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Legislator Loebsack Letter: Can’t Touch This

OK, so I admit the letter I wrote to my US legislators about Maintenance of Certification (MOC) being problematic in the SGR H 2 bill probably overemphasized the issue. Overall I’m as glad as most physicians are about the bill being passed. However, the message I received in reply from Representative Dave Loebsack was over the […]


Survey Time!

OK, just a quick announcement; there’s a new Psych Practice blogger post with a fun one question survey about the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Finally, a respectable survey!: Psych Practice: Follow the Money: A One Question Survey http://t.co/hLqTesZjZs Dig the new MOC survey! — James Amos (@jamostheelder) April […]


Three River Birch Trees

So I read Dr. George Dawson’s recent post  which got me thinking about the source of my own work ethic and what I’m going to retire to–instead of what I’m going to retire from.  Also, just so you know, my wife, Sena, told me enough is enough with the MOC posts for a while so […]

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MOC A Job for Firefighters?

Well, the recent debate about whether or not the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) plays a steering role in the SGR H 2 “Doc Fix Legislation” got me to thinking about what I’ve been telling medical students and residents lately about the realities they’ll face once they graduate and are out in practice, especially as it includes […]

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Writing My Legislators About MOC

I got a message from one of the medical students alerting me to the latest Newsweek MOC article. That’s right–I said “medical student,” which isn’t so surprising because he rotated through the psychiatry consultation service while I was on duty staffing it as faculty. He got an earful from me about MOC and how it […]

Nigella declared today Red Pants Revolution for Lifelong Learning Day.

MOC Talk Movie and Updates

So I updated the MOC Talk Video and it’s now a movie, though admittedly it’s essentially the same show aired on April Fools’ Day. However, it has a little noncopyrighted music, the powerpoint slide set is embedded (though it’s added rather than coordinated with the rest of the presentation), and one of the debaters has […]

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A Taste of Retirement

I’m on vacation and sort of getting an idea of what retirement could be like for me and my wife. Today we went for ice cream and a short walk along the Clear Creek Trail today and on our way back, stopped so I could get out and check our mailbox. As I was fishing […]

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The Great MOC Debate: April TomFOOLERY!

So this is another post on the Maintenance of Certification (MOC), this time with a YouTube video featuring a debate between board leaders. I’m supposed to be on vacation but thought of this one over coffee this morning. Happy April Fools’ Day and support lifelong learning! In order to see the picture galleries of photos […]

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The Connections Between Owls, Voles and Crossroads

So the other day as my wife and I were out driving we saw this owl sitting on top of a street sign on the intersection not far from our house. He looked straight at me. I remember thinking, “Where were you when the voles were gorging on our lawn? I’ve never seen an owl […]


Does MOC Matter?

So it’s time for another update on the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS) survey. There’s still only a handful of respondents, but the opinion is still pretty clear–doctors want an alternative to the traditional boards. The comments are revealing and, after a while, redundant: Respondents are from states across the U.S. and Canada. […]

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Feedback to ABMS on MOC Now!

By now most board-certified psychiatrists have received the ABPN Letter to Diplomates letter announcing its suggestion to the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to make the controversial Part IV of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) optional. It’s a major step forward and it follows the American Psychiatric Association (APA) letter, ABPN-Letter (1) sent ABPN only days […]

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If Only We Knew Then What We Know Now

I left a comment on the March 17, 2015 Psychiatric Times article “ABIM Finally Gets It Right” by Sidney Weissman, MD, and it should make us all wonder what is the real worth of board certification, let alone Maintenance of Certification (MOC). You can get the same message from Dr. Wes in his post “Money for […]

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Survey on The National Board of Physicians and Surgeons

By now a lot of physicians are aware of the newly launched alternative board, the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NBPAS). I think doctors should check it out and talk it over with their hospital credentials committee and other administrative officers. You might be surprised at what you hear. You could find out that Maintenance […]


Delirium and Major Neurocognitive Disorder for Medical Students: Presentation Shortcode

Here’s an update on the delirium and dementia (oops, I meant major neurocognitive disorder as per DSM-5) lecture for medical students using WordPress Presentation Shortcode. It’s not the same as PowerPoint–but close. I didn’t use bullets because then you’d have to click the navigation arrows each and every time for each separate bulleted line. We […]


Kick SPOT And MOC Down the Road?

So I heard about The ACLU and the NYCLU taking the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to court recently to obtain documents about the controversial airport screening program called  Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques, or SPOT. It is widely criticized as promoting racial profiling and for having no evidence of effectiveness at identifying terrorists. It’s been controversial for a […]


Clinical Neuroscience and Psychiatry Hand in Hand?

