$196,500 Estimated

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Real Psychiatrist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Psychiatrist Seaside HCBS, LLC Alexandria, LA Jul 25, 2016 $626,100
Psychiatrist Seaside HCBS, LLC Alexandria, LA Nov 07, 2016 $626,100
Psychiatrist Seaside HCBS, LLC Donaldsonville, LA Nov 07, 2016 $626,100
Psychiatrist Seaside HCBS, LLC Donaldsonville, LA Jul 25, 2016 $626,100
Psychiatrist Seaside HCBS, LLC Kenner, LA Jul 25, 2016 $626,100
Psychiatrist Seaside HCBS, LLC Lake Charles, LA Jul 25, 2016 $626,100
Psychiatrist Seaside HCBS, LLC Lake Charles, LA Nov 07, 2016 $626,100
Psychiatrist Seaside HCBS, LLC Kenner, LA Nov 07, 2016 $626,100
Psychiatrist North Country Transitional Living Services, Inc. Lowville, NY Apr 18, 2016 $525,924
Psychiatrist True Visions, Inc. Lafayette, LA Feb 02, 2016 $521,750
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Top Skills for A Psychiatrist

AdultPsychiatryMentalHealthClinicMedicationManagementPsychiatricEvaluationsCrisisInterventionTreatmentPlansSubstanceAbuseDisordersEmergencyDiagnosisChildSocialWorkersPsychiatricCareLocumPrivatePracticeElectronicMedicalRecordsMedicineAlcoholPatientCareGroupTherapyPsychiatricDisorders

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Top Psychiatrist Skills

  1. Adult Psychiatry
  2. Mental Health Clinic
  3. Medication Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided psychiatric evaluations, care, and treatment, including medication management to diverse patient population of private psychiatric practice.
  • Conduct psychiatric evaluations and provide consultation services and treatment of individuals.
  • Assist psychiatrists with patient concerns including medication issues and crisis intervention.
  • Collaborated with treatment team, including ARISE Psychiatrist, Case Managers and Parent Partners to develop and implement treatment plans.
  • Developed Laboratory Utilization guidelines with Medical Staff Developed Benzodiazepine Prescribing guidelines with Medical Staff Founded and chaired Community Emergency Services Committee.
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