Integrated Care: More Than One Way to Skin a Cat

I really enjoyed a recent post by Dr. Steve Balt, MD, about a major topic, psychologist prescribing. See the full post at link  http://thoughtbroadcast.com/2012/11/25/explain-to-me-again-why-psychologists-cant-prescribe-meds/ for the context of my following remarks, which I hope convey that integrated care models offer one solution to this issue and can be modified to fit various clinical situations. There's … Continue reading Integrated Care: More Than One Way to Skin a Cat

Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) May Be Superior to MMSE

One of my neuropsychologist colleagues alerted me to a new study which examined the sensitivity and specificity of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) compared to the Mini Mental State Exam (MMSE), the latter of which is copyrighted by Psychological Assessments Resource (PAR), Inc. a company which shut down the brief cognitive screening tool, the Sweet … Continue reading Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) May Be Superior to MMSE

Clinical Excellence in Psychiatry and Integrated Care: Can We Have Both?

I've been thinking about clinical excellence in psychiatry lately and comparing it to the "Skypeiatry" I've heard about at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM), held in Atlanta, Georgia this year. Although the main theme was Bioethics at the Interface of Medicine and Psychiatry, there were quite a few presentations … Continue reading Clinical Excellence in Psychiatry and Integrated Care: Can We Have Both?

Women in Psychiatry: Donna M. Norris, M.D.: Just a Lucky So-and-So?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAjyPrhftGo Dr. Donna M. Norris, MD calls herself a "just a lucky so-and-so" as the 1945 song originally by Duke Ellington goes. She overcame many obstacles mainly in the form of discrimination based on race and gender. She's the co-editor of the book "Women in Psychiatry: Personal Perspectives" (see link http://www.appi.org/SearchCenter/Pages/SearchDetail.aspx?ItemId=62408). The more you know about her, … Continue reading Women in Psychiatry: Donna M. Norris, M.D.: Just a Lucky So-and-So?

MOC Grandfathers Not Exempt?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1w0E2jkc4s&feature=g-all-u The video highlights what is increasingly beginning to concern me about maintenance of certification (MOC)--my age. As if I didn't have enough to complain about regarding the MOC and it's cousin, Maintenance of Licensure (MOL), now that I'm approaching decrepitude, I have to worry about staying sharp enough to pass cognitive exams. Before you start … Continue reading MOC Grandfathers Not Exempt?

Women in Psychiatry: Annelle B. Primm, M.D., M.P.H.

I saw the following item about a very influential African American, woman psychiatrist, Annelle  B. Primm, M.D., M.P.H., who is a deputy medical director of the American Psychiatric Association and director of APA’s Office of Minority and National Affairs: Psychiatric News Update/From the Experts Annelle B. Primm MD MPH  The article is an excerpt from … Continue reading Women in Psychiatry: Annelle B. Primm, M.D., M.P.H.

Delirium Highlights from APM 2012 Annual Meeting in Atlanta: Georgia on My Mind

I have a few highlights from the delirium update course at the 2012 Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM) annual meeting, which was in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Jose Maldonado. M.D., FAPM, FACFE of Stanford University presented and, as usual, he did not disappoint the audience, giving us the usual algorithms we all love, even if we … Continue reading Delirium Highlights from APM 2012 Annual Meeting in Atlanta: Georgia on My Mind