I haven't seen any patient interviews, and I have a hard time finding my registrar, haven't even met the consultant yet, and not from lack of trying. The others in my rotation are having the same issues. Next week should be different, I hope.
Thankfully there are plenty of patients who seem happy to talk, and the nursing staff are very friendly and helpful.
I'm actually a very patient and easy-going person, and know that we will learn a lot more in the coming weeks with the tutorials and education sessions that the university and staff are running, as well as with the time that we will be spending with the patients on our own. I would love to actually see a psychiatrist in action, and I'm looking forward to seeing this in the weeks to come.
I am also well aware of how busy the psychiatrists are, and am very grateful for the time that they have spent talking with us so far. Their main job IS to look after the patients, after all. Fingers crossed that I get to see more of this first-hand soon.
Psychiatry is a very interesting area, and no matter what area I work in, a sound knowledge of how to deal with personality disorders is going to be a valuable life skill. ;)