Just a brief update:
I finished the third day of my psychiatry clerkship this evening. The patients my team cares for are on the lowest acuity section of the floor, but that means there are a lot of interesting - and sad - personality disorders (versus the floridly psychotic). The learning curve is steep, but I think I'll get a basic hang of the topics in a few weeks. What I am really excited about is honing my interview skills. This is the perfect place for that.