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International Childhood Cancer Day 2018: A Message From Luisella Magnani

I received a message from Professor Luisella Magnani yesterday about her contribution (CANCER DAY ) to International Childhood Cancer Day, which is today. I was reminded of what I see occasionally on Code Greens in the hospital–children suffering from delirium, which is sometimes a complication of childhood cancer. Code Green events in our general hospital are […]

Remembrance

A couple of days ago I saw a short article online which led to my finding out about something else. That happens when I’m surfing the web. The title of the article was “Can You Guess What These Antique Objects Were Used For?” I hesitated because I don’t like to think I’m old enough that […]

“If You Don’t Stand for Something…”

Did you see the latest episode of X-Files season 11 on Wednesday this week? Were you puzzled about the quote that Fox Mulder attributed to Malcolm X? Two reviewers of the episode seemed to accept it at face value. The quote “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything” probably didn’t originate with […]

Gratitude

This is a just a short post about my gratitude. It is prompted by a couple of messages I received last week. One of them was from Dr. Luisella Magnani, letting me know about the International Guide “Are you worried about your child?” She was one of the participants who put the guide together. It’s […]

Life After Residency

The residents have been holding panel discussions on a variety of issues. An upcoming meeting will focus on life after residency. The panels are composed of visitors invited to provide interesting and helpful perspectives. I have high esteem for the trainees as well as faith in their creativity, practicality, and tenacity. They’re also tech-savvy. They […]

Thoughts for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

I’m sitting here still getting used to phased retirement. It’s a bit awkward, especially now that the Martin Luther King Jr Day is coming up here at The University of Iowa on Monday, January 15, 2018. That’s because part of the theme, which comes from a MLK quote is “Where do we go from here?” […]

Perspective

Here’s my first post for the new year and it’s about perspective. I got the idea while griping about the cold weather we’ve had for the past few days. I had to enlist the aid of two of our Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry mascots to keep an eye on the office thermostat. The thermostat controls the temperature […]

Happy Holidays from the Retiring Geezer

I noticed a JAMA Network title today, “Is It Time to Retire?” I say title because I couldn’t access the piece itself, probably because I’m not registered with JAMA Network. However, the title fits with my current situation because I’m in phased retirement. I found a podcast based on the article, which was published in […]

More About The EEG and Delirium

I recently missed a golden opportunity last week to see a  surgery department grand rounds presentation on the simplified EEG procedure to screen for delirium, presented by colleagues Dr. Gen Shinozaki and Dr. John Cromwell. It was scheduled at 7:15 a.m., a bit early for me. They’re moving the field of delirium detection forward in […]

Geezer Comments on Single Payer Systems

I’m well into my first year of phased retirement and time moves quickly the older I get, which has made me look at the debate about a single-payer system with increasing interest. There are a couple of options including Sen. Bernie Sander’s Medicare for All Act (S. 1804) and the Physicians for a National Health […]

Simply Move Your Refrigerator

I read an excellent post by my colleague Dr. George Dawson, MD, DFAPA, “How Will Electronic Pill Monitoring Be Accepted In A Post-Orwellian Society?” I think one of the subtexts is how complicated the process actually is on assessing medication non-adherence in patients. On the opposite end is over-complicating medical and psychiatric assessment and treatment. […]

Odds And Ends Today

Odds and ends today. There is a new message from Bev about the Mindfulness programs at Iowa and it begins with a nice quote: It only takes a reminder to breathe, a moment to be still, and just like that, something in me settles, softens, makes space for imperfection. The harsh voice of judgment drops […]

Consult Monk?

I saw this interesting article about college students giving up their digital devices for a month to live like ascetic monks  in a course called Living Deliberately: Monks, Saints, and the Contemplative Life.”. They give up access to their smartphones, refrain from speaking (except in emergencies) and engage in kindness projects. It reminds me of […]

CPCP: Neurology and Psychiatry: Divided or United?

