CPCP: Transplant Psychosocial Assessment and the SIPAT

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We had  a special Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) recently, in which the residents presented a paper by Dr. Jose Maldonado about his new psychosocial assessment tool, the Stanford Integrated Psychosocial Assessment for Transplantation (SIPAT; also see research link at The “Stanford Integrated Psychosocial Assessment for Transplant” (SIPAT) – Full Text View – ClinicalTrials.gov) [1]. […]

Gunslingers and Chessmasters

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“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat”—Sun Tzu. In 2003 the American Board of Medical Specialties approved the subspecialty status of Psychiatry now known as Psychosomatic Medicine. Long before that, the field was known as Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. In 2005, the first certification examination was offered […]

“We Need a Journal of Practical Psychiatry”, He said…

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The other day one of my residents remarked that “We need a Journal of Practical Psychiatry,” or something like that in order to more effectively guide psychiatrists in the every day clinical world in which we practice, specifically consultation psychiatry. He doesn’t have anything against theory or research psychiatry. I tend to agree with him. […]

Might As Well Face It, You’re Addicted to Psychiatry

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I fell asleep in front of an episode of public TV’s Nova the other night and had this nightmare about wormholes and time travel. I thought I woke up at the hospital, but everything looked different. On my way to my office I kept seeing directional signs to what was apparently a continuing medical education […]

The Postman Brings Me Another Jewel

Every once in while, I get something practical and interesting in my mailbox. I posted about what the mailman brought me on November 15, 2011, (Bumpy the Bipolar Bear), shortlink http://wp.me/p1glcu-1rc . The postman brought me another jewel. I received the Fall 2011 marketing newsletter called the Chair’s Report from the Department of Psychiatry at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in […]