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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… 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? 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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Iowa Psychiatric Society Moves Lifelong Learning Forward

I just got a message about our American Psychiatric Association (APA) district branch, the Iowa Psychiatric Society (IPS). It took action on the Maintenance of Certification (MOC). I’m rather proud of it because it supports the previous work by me and many other Iowa physicians through the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) to support lifelong learning […]

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Forgotten Letter to Myself on Mindfulness: A Snippet

Today I was a bit surprised by getting a letter in the mail–from myself. I had forgotten all about the letter which my mindfulness teacher, Bev Klug, ironically enough, had asked me and the rest of the members of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class to write to ourselves. On the last day of […]

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Being Mindful About Neuroscience

OK, so I’m writing this as fast as I can in between seeing patients, so I definitely would like your feedback on the articles I recently encountered and which I also have to read in between seeing patients. First, take a look at a couple of items that tend to complement each other (I hope!). […]

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Petition Closed On the Shutdown of Iowa State Hospitals

I decided to close my petition on improving inpatient mental health care in Iowa yesterday because there have been no new signatures in a couple of weeks. Governor Branstad and the state legislature are still not working with each other and he’s never “collaborated” with UIHC Psychiatry that I know of. Layoffs of Mt. Pleasant workers […]

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The MOC Civil War: Put the Horse Back in the Barn–Or Get a New Horse?

So here’s some news, including an article in Newsweek about the growing opposition to Maintenance of Certification (MOC), which for tens of thousands of physicians across the United States does not embody the principle of lifelong learning. The controversial MOC has been the subject of countless articles in trade journals and blogs for years; it’s gratifying […]


CPCP: Antidepressants in Short Bowel Syndrome by Medical Students

  Hey, coming at you with a truly outstanding Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) presentation on antidepressants in the setting of short bowel syndrome. The medical students really worked hard on this one; Katie Gavinski, M3, who is interested in internal medicine and/or pediatrics and Christopher Kuebler, M4 who is targeting a career in […]


Iowa MHI Closings and MeTV Imitates Life

I saw the news story about the shortage of psychiatrists in Iowa and Governor Branstad’s plan to shut down two of the state’s Mental Health Institutes (Clarinda and Mt. Pleasant). Dr. Al Whitters mentions that his hospital now boards patients in the emergency room at Mercy Medical Center while the hospital searches for psychiatric hospitals […]


Getting Small As MOC Reform Looms Large

I had to walk Nigella (our official psychiatry consultation service mascot) yesterday and ended up replacing her at the gift shop. Although it doesn’t cost anything to get her filled up with helium, it’s kind of a nuisance to do it once a week. However, the slow leak gave us an opportunity to get small […]

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Help The Boards Find Their Google Glasses

I had a look at the first electronic version of Iowa Medicine, the Journal of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). The story that caught my eye was written by Dr. J.D. Polk, DO, “The Future of Medical Education.” It made me think that we need to help medical specialty certification board members find their Google […]


New Message to Iowa Governor About Planned MHI Closings

I saw the recent news story saying the Iowa Senate approved a bill that could halt the upcoming closure of the Mental Health Institutes at Clarinda and Mt. Pleasant until they can develop a plan to assure the patients there will get suitable long-term treatment. The legislature would approve the plan. I fired off a […]

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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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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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“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: 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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Jim Amos

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.