The short video below introduces today’s blog: I read a great post by Dr. George Dawson about neuroscience, which seemed to be a nice counterpoint about my rant on the same subject. Compare the tweets below: Real Psychiatry: Neuroscience In Psychiatry Now – It Is A Lot Easie… http://t.co/IdENsLjScK Interesting! — James Amos (@jamostheelder) March […]


CPCP: Suicide Risk Assessment by Resident Psychiatrist Dr. Andrew Segraves

Coming at you with another well-done Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) this one by psychiatry resident Dr. Andrew Segraves, DO on suicide risk assessment. Arguably this is the most important job of psychiatrists and we’re always striving to improve our performance, especially by listening carefully and empathically to our patients. You’ll remember Dr. Segraves […]


CPCP: Protracted Benzodiazepine Withdrawal by Dr. Matt Klein

So here’s another great CPCP, this time on protracted benzodiazepine withdrawal from resident psychiatrist, Dr. Matt Klein, DO, a repeat performer whom you’ll recall from his excellent previous presentation on Psychiatric Emergency Medications for Agitated Patients in December 2014. This is a very intriguing subject and I can never find anything published and available in PubMed […]

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The Letter APA Did Not Send Me About the MOC

So I just happened to be checking out Psych Practice blogger’s site and saw this announcement about the American Psychiatric Association (APA) letter to the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) recommending that the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV modules be dropped: Psych Practice: An MOC Step? http://t.co/5vk7AVQ2qs I got a tweet yesterday […]

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Luisella Magnani and Donald Zolan’s Paintings Together

Dr. Luisella Magnani sent me exciting news, which is that her studies, on the beauty of distraction from artist Donald Zolan’s paintings of children have been published on his website. This includes her poster from the 9th Annual Meeting of the European Delirium Association in Cremona, Italy in November 2014, LuisellaMagnaniPOSTER-CREMONA. Zolan’s wife, Jennifer, believes in Luisella’s […]

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Spectacular Video from the GRECC: Delirium, Quiet and Excited

Coming at you with another one of those pristine videos from the VA GRECC, and this one is about hypoactive and hyperactive delirium. This is an incredibly well-crafted educational resource and I thank Dr. Nina Tumosa, PhD for giving permission to post it. This is Delirium: Quiet and Excited, an educational video from the Department […]

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A Spectacular Video from the GRECC: Agitation in the Older Nursing Home Resident

This is another one of those high-quality videos I posted about earlier, Spectacular Educational Videos by Department of Veterans Affairs « The Practical Psychosomaticist: James Amos, M.D. and which Dr. Nina Tumosa, PhD gave permission to post. This is Agitated Behaviors in Older Nursing Home Residents, an educational video from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Geriatric […]

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“TADA!” Tolerate, Anticipate, Don’t Agitate

“T-A-DA”stands for Tolerate behaviors that are challenging, but not dangerous; Anticipate needs of patients who are unable to communicate their needs; and Don’t Agitate patients who are cognitively incapable of processing the reasons why caregivers want to provide care for them which might be misunderstood. It’s taken from a paper written by Dr. Joseph Flaherty […]

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Spectacular Video from the GRECC: Dementia with Agitation

This is one of those high-quality videos I posted about earlier, Spectacular Educational Videos by Department of Veterans Affairs « The Practical Psychosomaticist: James Amos, M.D. and which Dr. Nina Tumosa, PhD gave permission to post. This is Dementia with Agitation, an educational video from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers […]

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Jim Amos

Dr. James J. Amos is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the UI Carver College of Medicine at The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Amos received a B. S. degree in Distributed Studies (Zoology, Chemistry, and Microbiology) in 1985 from Iowa State University and an M.D. from The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa in 1992. He completed his psychiatry residency, including a year as Chief Resident, in 1996 at the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Iowa. He has co-edited a practical book about consultation psychiatry with Dr. Robert G. Robinson entitled Psychosomatic Medicine: An Introduction to Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. As a clinician educator, among Dr. Amos’s most treasured achievements is the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.

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Hey, It’s Not All About Me

You can find a lot of educational content about Psychosomatic Medicine here, mostly about delirium (not the music group!). I give credit to all of my teachers. Some WordPress features (e.g. Presentation Shortcode) work better in other web browsers. In order to see the picture galleries of photos or powerpoint slides, click on one of the slides, which will open up the presentation to fill the screen. Use the arrow buttons to scroll left and right through the slides or up and down to view the annotations. To search educational University of Iowa presentations, go to URL http://medicine.uicapture.uiowa.edu/Panopto/Pages/Default.aspx. Type my name to see mine—or just type “skinny”. Navigate to Category 1 CME from my blog site by looking under The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics menu under my blog title header, scroll to “Panopto UICapture Educational Presentations” (clicking that will take you to all presentations or type my name to see mine—or just type “skinny”), and hover to highlight “Health Pro Network Univ of Iowa CME”; or go to URL http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/healthpro/. Enjoy!
Disclaimer:This blog is both fun and it's for educational purposes only. You should not use it as a substitute for medical advice from your personal physician.