What Shall I Retire To?


The other day one of the residents sent me this link, which he thought I might enjoy. I replied that I’d seen it before and actually posted about it shortly after it had been published. The residents know I have “causes” on which I spend a fair amount of energy and the Maintenance of Certification is […]

Different Perspectives on the Mental Asylum: Accusing Each Other?

Worcester Recovery Center and Psychiatric Hospital

I finally read the New York Times op-ed by Dr. Christine Montross “The Modern Asylum.” And I also read the comments on it in the letters to the editor section, which tell both sides of the story on mental asylums from people who know a lot about it. One of the letters was from Dr. Jeffrey Geller, who supports […]

Pecha Kucha: Can I Say What I Need to Say in 400 Seconds?


OK, I know I’m a geezer but why have I not heard about Pecha Kucha until today? Pecha Kucha is japanese, literally means “chit chat” and I gather it’s the antidote to those death by powerpoint talks we’ve all sat through at educational conferences. Speakers get through 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide  in 400 […]

What Else Do I Do Besides Work?

Buddha in Fall

The other day one of the medical students asked me what I do when I’m not on duty. Believe it or not, I can’t remember ever getting a question like that from a medical student. My first answer was that I don’t have a lot of time for much else but work. That’s not a […]

Continuous Improvement

Dr. James Amos with coffee

I recently read a post from Psych Practice blogger about a new board, the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons. I’ve also been notified of the efforts of a Harvard neurologist to persuade the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology to simplify the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process. Dr. Paul Mathew is promoting a petition, which you can […]