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I work an average of 50 hours per week with weekends off except for 1 weekend call day per month (7 of my 8 weekend days are off). During the week you will also spend about 3-4 hours in lectures. Though some rotations are busier than others, the number of hours at the hospital is not much different. The call schedule is three weeknights from 4:30-8:30 per month. All in all it is about 24 hours of call per month.
The faculty we have here are fantastic. They have a wide breadth of knowledge and experience and are very good at getting their teaching points across to both the residents and the students. As a resident I am afforded the opportunity to not only learn, but to teach.
I love my life. There is no better way to put it. The residents I work with are great as well as the faculty. We get together just about every Thursday evening as a group to hang out and have a good time / relax in a family-friendly environment. I have plenty of time off, and when I'm off . . . I'm off.
What stands out? The comradery of the residents and the quality of the people that you get to work with. There are no drawbacks unless you want to live in a big* city (like Atlanta, Dallas, etc.). I would feel exceptionally well prepared by the end of my residency. It wouldn't be much of a choice if I was to rank things again, it would be UAMS and then everyone else. We have lots of residents that go into fellowships, four of which are offered here, and we have quite a few that go into the academic track and others that choose private practice.
Zero scutwork. Workload is 40 hours per week and attendings assign patients based on what you can handle ie "Are you carrying too many? Are you able to spend enough time with your patients?"Students are on most rotations and enjoy themselves on psychiatry making workdays fun.
Education is tailored to your interests and patients on inpatient service as well as in psychotherapy are often assigned based on what you find interesting. We have one resident interested in trans-gender issues and all 3 of her psychotherapy patients were assigned accordingly.
Some of the best educators in the country are here and UAMS psychiatry is at the forefront of portfolio and ACGME competencies and a large proportion of our staff are board examiners and/or site visitors for the ACGME.
Psych rotation is rated #1 yearly by junior students and teaching/lectures are DAILY. Didactic/reading time is very protected.
Faculty win UAMS and regional/national teaching awards on a regular basis.
Our attendings are great. There is no ivory tower thing and they are very available and very interested in teaching psychiatry.
Moonlighting is available but i choose to take advantage of the VERY FAVORABLE call schedule and keep all my spare time to myself. Third year call is a TOTAL of 6 beeper calls for the year!
This was the best program that I interviewed at and I definitely made the right decision. If i had to do it over again, I doubt i would interview elsewhere. I interviewed at all of the reputable programs in the south/southeast and found them to pale by comparison.
Our residents are great and psychiatry as a whole is very well respected here at UAMS as one of the finest specialties.
Our residents are a great bunch. I felt that residents here and also at MUSC were the best anywhere but really liked little rock a lot more than charleston
I work 40 hours a week, off on weekends unless I have call (which is not very often). our schedules are very resident friendly. I have a family and plenty of free time to spend with them.Typically I work from 8 or 9 until 4ish. Some rotations you get off earlier and are only available by beeper.
Our faculty is the greatest. Teaching is job 1 at UAMS and is non-stop. We have case-based teaching along with didactics and resident-led lectures. Our residents do extremely well on the prite and their board exams.
Our didactics are a priority and are very very good, many of our attendings win student and resident teaching awards. This is a great place to learn to be a top clinician.
Camaraderie among residents is great. We have a great psychiatry interest group that meets every month which the students love (likley because there's free pizza and beer). We also have a fun course for the students titled "Great men with sick minds" and lectures cover everything from JFK to Joan of Arc, also with beer, wind, and theme-specific food.
There have been several months where i've made an extra $4000 doing in-house psysch moonlighting (doing beeper call from home) and I don't even have my license for community moonlighting.
I'm currently thinking about doing an NIMH fellowship. Research is very well supported here but there is no pressure to do a research track as UAMS puts just as much stock into training excellent clinicans as it does into research.
