Undercover psychiatrist “Arlene” starts talking about Energy Spirituality, pot, and other topics.
Rose: Greetings to you, Arlene the Groovy Psychiatrist, and greetings to all you blog-buddies who are listening to the recording that we’re making. Funnily enough, we’re making this recording on the 14th of July, 2011, and meanwhile this is a part of a contest that was originally posted at my blog on January 10th, 2011.
So, would you like to introduce yourself, Arlene, apart from my mentioning that this is not your real name but that you are being given cover as someone interested in the relatively new, possibly controversial field of energy spirituality as well as being a psychiatrist, what do you want people to know about you?
Arlene: Well I’m in my last year of training of my psychiatry residency at an academic medical center. I’ve known you for several years now, I’ve lost count of how many years, and I do follow your blog quite regularly.
Rose: And just for the sake of those who listen, would you explain: Could a resident be a doctor? What is a resident?
Arlene: Oh, yes. So a resident is someone who has gone to college, so they usually have 4 years of college education, and then they have gone to medical school, so they have 4 years of medical education, and then during their last year of medical school they decide, you know, what area they want to specialize in. That’s when people start to sort of identify with do I want to become a surgeon, or do I want to become a pediatrician, do I want to become a cardiologist?
So I decided to go into psychiatry, so during my last year of medical school I applied for a psychiatry residency, which is a 4-year residency. So I have just finished 3 full years of psychiatry training, and I’m just starting my 4th year, which is my last year.
Rose: And then they can set you loose on anybody, right?
Arlene: And then if I graduate from the program I would be eligible to practice general adult psychiatry, but I’ll probably actually do more training, and do a fellowship on top of my adult training, so I’m not quite done yet.
Rose: It’s exciting. So, thank you so much for responding to questions here, and I will just mention where I am coming from in asking you these questions and starting this original contest, and that is that there are three different energy modalities that are part of the leading edge of mind-body- CONTINUE READING