CPCP: Borderline Personality Disorder and Chronic Pain Management in Primary Care


So today’s Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) presentation was absolutely spot-on and right up the alley for primary care clinicians and consultation psychiatrists in the general hospital. Dr. Alka Walter, MBBS, is a first year resident in Family Medicine rotating through the General Hospital Psychiatry Service and did an outstanding job of outlining the […]

Neuroprotective Chemicals and More Than One Way to Skin A Cat

(c) Andrew Pieper, M.D., Ph.D., University of Iowa

So I saw a fascinating Grand Rounds presentation on traumatic brain injury today. The Grand Rounds is a lifelong learning kind of activity in our department recently undergoing a change. We used to have separate presentations, one for researchers to present their research, and a more traditional Grand Rounds in which clinicians (or researchers) could […]

September is Suicide Prevention Month: Crisis Hot Lines


September is Suicide Prevention Month and I’ve been particularly more appreciative of psychiatry residents and crisis telephone hot line volunteers. When I was a resident I took calls from suicidal patients via the hospital operator and, as faculty, I still get the occasional call on the general hospital psychiatry consultation service when I carry the […]

CPCP: Involuntary Treatment for Substance Abuse by Medical Student Sara Reed


So here’s a brand new, thought-provoking Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) by a hard-working 4th year medical student, Sara Reed, who plans to do her residency in pediatrics. This one involved looking into the evidence-base for studies that would guide us on whether or not involuntary treatment of persons with addictions is any more […]

National Suicide Prevention Week: Suicide Risk Assessment


Since September is Suicide Prevention Month and next week will be National Suicide Prevention Week, I thought it would be timely to post a presentation about suicide risk assessment. Nearly every day in my role as a psychiatric consultant I’m asked to assess someone’s suicide risk, usually after the patient has been admitted following a […]