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IRB Opinion on Randomise Me Trial for Epic Delirium Order Set

I thought it might be fun to let you guys know how my Institutional Review Board (IRB) evaluation went for my proposed randomized trial regarding our Epic Delirium Order Set quality improvement study, which I’ve posted about previously. A couple of my colleagues thought the safest course would be to make sure this project wouldn’t […]

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ACEs Study: Guest Blog by Dr. Resmiye Oral

The link, ACEs Dr Resmiye Oral blog takes you to an outstanding guest blog by a colleague in The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Department of Pediatrics about the Adverse Childhood Events (ACE) study which Dr. Oral presented at a recent Pediatrics Department Grand Rounds conference. Dr. Oral’s presentation builds on that of the physicians […]


My Letter to Iowa Congressmen to Oppose MOL

I just sent the email letter below to my state congressmen about supporting lifelong learning and opposing Maintenance of Licensure (MOL) in Iowa. I’m urging other physicians who care about lifelong learning and high-quality patient care to consider writing similar letters to their state legislators. Dear Iowa Senators and Representatives, I’m a psychiatrist at The […]

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An Update on Medical Marijuana in Iowa

You may remember the issue of medical marijuana in Iowa from a previous post. I just got an update on the issue in an e-mail message from the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) recently, PRN: Medical Cannibidiol Use Considered by General Assembly via #constantcontact medical marijuan law in Iowa?— James Amos (@jamostheelder) April 16, 2014 […]


Uncertainty and Complexity in the Practice of Medicine: What Keeps Us Going?

I ran across a blog post by Psych Practice which speaks to the tolerance of uncertainty which so many of us, including yours truly, find difficult to tolerate. This coincides with my efforts to wrap my head around the complexity of being a doctor these days and the fear and loathing the field seems to ignite. And […]


LSD and Psychotherapy for Anxiety Related to Life-Threatening Illness

I found this interesting article on the first study in 40 years to use LSD to facilitate psychotherapy in patients suffering from anxiety related to being faced with a life-threatening illness [1]. There were only 12 subjects, so it’s hard to generalize much, but none of them had a bad trip. According to the introduction, […]


The Maudsley Debate: CBT for Psychosis Oversold? The video above is from the 50th Maudsley Debate in London, the index for which you can find here. I’ve never heard of the Maudsley Debates until I got an email about this one, “CBT for Psychosis Is Oversold: This House Believes that CBT for Psychosis is Oversold.” CBT stands for “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. ” […]


Please Help Josie D’agostino

Josie's Open Heart Surgery Bills— James Amos (@jamostheelder) April 10, 2014 This is just a short announcement supporting Josie D’agostino’s GoFundMe campaign to help defray the costs of her open heart surgery. Josie is a former member of our Psychiatry Department and helped make our department web site what it is. She also helped […]

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Just Another Reminder: Answer Question 31 on Physician Acceptability Survey on MOL

OK, this is just another reminder that the so-called Physician Acceptability Survey, part of the Maintenance of Licensure (MOL) implementation pilot project by the Iowa Board of Medicine (IBM) will be open until April 21, 2014. In my opinion, it would be dangerous for Iowans if MOL were adopted, which would tie medical licensure to Maintenance […]


New MOC Study: Comment on POLL

The latest article I posted on the Psychiatry Online Lifelong Learning (POLL) LinkedIn site (registration is free) describes a study, one of the very few, which seems to demonstrate that it’s feasible to measure how much Maintenance of Certification (MOC) improves the ability of physicians to improve medical management of a specific population of primary […]


The Old Fashioned Way to Say Thank You

This is just a short update about the saga of my journey to find Jenny Lind Porter, my former teacher at Huston-Tillotson College (H-TC, now Huston-Tillotson University) in Austin Texas back in the mid-1970s. I finally found her with the help of the Austin Poetry Society (APS). Well, at least I found her address. She […]


CPCP: Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis: A psychosomatic medicine perspective

Coming at you with another fabulous Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) and this one is about Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, building on a previous post. This one was put together by resident physicians, a tag-team approach by Drs. Stephanie Houston and Abraham Assad. This issue is really all about psychiatrists and non-psychiatric physicians working together […]


Petitions Supporting Lifelong Learning

This is just a brief announcement to highlight a couple of petitions supporting lifelong learning by opposing Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and Maintenance of Licensure (MOL). See this link for very basic background from the perspective of psychiatry, TCPR May 2013 The petition to the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) was launched on March 10, […]

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Finding Jenny Lind Porter

I got a message from another student of Dr. Jenny Lind Porter, about whom I’ve written a few times on this blog. One representative piece is spotlight post on Jenny Lind Porter. You can see the comments from her other former students, Karen J. Massey and Darlynna Morris Rush. Recall I was one of her students […]


Randomise The Opera Bird Prize?

I’ve been asking colleagues about the possibility of using the randomise me site to promote the Epic Delirium Order Set, which some of you might recall I speculated about in a previous post. An alert reader, Psych Practice, asked me if I’d have to run it by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). I just found out […]


“A Tremendous Whack”

“If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.”–Winston Churchill I’ve been watching the progress of the petition to the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) […]

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A Box Marked “Fragile”

So at the end of a beautiful Saturday with my wife, Sena, we drove home. As we pulled into the driveway, Sena spied and, with embarrassment, mentioned that a box containing my gift for my upcoming birthday  had been delivered a bit too early. It was on our front porch. I got to carry it […]


CPCP: A Primer on Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome by the Medical Students

Here’s another excellent CPCP by a pair of medical students, Paul Meirick, who’s interested in internal medicine and Pablo Kollmar, who’s interested in anesthesia. They both matched in their chosen residency programs so, congratulations! they also contributed the Epic Delirium Order Set slide for the screensaver post, the one with the 4-armed character. They worked […]


Compassion Fatigue and Osler’s Imperturbability

I read with great interest Dr. George Dawson’s post on compassion fatigue. It sounded like his own special beginning of the time of closing off a part of himself so that he could do what doctors have to do for patients if they are to help them through their own horror. His account of one of […]


Iowa Physician Acceptability Survey on MOL is History…for Me

The Iowa Physician Acceptability Survey on Maintenance of Licensure (MOL) in Iowa was sent out yesterday by e-mail link, which I completed. I’ve written several posts about this, the most recent on March 23, 2014. In case you can’t guess, of course I completed Question 31 (“Please provide any additional comments you might have that […]

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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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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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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 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 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.