I interviewed 11 places before deciding on UAMS. I wouldn't change my decision for the world. I looked at Emory, MUSC, Stanford, Pitt, Mass. General, and UCLA along with a few others but I think the fact that all of the attendings and residents here enjoyed their job and just really enjoyed teaching.
my typical schedule is 8:30 to 4:00 and some rotations i get off a little earlier. in fact, some rotations, i only work 2-3 hours a day.a lot of time is allowed for self-directed learning/studying/personal interests.rotations are low-key and laid back with an emphasis on learning (neither the attendings or the residents are rushed and in clinic i expect 4 -7 patients per day for med mgmt, with most of the time spent 1:1 with the attending teaching about the case.
faculty is the best anywhere. great sense of humor. we're invited to their parties and vice-versa. everyone enjoys their job.
teaching is daily in didactics and before, during and after individual cases.
didactics are superb and resident feedback is taken very seriously ie if the lecture wasn't great, it's axed.
facutly is very interested in sending us to educational conferences (and paying for them) and 'educational days" are very easy to get approved.
felt quite prepared when i started psychotherapy and since you select your own supervisor there is a broad range to choose from: cbt, psychodynamic etc.
great program, everyone gets along very well. attending resident relations could not be better.
definitely have a life outside of work, i only work 40 hours and call is non-existent in the 3rd and 4th years, and about one a month in the second year. interns, i believe take 30 beeper calls from home.
i don't moonlight in the community but those that are interested can make $12,000 per month for weekend work. last year the outgoing residents drove an infiniti, a lexus, a bmw, a mercedes, and a range-rover. not a reason to go here. the teaching is the reason to go here and residents win top fellowships yearly (but its not a reason to NOT go here)
our "required call" is also paid, believe it or not, and so many times people are clamoring for them.
with program expansion there is new emphasis on recruiting top out of state applicants for first time in school history
by far best program in the south.
Note that I am an INTERN!!! Typical day is a friendly 8am to 430 pm schedule INCLUDING the off-service rotations (OK, inpatient medicine is an exception, but everybody has to deal with that for a couple of months anyway...). Our workload is oriented toward teaching and having some time to read on the patients, not making money, so it is quite manageable (OK, hurricanes notwithstanding, but even that wasn't a huge bump in load, I just averaged 3 more at a given time that were pretty much of the "acutely stable but not going anywhere soon" variety). I have call every 7th day and even less if I am on during the weekend - and let me repeat - I'm an INTERN. I love my life.
I have never been afraid to ask a question to a faculty member (even one I know I should know by now). I am either teaching or being taught at any given time. Some faculty will work closely with you all the time, while others will give you space (if you want it) and watch over things from afar, but either way they are very instrumental in building my confidence in my abilities. We have protected thursday afternoons for didactics - and they mean protected. There are 2 rotations in 4 years that do not comply with this 100%. They mean protected. I have never felt that going to my didactics was an inconvenience for anyone - it is a priority for everyone.
My entire class gets along. In fact, my entire program gets along. I am good friends with 1st through 4th years, fellows, and faculty. There isn't some great unbreachable barrier to being friends with faculty members... we may just con them into paying more?
Let me just say, we are building a gigantic new building AND a gigantic new state hospital. The plans are amazing and they are already starting. We're diverting a major road through campus for our building here, people. No behind the scenes tucking away of the psychiatrists here! You come up the drive and you'll be smackes across the face with a big ol building with psychiatry on the side of it. Oh, and the only delay should be weather, becaused the sucker's paid for.
FMG percentage is pretty low in the program. All of my class are USA grads.
Best of all, I have a social life. I am married, and see my wife EVERY NIGHT. We have date nights, have a revolving group that we have dinner with, I have time to just go listen to music when I want to, play my guitars, and I even have money to spend on them because of the cost of living here. I live in a 7 year old house and drive a new Acura. I'm a happy guy.
Did I mention that we get paid for certain types of call? It is like built in moonlighting! I don't have to take it, but it sure helps out the car payment. It's a win-win situation.
I have not found a single drawback to the program.
I feel that the docs that leave here are excellent, and I have no doubts that the program is the reason for the consistently strong results. I would have no problems ranking this program first all over again if I were to match a second time.
Our residents tend to go into fellowships, and have a habit of ending up in some pretty nice places in the process. Others enjoy their fellowship locally and we have excellent programs there as well. Meanwhile, some of us are just plain tired of training and land some pretty nice private practice options anywhere in the state, or sometimes elsewhere depending on the individual.
I welcome inquiries to anyone who wants to converse about my experience or about my program!
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