Gay psychiatry?

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    May 18, 2008 9:55 PM GMT
    Hey! Just posting this on the off-chance that anyone is/knows a gay psychiatrist. I'm wanting to ask him/her about psych residencies that are gay friendly?

    Thanks in advance,

    -J
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    May 18, 2008 10:03 PM GMT
    No but im sure there is one, maby they are just not advertising there sexuality.
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    May 18, 2008 10:32 PM GMT
    are there that many real psycologists that are not gay friendly.

    Im pretty sure im less gay friendly than the average psycologist
  • GQjock

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    May 18, 2008 10:36 PM GMT
    I don't work in Psych
    but I work in medicine
    I have to ask
    Why do you need a gay friendly residency?
  • MikePhilPerez

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    May 18, 2008 10:36 PM GMT
    If you find one, ask them to join RJ. We could do with one around here from time to time icon_smile.gif

    Mike
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    May 18, 2008 11:46 PM GMT
    Mike, do you have any idea what kind of a field day a psychiatrist would have with our threads. The next thing we knew, we would be the subject of an international best selling expose. For you, or Caslon or McGay or me, that wouldn't be too bad, but think of the young'uns like Terra 22. We have to protect the innocent.

    No !! No !! Outlaw psychiatry. Oh God, you found me out - I am Tom Cruise in drag. icon_lol.gif
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    May 19, 2008 2:33 AM GMT
    I'm yet to even start my first year of medical school but I have the same question:

    GQjock saidWhy do you need a gay friendly residency?


    Of all the fields of medicine, I believe psychiatry would be the most gay-friendly ! Can you elaborate and explain ?
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    May 19, 2008 3:04 AM GMT
    Who wouldn't want a gay-friendly residency? It's the same as any gay-friendly company or employer. I'm simply looking after mine and my bf's best interests (economical support with regards to partner benefits/insurance/family leave, etc & psychosocial support with regards to mental well-being, being able to bring him to the annual x-mas party and whatnot).

    It's not as important as other factors I'm considering in a residency, but it's definitely worth considering.
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    May 19, 2008 3:08 AM GMT
    Ask Obscenewish.
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    May 19, 2008 3:10 AM GMT
    And yea, psychiatry is one of the most gay-friendly specialties. Not why I'm going into it, but it is a major plus. icon_smile.gif
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    May 19, 2008 5:27 AM GMT
    I agree,ask Obscenewish,but your have to butter him up first,kidding Obscene,you know I love you more than my coffee grinder!. My ex-lover,20 yrs ago,was and still is a psychologist. He loved it, and specialized in gay community services.
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    May 19, 2008 6:34 AM GMT
    If I had it my way, all my doctors, dentists and shrinks would be gay or lesbian. Not that I talk to them all that much when I'm there, but it'd be easier to answer some personal questions if I could more assured that I wasn't going to get a cold shoulder or a recommendation to see a "specialist" due to someone's own professional ignorance.
  • GQjock

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    May 19, 2008 10:46 AM GMT
    My deal with injecting sexual preference into medical training is that the human body and the human mind in your case doesn't actually segregate the str8 people from the gay people when it comes to pathology

    When you say gay friendly residency
    I'm assuming you mean one that doesn't discriminate against an openly gay man
    I don't think that's the case anymore
    and I'd really think more about finding the residency that best prepares you to become the clinician that you want to be
    rather than just a "gay" doctor
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    May 19, 2008 9:38 PM GMT
    I'm definitely looking for myriad qualities in a residency right now, but like I said, it would be nice to have the routine priveleges that straight people have in their jobs, as well.
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    May 19, 2008 10:40 PM GMT
    Thanks for clarifying. My suggestion would be to look into entire universities that provide benefits to domestic partners with proof of a committed relationship, you can find list of those online. Then narrow that list down to the institutions that have university hospitals who offer psychiatric residency programs.

    If I'm not mistaken, Baylor College of Medicine in your very own state does offer domestic partner health benefits and has residency programs: http://www.bcm.edu/psychiatry/?PMID=1847 .

    That may not help but I hope it leads somewhere. My apologies if it seemed like I'm preaching to the choir and congratulations on completing medical school and on finding someone to love and settle down with.
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    May 19, 2008 11:34 PM GMT
    My field is psychology (voodoo), boys -- not psychiatry (medicine).

    Apollo, I do know a few gay psychiatrists I see regularly (as friends!), and I'll ask them.

    I do know that Emory here in Atlanta extends domestic partnership benefits to gay couples.

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    May 20, 2008 3:14 AM GMT
    Thanks guys for all the help/suggestions so far!