Telepsychiatrist

Use video conferencing to treat psychiatry patients.
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Good

Salary Range
~ $164,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Telepsychiatrists do?

Telepsychiatrists are Psychiatrists who use videoconferencing technology to have virtual therapy sessions with their patients. It’s another notch on the belt of videoconferencing: Not only does it let you have a face-to-face conversation with your mother from a different time zone, read your kids a bedtime story while you’re still at work, and help your fiancé pick out wedding invitations from your car, but it also lets you see your Psychiatrist without having to physically lie down on the couch in their office!

Indeed, a growing number Telepsychiatrists are joining the bandwagon. If you’re one of those Telepsychiatrists, you can treat patients who live in rural, remote, and underserved communities, where there is neither easy nor adequate access to psychiatric services. You can also treat patients in the event of an emergency — for instance, if a Physician wants a quick assessment of someone in their office, or if a patient needs an impromptu therapy session to get them through a crisis at home. In addition, you can maintain continuity of care, in case your patients move or are admitted to the hospital while they’re on vacation.

Although it’s done over the Internet with the assistance of a microphone and webcam — allowing you to not only hear patients but also see their body language, facial expressions, and other nonverbal cues — your job as a Telepsychiatrist is the same as that of a traditional Psychiatrist, as it requires diagnosing mental, emotional, and social disorders, then administering treatments ranging from talk therapy to prescription drugs.

At the end of the day, therefore, you’re a real, bona fide Psychiatrist — who just happens to make 21st-century house calls!


Should I be a Telepsychiatrist?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • How to become a Telepsychiatrist

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