I’m particularly proud of today’s Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP), “Neurology and Psychiatry: Divided Or United?” Partly that’s because one of the trainees who worked on it is a Neurology resident, Dr. Abdel Wahed, and I always enjoy their participation on the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry service. That said, the medical student, Nicoll, and the Family […]

Happy Halloween From A C-L Psychiatrist

Halloween is upon us and if I don’t get this post out now, it won’t get done. As usual, it has been pretty busy on the Consultation-Liaison (C-L) Psychiatry service. I don’t think it has anything to do with the Halloween season–but it is a bit scary. It’s also time for the annual C-L Psychiatry […]

Meditation Not A Fix, Maybe Because You’re Not Broken: A Letter From Bev and Kerri

As I was struggling to finish my work in my office, one of my residents stopped by and noticed. I felt harried and I’m pretty sure I looked it. She mentioned she’d heard that I practice mindfulness meditation. I remarked that it comes in handy on days like I was having. Anyway, that’s just to […]

Hats On For Children’s Palliative Care And More: Guest Post by Luisella Magnani

This is a guest post from Luisella Magnani. It’s been a while since I’ve heard from Luisella. I offer my condolences on her most recent loss and affirm her message supporting the palliative care organizations such as those celebrating Word Hospice and Palliative Care Day on October 14, 2017, urging “Don’t leave those suffering behind.” […]

Firemen, Foot Soldiers, And Fixers

The blog has been pretty quiet lately. One reason is that the psychiatry consult service has been pretty busy. I also am in phased retirement and away from the hospital more often. However, I do have a new office, which I plan to keep as neat as possible for the next occupant, whoever that might […]

News Flash: Retiree Fooling Around With Painted Ladies

As many of you know, I’m adjusting to phased retirement. It’s reminding me of Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Signature Program I took about nine years ago. It was a time when I was negotiating a major change in life. It was focused on work.  I now have a new perspective […]

CPCP: Improving Psychiatry Consultation Questions

Today we had an outstanding Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) presentation by several trainees, including residents and medical students. This is the first one about improving the two way street of communication between the psychiatry consultation service and consultees and I don’t know why it took us so long to get to it. The […]

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GRECC Videos

Spectacular Video from the GRECC: Agitation in the Hospitalized Older Patient

This is another one of those high-quality videos I posted about earlier, Spectacular Educational Videos by Department of Veterans Affairs « The Practical Psychosomaticist: James Amos, M.D. and which Dr. Nina Tumosa, PhD gave permission to post. This is Agitated Behaviors in Older Hospitalized Patients, an educational video from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Geriatric Research […]

A Spectacular Video from the GRECC: Agitation in the Older Nursing Home Resident

This is another one of those high-quality videos I posted about earlier, Spectacular Educational Videos by Department of Veterans Affairs « The Practical Psychosomaticist: James Amos, M.D. and which Dr. Nina Tumosa, PhD gave permission to post. This is Agitated Behaviors in Older Nursing Home Residents, an educational video from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Geriatric […]

Spectacular Video from the GRECC: Delirium, Quiet and Excited

Coming at you with another one of those pristine videos from the VA GRECC, and this one is about hypoactive and hyperactive delirium. This is an incredibly well-crafted educational resource and I thank Dr. Nina Tumosa, PhD for giving permission to post it. This is Delirium: Quiet and Excited, an educational video from the Department […]

Spectacular Video from the GRECC: Dementia with Agitation

This is one of those high-quality videos I posted about earlier, Spectacular Educational Videos by Department of Veterans Affairs « The Practical Psychosomaticist: James Amos, M.D. and which Dr. Nina Tumosa, PhD gave permission to post. This is Dementia with Agitation, an educational video from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers […]

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Jim Amos

Dr. James J. Amos is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the UI Carver College of Medicine at The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Amos received a B. S. degree in Distributed Studies (Zoology, Chemistry, and Microbiology) in 1985 from Iowa State University and an M.D. from The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa in 1992. He completed his psychiatry residency, including a year as Chief Resident, in 1996 at the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Iowa. He has co-edited a practical book about consultation psychiatry with Dr. Robert G. Robinson entitled Psychosomatic Medicine: An Introduction to Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. As a clinician educator, among Dr. Amos’s most treasured achievements is the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.

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