MOC: The Race for Money

money…— James Amos (@jamostheelder) July 18, 2014 I found the tweet above after I got the usual American Medical Association Political Action Committee (AMPAC) dues invoice asking for the millionth time for a $100 fee to help fund their political action activities. I read the letter and marveled at the ironic ring of one paragraph: […]

Zombie Apocalypse Walking Meditation for Resident Stress Management?


How to Welcome Incoming Residents… How about mindfulness?— James Amos (@jamostheelder) July 19, 2014 The link in the tweet above takes you to an article about how important enhanced resilience is in new resident physicians. This is critically important in July when stress is rampant on the wards. I’m surprised the author didn’t mention […]

CPCP: Medical Treatment of Acetaminophen Poisoning


This week we had a stellar presentation at our regular Clinic Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) conference. This one is about acetaminophen poisoning by overdose and it was delivered by medical students, Justin Chau, 4th year medical student (going into internal medicine), and Savita Joglekar, 3rd year medical student, interested in a lot of things. […]

The Way of Implacability, And The Way Out


A gentle answer turns away wrath,     but a harsh word stirs up anger.–Proverbs 15:1 As a consulting psychiatrist in a large academic medical center, I’m faced with stressful, occasionally even dangerous, situations. It’s easy to slip into auto-pilot mode, eventually over years forgetting to even acknowledge these events. Recently, I became re-acquainted with a story that […]

Mass Non-Compliance with MOC; Who Wins and Who Loses?


Petition: A PLEDGE OF NON-COMPLIANCE WITH ABIM’S MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION (MOC)… A signal of frustration by docs— James Amos (@jamostheelder) July 16, 2014 The new petition at the link in the tweet above is a pledge by mainly internists to be non-compliant with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) new Maintenance of Certification […]