Specialty Spotlights May 12, 2023

By Sam MacKay

Specialty Spotlight: Psychiatry Overview

Explore the World of Psychiatric Medicine

Psychiatric medicine continues to be a cornerstone specialty in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental and behavioral health for patients everywhere. As we are in the midst of Mental Health Awareness Month, Psychiatry is on an even bigger stage, educating the public, helping fight stigma, and providing support for those affected by mental and behavioral health disorders.

With a wider acceptance and understanding of mental health, more and more patients are taking action to address their ailments directly—a trend that has resulted in higher demand for mental health and psychiatric services across the country. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 8.7% employment growth between 2021-2031. Furthering this trend, the U.S. News & World Report Best Jobs Rankings named Psychiatry its seventh-best job in pay and twelfth-best healthcare job overall in 2022. 

What Do Psychiatrists Do?

While many specialties offer patient support for mental and behavioral health, psychiatrists provide a crucial connection between patients and the medicine they need for successful treatment—evaluating and diagnosing patients, prescribing medications, and conducting alternative therapies when needed. Additionally, psychiatrists are responsible for ongoing patient care and evaluations throughout treatment, as well as medication management.

In the psychiatric medicine field, there are many subspecialties that work with different patient populations, settings, and specified diagnoses. These subspecialties include:

  • General Adult Psychiatry – Multidisciplinary Focus, Ages 18-65
  • Social & Community Psychiatry – Multidisciplinary Focus, Ages 18-65 (Treated at Home)
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry – Developmental Disorders
  • Forensic Psychiatry – Mental Disorders in Criminal Offenders
  • Substance Misuse Psychiatry – Focusing on Addictions to Various Substances
  • Learning Disability – Community-Focused, Treating Severe Mental Disorders
  • And Psychotherapy – Talking Therapy

Each subspecialty offers psychiatrists unique opportunities to focus on more specific diagnoses and make a positive impact on different populations in need.

Understanding Locum Tenens in Psychiatry

When searching for job opportunities in psychiatric medicine, there are different employment types to consider. Permanent roles are long-term placements at one facility, where you will treat your chosen patient population and sub-specialization in a full-time capacity.

There are also psychiatry jobs in locum tenens, offering the freedom and flexibility to tailor your career path as a psychiatrist in a temporary capacity. At Staff Care, we partner with healthcare facilities of all sizes and locations nationwide to staff psychiatrists for short-term assignments. No matter where you are in your psychiatry career, locum tenens gives you the freedom to pursue different focus areas, settings, and patient populations while you explore the country and enjoy excellent benefits, including:

  • Malpractice Insurance & Liability Protection
  • Licensing Assistance
  • Travel & Lodging Support
  • Complimentary Continuing Medical Education (CME) Courses
  • Referral Benefits

Additionally, we have dedicated support and recruitment teams for all locum tenens psychiatry needs before, during, and after an assignment.

Explore Psychiatry Jobs

Staff Care is currently staffing for permanent and locum tenens psychiatry positions across a multitude of work settings, such as hospitals, clinics, and private practices. Our specialized recruitment teams and locums medical and physician staffing consultants have a unique industry understanding and depth of knowledge regarding psychiatry recruiting and job search trends—extending to the regional, specialty, and setting levels.

Join the World of Psychiatry with Staff Care

If you are interested in pursuing a locum tenens psychiatry career, your next step is only one click away. As a leader in staffing for locum tenens physicians and advanced practice positions, Staff Care is your partner in medical career success. As demand and the necessity for mental health treatment continue to grow, we will continue to work with the best psychiatry talent to find ideal job matches at facilities across the country.

To get started and learn more information about locum tenens psychiatry with Staff Care, complete the form on the right or click on the link below to connect with one of our expert physician recruiters.


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