More to come on that in the DSM V

May 15th, 2012 · 29 comments

Explains Kevin in Los Angeles: ”The hospital basement has a corridor lined with call rooms assigned to the residents from various medical specialties. While the department of medicine easily surpasses all other specialties in number of reserved rooms, they have started squatting in other rooms as well. It looks like the psych residents were not pleased by this antisocial behavior.”

Psychiatry residents take overnight in-house call every day just like medicine. Please do not use this call room if you are not part of the Psychiatry department. THANK YOU!! [WE ALSO HAVE AN INFERIORITY COMPLEX, BUT MORE ON THAT IN THE DSM V.]

related: A little bit of psycho-therapy

FILED UNDER: California · hospitals & doctors · shrinks


29 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Cyllan

    “Inferiority complex maybe but in this case medicine department should be thankful obnoxious narcissism isn’t classified as mental disorder anymore, cf DSM IV”

    May 15, 2012 at 7:22 am   rating: 30  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   The other Sarah

      Actually, turns out they’re keeping narcissism in anyway. Probably some narcissist psychiatrists did not agree with being discontinued.

      May 15, 2012 at 12:18 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   Dr_Know

      Oh look, med thinking they’re the centre of the universe…again.

      May 16, 2012 at 12:48 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Dane Zeller

    For those of us needing only minor adjustments to our behavior, the printed “DO NOT REMOVE THIS SIGN” beckons us.

    May 15, 2012 at 8:15 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   The Elf

      It’s a hidden personality test. Go ahead and remove it! There’s a room waiting for you down the hall…..

      May 16, 2012 at 11:40 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   thrall

    Are they shagging in the call-room at night?

    May 15, 2012 at 8:24 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Garrett

      You’ll have to ask the 2nd floor apartment across the street.

      May 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm   rating: 61  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   divaandwriter

    It looks like the Medicine Department people have a sense of entitlement, which, if left unchecked, will turn into the usual Physician’s God Complex. Maybe the Medicine Department people should be using the services of the Psychiatry Department before it’s too late.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:36 am   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   H for Toy

      Maybe that’s what they were originally doing in the room, but then were too proud to ask.

      May 16, 2012 at 7:37 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   bob loblaw

    In the famous words of Major Frank Burns, ‘anyone who needs to see a psychiatrist is sick in the head.’

    May 15, 2012 at 1:33 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   redheadwglasses

      Heh. I was a total nut for MASH from the first episode. Sometimes watched it three times a day. Thanks for the fun, evocative reference. : )

      May 16, 2012 at 7:28 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   stickfigure

    What’s a call room? All I can imagine is that it’s where call girls entertain their tricks.

    May 15, 2012 at 4:59 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   BasementDweller

      When you’re working an overnight call shift, the call room is where you go to try to catch a nap or relax before your pager goes off again.

      May 15, 2012 at 6:01 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   stickfigure

      I thought that was an on-call room.

      May 15, 2012 at 6:08 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.3   FeRD bang

      It’s LA, where all terms are tres abbrev’.

      May 16, 2012 at 9:02 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.4   The Elf

      So let me get this straight….. This room is designated for the psych doctors to catch a few winks while waiting for their pagers to go off with a call for service. The med doctors are taking them instead, which means the psych doctors are being denied sleep? Did I understand that right?

      Oh, I can imagine the kind of horrors that will eventually be wreaked upon the med doctors if they keep squatting in the wrong call rooms. This can only end in tears.

      May 16, 2012 at 11:43 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.5   infanttyrone

      …or blood…or some other precious bodily fluid(s)…

      May 16, 2012 at 5:48 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.6   The Elf

      Oh no, it’ll definitely be tears. The psych doctors don’t wield scalpels, they wield words. One day it’s “Tell me about your mother” and the next thing you know they’ll have the med doctor weeping over what he put his mother through during toilet training. The goal is to make them more anal retentive, so they’ll keep to the rules next time, damnit.

      May 17, 2012 at 6:53 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   redheadwglasses

    I think this will remain low in comments because it’s just not much fun to pick on such an easy target. A target that practically picks on itself for you.

    May 16, 2012 at 7:26 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   FeRD bang

    I like the check-mark in the corner. Glad someody approves of the message!

    May 16, 2012 at 9:01 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   The Elf

      That was from the local OCD grammar nazi. It’s been checked; he no longer needs to obsess about it and can go back to sleep in the call room.

      May 16, 2012 at 11:44 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   Dave

    Seems like the problem is discipline specific room allocation in the first place. Everybody works there: no need for the different departments to be sequestered.
    I’d hope that the medical and surgical staff were well rested: a psychiatric misdiagnosis might have dangerous results, but it’s less likely to be caused by tiredness than a medical mistake.
    Also, how does psychiatric ‘on-call’ work? Isn’t psych work mostly appointment based?

    May 17, 2012 at 6:13 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Ruth

      How can someone ask so many basic questions about a job, and still conclude that they know more about the job than both the people with that job and the people who manage them?

      May 17, 2012 at 8:29 am   rating: 34  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.2   Hannah

      It’s for the psych wards where patients are kept 24/7, and for the early-morning suicidal ER patients lest be they kept for 10 hours in the ER awaiting admittance to the psych ward, and for approval of desperately needed medications. So.. yeah. There’s a ton of reasons why you would need a psych consult, actually. And having been in those situations, no, psychiatry is just as important as every other specialty and they need to be just as well-rested. You’re dealing with suicidal and self-destructive people, you need to make a call on whether to admit or discharge them. If you screw up someone’s medication you can make them very sick or potentially kill them. And that’s before we even consider options like restraints and ECT.

      May 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.3   redheadwglasses

      Every major hospital has on-call psychiatric staff, 24/7.

      May 17, 2012 at 9:28 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.4   Jentheowl

      People can have psychotic breaks, stop taking their schizophrenia medication, try to commit suicide, harm themselves or others, have cocaine/methamphetamine/MDMA induced psychosis, react terribly to prescription medication, etc. etc. etc. any time of the day or night. Psychiatry staff needs to be there 24 hours a day to prescribe and change medications, diagnose various disorders and diseases, and decide who to commit, who to send home, and who to refer to outpatient treatment, etc.

      Jun 10, 2012 at 10:36 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   seriously

    psychiatry residents are the scum of the earth.

    May 26, 2012 at 10:24 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   Snoofy bang

    This wasn’t passive aggressive enough. The psych residents should’ve taped a story about a psychotic break some resident had when they were too sleep deprived. And attacked all of the medical residents.

    *And no, I didn’t mean it wasn’t PAN enough to be posted here. *patronising smiley face* < – just kidding

    May 27, 2012 at 3:57 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
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    Jun 22, 2013 at 7:23 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up