Another Great CPCP on Involuntary Treatment for Substance Abuse by a Medical Student!

Iowa Medical Society Policy Forum to discuss PRS 14-02: Support of Lifelong Learning and Opposition to Mandatory Maintenance of Certification (MOC) on Sept. 25, 2014

Several Policy Request Statements will be discussed in a meeting open to IMS members on 9/25/2014 including the one on opposing MOC starting at 12:30 in room 5181 of the Medical Education Research Facility at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.


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Neuroprotective Chemicals and More Than One Way to Skin A Cat

So I saw a fascinating Grand Rounds presentation on traumatic brain injury today. The Grand Rounds is a lifelong learning kind of activity in our department recently undergoing a change. We used to have separate presentations, one for researchers to present their research, and a more traditional Grand Rounds in which clinicians (or researchers) could […]


September is Suicide Prevention Month: Crisis Hot Lines

September is Suicide Prevention Month and I’ve been particularly more appreciative of psychiatry residents and crisis telephone hot line volunteers. When I was a resident I took calls from suicidal patients via the hospital operator and, as faculty, I still get the occasional call on the general hospital psychiatry consultation service when I carry the […]


CPCP: Involuntary Treatment for Substance Abuse by Medical Student Sara Reed

So here’s a brand new, thought-provoking Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) by a hard-working 4th year medical student, Sara Reed, who plans to do her residency in pediatrics. This one involved looking into the evidence-base for studies that would guide us on whether or not involuntary treatment of persons with addictions is any more […]


National Suicide Prevention Week: Suicide Risk Assessment

Since September is Suicide Prevention Month and next week will be National Suicide Prevention Week, I thought it would be timely to post a presentation about suicide risk assessment. Nearly every day in my role as a psychiatric consultant I’m asked to assess someone’s suicide risk, usually after the patient has been admitted following a […]

Compass Plant or Rosinweed

A Post for Gardeners and Doctors

So I could find only one other post besides this one on my blog about the intersection of botany with human medicine, and it’s below. Delirium Prevention: An Idea Like Creeping Myrtle and Creeping Charlie?: via @jamostheelder botany and medicine — James Amos (@jamostheelder) September 1, 2014 My wife is an avid gardener and […]

Dr. Amos in scrubs

WordPress Presentation Shortcode; The New PowerPoint: Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms

So this is another quick presentation using WordPress shortcode on an important topic in Psychosomatic Medicine–somatic symptom disorders. Although I understand and respect the DSM-5 reconceptualization of the somatoform disorders, I’m still going to use the term Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms (MUPS) because it’s readily recognizable. Many doctors are still using it for convenience. Most […]

Doorway to home

What’s the Quick Fix for the Quick Fix?

Well, I just ran across some news items which remind me of our quick-fix nation. One is a Washington Post article about a project associated with President Obama’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN Initiative) involving the development of computer chips to help treat neuropsychiatric syndromes such as post-traumatic stress disorder. The program manager at […]

Decisional Capacity

Look Out; He’s Using Shortcode Again! Decisional Capacity Assessment

I’m incorrigible; I’m trying to use WordPress Presentation Shortcode again to make a short presentation on decisional capacity assessment. This is a frequent request, I mean to help with decisional capacity assessment, not shortcode, of course. This by no means does much more than scratch the surface of this issue, but it’s what’s essential for […]

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My Comments on Affirming Lifelong Learning and Opposing MOC in Iowa

The Iowa Medical Society (IMS) new Policy Forum will meet on September 25, 2014 to discuss a half-dozen pivotal issues including my Policy Request Statement (PRS) 14-02: Support of Lifelong Learning and Opposition to Mandatory Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Below are my comments on the IMS LinkedIn site. I’ve already submitted written comments required by […]


Uh Oh…Using WordPress Shortcode Again: C-L Psychiatry and Delirium

Every once in a while, I get an urge to try WordPress Presentation Shortcode and the results are usually quirky for reasons I can’t fathom. But then I’m a geezer and can’t be expected to solve all these digital puzzles. You have to use only the arrow keys to navigate through each and every line on […]

Hanging out with the bronze fonz (2)

Back on the MOC Again

Well, my wife and I just got back from vacation in downtown Milwaukee where I snapped quite a few pictures, and it’s remarkable how much of it reminded me of the first Policy Forum of the Iowa Medical Society, now in the Testimony Forum stage. Of course, I didn’t think about my Policy Request Statement […]

Dr. Helen Creasey

Let’s Hear It for CHOPs On Delirium!

