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What Is a Clinical Psychiatrist and How to Become One

What Is a Clinical Psychiatrist?

A clinical psychiatrist works with patients who have mental health disorders. Job duties include ordering tests, prescribing medicine, and consulting with other medical professionals. As a clinical psychiatrist, you may also counsel patients through mental problems. A clinical psychiatrist usually works in a hospital or a private medical office. In this career, you work directly with patients and must be able to handle stressful situations in a calm way.

How to Become a Clinical Psychiatrist

The main educational requirement to be a clinical psychiatrist is a doctorate. After you earn your bachelor’s degree, you can take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and apply to medical school. During medical school you will do rotations, and then choose psychiatry as your specialty. During your residency, you work under a licensed doctor and can study a subspecialty. State licensing requirements may vary, but you will need to complete the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). Board certification also requires a residency and exam process.