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TSTAM, The Corporatization of Health Care and What to Do About That Petition

A physician I respect, Dr. Arvind Cavale, sent me a link to a petition decrying the corporatization of health care in America, “Claim the patient-physician relationship back!” I had a couple of misgivings about it. One was that I didn’t see what authority would receive the petition after a requisite number of signatures (1000? 10,000?) were […]

Buddha in Fall

Upcoming Mindfulness Classes: A Letter from Bev Klug

It’s  time for another letter from Bev Klug, MA, LMFT Director of our Mindfulness Programs at Iowa. Upcoming classes and groups are in the tweet below: Upcoming Mindfulness Classes & Groups at Iowa — James Amos (@jamostheelder) January 28, 2015 She has a great message: Mindfulness regularly shows up in the news and popular […]


CPCP: Pseudobulbar Affect From Resident Drs. Morse and Segraves

This is a superb Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP0 on pseudobulbar affect put together by a couple of outstanding junior residents in our department, Dr. Emily Morse, DO and Dr. Andrew Segraves, DO. Occasionally the psychiatry consultation service is called to help with this issue in patients who have suffered strokes or other brain […]


Finding and Keeping Lost Treasure

I ran across a Storyshucker story yesterday and it reminded me of something I had not thought of in a while. Small Green Marble via @storyshucker Found something I thought I'd lost — James Amos (@jamostheelder) January 25, 2015 It’s a good thing I hang on to things too. Stuart’s little story about keepsakes […]


The Connection Between Turbotaxgate and MOC

I saw a couple of articles in Forbes that seemed to be related although maybe it’s only in my own mind. First the article by Larry Husten on the Maintenance of Certification (MOC), which I tweeted: Three Reasons Why You Don't Need To Feel Sorry For Doctors via @forbes Comments: many reasons to feel […]

Super Bowl Football

Shrinking the Growing Balls Controversy

We need to get this deflate gate conspiracy sorted out once and for all. What we need is the complete and total skinny on who knew what and when they knew it. We ought to be busting the balls of the ball boys and get the equipment managers under the hot lights about this because right […]


The Mental Health Asylum: The Pendulum Swings Back?

This article entitled “Improving Long Term Psychiatric Care: Bring Back the Asylum,” in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) caught my eye, given that it’s Martin Luther King Jr Week 2015 [1]: Improving Long-term Psychiatric Care The pendulum swings back? — James Amos (@jamostheelder) January 21, 2015 The reason I made the […]

Nigella and the A Team

Nigella Making More Friends

Well I hear Dr. Jen Donovan was thrilled to see Nigella (the psychiatry consult service mascot who reminds us to not take ourselves too seriously) yesterday. And well she should because Dr. Donovan started this new tradition of taking Nigella for a walk through the hospital getting small. Every once in a while, it’s nice […]

Dr. Alex Gamble, MD

The Geezer is K’velling Again: Dr. Alex Gamble on Training Sitters for Delirious Patients

So I guess this post is another example of what Psych Practice blogger called “k’velling.” Dr. Alex Gamble, who is one of our best residents in the combined Internal Medicine–Psychiatry program, recently made the excellent training video above about delirium to be used in training sitters. Sitters are those who provide one-to-one observation for hospitalized […]


The Grand Rounds Conference: “An Event Sociological”

Remember this quote from the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind?: Laughlin [translating for Lacombe]: I believe that for every one of these anxious, anguished people who have come here this evening, there must be hundreds of others also touched by the implanted vision who never made it this far. It’s simply because they […]

Dr. Amos on the opinion page MLK 2015

The Geezer’s in the News on MLK Week!

Remembering our calling: Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015 via @presscitizen Hey, I'm in the news! — James Amos (@jamostheelder) January 19, 2015


Zap Me There

Have you heard about the wearable device that’ll zap your mood wherever you want it? It’s made by a company called Thync, whose web site reminded me of a series of recent posts by fellow blogger Katherine Gordy Levine about hypnotic techniques used to sell you stuff you may or may not need or want or, […]


CPCP: Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures by the Medical Students

Another very interesting Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) presentation coming your way by 3rd year medical students Aeen Asghar and Karl Loth. Aeen is going into surgery and Karl is still thinking about what he’ll specialize in. The controversial status of Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures (PNES) starts with the name, which has evolved over many […]

Dr Bobblehead

Does My Work Define Me?

My wife occasionally tells me about an online forum for those who have questions about investments, retirement and similar issues. I usually just half-listen and once I looked it up and dismissed it because the group is called the “Bogleheads,” and, heck, that’s not the way to spell “boggleheads.” I realized later I was confusing […]


Remembering Our Calling: Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015

Starting on January 19, 2015 our University of Iowa and the Iowa City communities will launch the Martin Luther King Jr. Day observation. This year, jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon will be the featured speaker delivering the DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DISTINGUISHED LECTURE on January 20, 2015 from noon to one PM in the Prem Sahai Auditorium, 1110 […]

Dr. James Amos with coffee

Can We Do Without K-Cups and the MOC?

Boarded to Death — Why Maintenance of Certification Is Bad for Doctors and Patients — NEJM Is the ABMS listening? — James Amos (@jamostheelder) January 8, 2015 So I originally got a tweet about Dr. Paul Teirstein’s Perspective article in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) yesterday and retweeted it. The tweet above […]


CPCP: Factitious Disorder by Dr. Garrett Wilcox MD

Here’s a great review of Factitious Disorder presented today by Family Medicine resident Dr. Garrett Wilcox, MD. It’s a poorly understood form of simulated illness which is distinct from somatic symptom disorders and malingering (an accusation, not a diagnosis) in which the patient deliberately feigns illness and lies to health care professionals about the origin […]

Dr. James Amos with coffee

Nowhere to Hide from the MOC

This morning after I shoveled the mountain of snow the city plow pushed on our driveway, I saw this great post about the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) recertification exam by Psych Practice blogger. It’s tough to know how to study for it and it’s just one of the many controversial components of the MOC process which […]

Dr. Alison Lynch MD

Mind-Body Medicine in Iowa Forging Ahead

Dr. Alison Lynch, MD gave a very accessible talk at the Iowa Public Library, “Integrating Physical and Mental Health to Treat the Whole Person,” on 10/8/2014, sponsored by the Community Mental Health Center for Mid-Eastern Iowa. See the link or the tweet below: Mental Health – Mind-Body Connection Great presentation for general audience on integrated care […]


CPCP: Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia by Dr. Ashley Stillwell, DO

The last CPCP for the year 2014 is about a poorly understood phenomenon, Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia (OIH). It’s an excellent review by one of our talented Family Medicine-Psychiatry residents, Dr. Ashley Stillwell, DO. It’s a very nice follow-up to a previous post on the topic. While we probably ought to allow that OIH is a controversial syndrome, […]

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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: 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: 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

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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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.