I really can’t say enough about how practical and evidence-based the website CHOPs is regarding assessing and managing delirium in hospitalized, elderly patients. Dr. Helen Creasey, who is a geriatrician, never mentions even once in this stunningly clear presentation that you should call for the consulting psychiatrist immediately for this disturbingly common neuropsychiatric complication that is […]

POLL Butterfly

Ruminating On Whatever Happened to POLL?

It’s Friday so how about chewing on a news item which will satisfy anyone’s limited appetite for pseudoscience? The premise is that the more times you chew, the more likely you’re to eat less and therefore more likely to lose weight. Get your Bite Monitor soon, while they’re hot. OK, so I’ve been called the slowest eater […]

Comply and Oppose

Iowa Medical Society to Launch PRS 14-02 on MOC in Iowa: Teach the Policy Forum Well

Teach Your Children, Live in Adelaide, Australia | Playing For Change Change is always coming. — James Amos (@jamostheelder) August 14, 2014 This is a reminder for Iowans and whoever else is interested in the debate on the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) issue.  I’ve submitted one of the first ever Iowa Medical Society (IMS) […]

Dr. James Amos with coffee

Another Plug for Mindfulness from the Humanism in Medicine Blog

How I Left the Walking Dead for the Walking Dead Meditation Even a geezer can change — James Amos (@jamostheelder) August 13, 2014 I thought I’d share the Humanism in Medicine Blog Post on my first-person perspective about Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class in which I recently participated. It was published today on the Arnold […]

Luisella Magnani

9th Annual European Delirium Association Congress in November 2014 in Cremona, Italy!

I was very pleased to get a reminder from Dr. Luisella Magnani about the upcoming 9th Annual European Delirium Association Congress November 6-7, 2014 in Cremona, Italy. Featured lecturers include Harvard’s Dr. James Rudolph, MD, who does research on delirium in geriatric patients and is also a member of the American Delirium Society Board of Directors. […]

Dr. James Amos with coffee

Confused Hospitalized Older Persons (CHOPS) Has it Going On

I’ve been waiting a while for a video like this from an older physician who has some experience and perspective on the challenge of assessing and managing delirium in elderly patients. Dr. Helen Creasey is a great example of the kind of non-psychiatrist expert in delirium who can be the perfect role model for all […]


Can We Walk The Talk About Preventing Suicide?

I may have to rethink my resolve not to practice what I call the Walking Dead Meditation. I know I’ve made fun of it and, of course, the real name is the Walking Meditation. I learned about it in my Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class. It could be a great way to deepen my mindfulness […]

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My Public Statement to the Iowa Medical Society Policy Forum to Oppose MOC

The following statement in the link and copied below is my public comment on the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) regarding my proposal for a new policy supporting the principle of lifelong learning and opposing Maintenance of Certification (MOC) in Iowa. I believe we can influence the physician shortage in my state by ensuring we don’t create […]

Dr. James Amos with coffee

My Perspective on the Interview with Dr. Thomas Insel on BRAIN Disorders

AUDIO: An interview with Dr. Thomas Insel – Part I : Clinical Psychiatry News — James Amos (@jamostheelder) August 6, 2014 I thought it might be fun today to listen to an audio interview with the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Dr. Thomas Insel, conducted by Whitney McKnight for Clinical Psychiatry News. […]

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GRECC Videos

Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers

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 […]

Dr. Joseph Flaherty, MD

“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 […]

Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers

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 […]

Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers

Spectacular Video from the GRECC: Agitation in the Hospitalized Older Patient

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 Hospitalized Patients, an educational video from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Geriatric Research […]

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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.