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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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, the […]

MOC Grandfathers Not Exempt?

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 sighing […]