The Maintenance of Certification Fait Accompli Position and Why I Reject It

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So we’re just days away from the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) Policy Forum and I can tell you that the majority of Iowa physicians support my Policy Request Statement on opposing Maintenance of Certification. I have to admit I’m a bit nervous about how the discussion will go on September 25, 2014 starting at 12:30 in room […]

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 […]