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That’s Why We’re Here

So my wife got this new stuff called “Poo Pourri” which is something you pour into your toilet bowl before you poop and some fancy surface chemistry later–nothing in the wind. It’s a little like taking Beanos before a meal that might make you gassy and break wind, preventive medicine so to speak. There’s even […]

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ICPCN NOW Campaign: A Letter from Luisella

I just received this message from Dr. Luisella Magnani about the International Children’s Palliative Care Network NOW Campaign for children with life limiting conditions (click in the gallery to enlarge): See the announcement by Joan Marston, CEO of the International Children’s Palliative Care Network, and more about the NOW campaign in the tweet below: The […]

Save Our Monarchs!

Storyshucker Stu Perkins On The Magic Happens Radio Talk Show

So I had to rush home today from my office to hear Stu Perkins (Storyshucker) on the Magic Happens radio show. I only missed a few minutes but was able to catch everything because it’s recorded, of course. Listening to Storyshucker Stu Perkins on Tell Me a Story by The Magic Happens Hey, listen […]

American Delirium Society

American Delirium Society Annual Meeting 2016!

This is a shout-out about the American Delirium Society (ADS) 2016 meeting, which will be held in Nashville, Tennessee June 1-3, 2016. The theme is “Improving Care Through the Integration of Science and Policy.” Those interested in presenting can download  the call for proposals here. Proposals for symposia, workshops and roundtables should be submitted by September 14, […]

Owl winking

Demoralization: What If Antidepressants Are Not The Final Answer?

So I watched a very interesting show about owls and how well adapted they are to their environment, specifically as predators. Their eyes take up a lot more space than brain in their skulls compared to humans and their hearing is aided by their satellite dish shaped head feather arrangement. Further, they can fly silently, […]

"Relegating this work entirely to specialists is futile for it is doubtful whether there will ever be a sufficient number of psychiatrists to respond to all the requests for consultations. There is, therefore, no alternative to educating other physicians in the elements of psychiatric methods."--George W. Henry, MD, 1929

Catatonia: What If There’s No Psychiatric Consultant In The House?

I just finished reading the catatonia monograph on the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM) web site. I wondered if, in a hospital without access to a consulting psychiatrist, if an internist could apply some of the practical recommendations in it, especially since many cases of catatonia arise from medical causes and the presentation is essentially identical […]


Make Way for the Learners

All resident psychiatrists undergo periodic assessments of their patient interviewing and diagnostic skills called Clinical Skills Evaluations (CSEs) which allows experienced faculty to directly observe them conduct psychiatric evaluations of patients unknown to either the teacher or the learner. It’s a vital part of training the next generation of doctors, in whom I have great […]

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End of Life Discussions and The Medicare Payment Incentive

The article below (which was originally published by Kaiser Health News (KHN) which is a nonprofit national health policy news service and is being republished under the Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license) caught my eye and led to a long discussion about end-of-life care between me and Sena, my wife. In fact, I had a link to it in […]

Jim & Sena Clowning in Chicago

A Geezer Non-retiree Easing Into Retirement

Well, Sena alerted me to yet another boglehead retirement discussion. There was a  question for non-retirees and I guess I fit as a member of that group–though not for very long as I’m easing into retirement. The question was whether there’s anything that “really scares” us about the prospect of retirement. There were the usual concerns […]


Listen; You’re the Yellow Piano Man!

So before I went on vacation, I probably miscommunicated with the resident and medical students about the necessity of ensuring that the psychiatry consultation service mascot, Alice and her baby Clive, need to be regularly taken to the gift shop for a shot of invigorating helium. Otherwise they end up looking pretty tired. Imagine my […]

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Healing Moral Injury

I read the story about moral injury, otherwise known as guilt and shame, as a condition distinct from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) comparing it with Dr. George Dawson’s blog post about regret. (the AP version ) — James Amos (@jamostheelder) August 17, 2015 (the ABC news version) Soldier's Journey to Heal Spotlights 'Soul Wounds' of […]

American Delirium Society

American Delirium Society Blog by Dr. James Rudolph

Hey, here’s a shout-out about a new blog post by Jim Rudolph, MD, on the American Delirium Society (ADS) website: Building a Quality Program Around Delirium | American Delirium Society via @sharethis New blog post on ADS site — James Amos (@jamostheelder) August 16, 2015 I commented although I’m reposting it here until ADS […]

On the serene Potomac River

A Geezer Psychiatrist Goes to Washington, D.C.

We’re back from a spectacular trip to Washington, D.C. just as the Iowa State Fair gets underway with presidential candidates trying to talk around mouthfuls of deep-fried Iowa pork chops or Snickers bars on sticks. I gather conflict with hecklers is not hard to find on the midway. On the other hand, Sena and I […]

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Now or Never

Well, we’ll be getting on a plane for our first ever and probably only ever trip to Washington, D.C. I suppose I’ll be inflicting pictures on you eventually. And it’s another one of those now-or-never moments all over again.  I thought I would never go to college or medical school, get married, go to Hawaii […]

Dr. Jim Amos

Delirium PIP Tool Saga Continues: It Gets Preapproval

I’m on vacation but decided to announce the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) preapproval of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Delirium Performance in Practice (PIP) Tool, just notified today. This is a tool that psychiatric consultants in general hospitals can use. It’ll be published on the ABPN website and I’ve requested that the […]

Core Competency Pizza

Love Lifelong Learning: Eat Core Competency Pizza

I was hunting in the fridge for a snack and got an inspiration about making a Core Competency Pizza, which you could call a “half-baked” notion. Har! The reason for this is that I’m rarely hungry for only one or two slices of pizza and the Core Competencies are usually best thought of as skills […]

matball or retirement

The Geezer’s View of Retirement

So my wife added a link to our favorites list, Bogleheads on retirement. I’m starting to get hooked on the Bogleheads, and retirement is on our minds a lot lately. The big question is what will I do when I’m retired? I’m pretty sure I could cope with the question coming from others…as soon as I’ve […]

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Residents Getting Ready to Free Their Minds

So now that Windows 10 is out, I’ve been thinking more about continuous improvement in a different kind of way. Oh yeah, I remember Windows 95 and…Windows Me. I should probably reserve judgement on Windows 10 until after I’ve had a chance to get more familiar with it. And I’m not so sure about Cortana, […]

A couple of days ago; a little over 4 miles

The Delirium PIP Saga Continues…The Road to PreApproval

I just want to let you know I’ve not forgotten about the Delirium Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Performance in Practice (PIP) Tool project that one of the residents and I have been working on. I just submitted the Individual Preapproval Request form outlining the general criteria and process for the project to the American Board of Psychiatry […]

Save Our Monarchs!

Save the Monarchs…And Save Grass Roots Movements

As I drove out to the hospital this morning, I carefully passed  a large group of RAGBRAI riders. They looked strong. Later my wife told me about the big grass roots movement to save the Monarch butterflies that I had managed somehow to overlook. Volunteers are asking the Iowa cyclists to distribute milkweed pods along […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers

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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James Amos, MD

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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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