Lifelong Learning: Making Sure Ideas Live

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I’ve been eagerly awaiting the results of Psych Practice Blogger’s survey on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and they’re finally in. Psych Practice: MOC Survey Results What would you do? — James Amos (@jamostheelder) April 25, 2015 That survey is now closed and I decided to close […]

Remembering Our Friend Nigella

Nigella and fire trucks

  I have bad news. We lost a friend yesterday. Nigella, after a protracted exhalation, finally expired. The mascot of the psychiatry consult service just couldn’t hang on any longer. It’s ironic but inspiring (no pun intended) that walking Nigella down to the gift shop about once a week for her regular helium injection actually […]

CPCP: Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome by Neurology Resident Dr. Dan Anderson, DO


Hey, coming at you with another outstanding Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP), this one on Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS) by Neurology resident Dr. Dan Anderson, DO. NMS is a rare syndrome, occurring in about 1 in 5000 patients and it can progress quickly to a life-threatening condion. Many experts call it a drug-induced malignant […]

A Mindful Letter from Bev


As I reflect on my upcoming one year anniversary of my own mindfulness practice, I want to pass on the latest letter from Bev Klug, M.A., LMFT, Director of Mindfulness-Based Programs here at Iowa about the upcoming Mindfulness programs this summer. It starts off with a quote from the 14th century Persian poet, Hafiz. Now […]

Reflecting on the Grand Rounds


So I gave a Grand Rounds presentation on pseudobulbar affect which Dr. Robert G. Robinson, MD, PhD, my co-presenter, colleague, and former chair of our psychiatry department says is a misnomer and prefers the term “pathologic emotionality.” He should know–he’s an internationally recognized expert on post-brain injury neuropsychiatric syndromes. I used most of the slides […]