The Psychiatric ER Survival Guide: Update February 28, 2018

I just rediscovered the pdf of The Psychiatric ER Survival Guide by Dr. James Knoll IV, MD. There was a link to this very fine educational document designed for residents in the February 16, 2011 issue of Psychiatric Times, at the end of an article with the same title by Dr. Knoll. Since you have to log in to Psychiatric Times, I assumed the guide was not open access and you’d have to register with Psychiatric Times to get access. But registration is free. However, I had to register again, presumably because of a major update to the site. The page to Dr. Knoll’s article no longer exists. You get a “Page not found” error message.

I found another link here.


Author: 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.

2 thoughts on “The Psychiatric ER Survival Guide: Update February 28, 2018”

  1. I taught directed a mental health crisis team and also taught parenting courses to parents of challenged children/ I made sure the parents my teams worked with knew what the DSM said about their child’s struggles. Most found themselves in agreement with the assessment, once they knew the criteria and those that didn’t were helped to get a second opinion armed with why they thought the diagnosis didn’t fit. My goal was to make educated consumers of parents.

    . Reminds me I need to work harder to get my training material up and out on the web. Thank you for this post.


    1. Hi Katherine!

      Your welcome reminder is timely about the critical importance of context (and both the strength and limitations of the DSM) in addressing the complexity of crises in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I really appreciate your focus on the family and team-building by mental health care providers as well.

      Keep us posted!

      Jim Amos, MD


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