I am currently finishing up my 3rd year of medical school and have to decide what I want to specialize in. I am between pediatrics and psychiatry. One of the biggest negatives for me with psychiatry is the fact that some patients get violent--and I want to one day be able to own my own private practice. I am about 5'1, 110 lbs and I would not be difficult to take down--if a patient so wanted. Does anyone else out there ever worry about this?
That is a good question. I never really think about it because in my specialty I am rarely alone with a patient (or parent) in a room. But I wonder what precautions people can take so that they can feel safer, such as having a large security guard outside with a panic button under the desk. That would apply to any specialty where you need to be alone with someone, which is probably most specialties. As for whether psych patients are more violent than others, that is a good question to ask on your psych rotation.