A Path for Psychiatry

broad visionA couple of bloggers have inspired me lately. I’ve showcased what I think are influential pieces on my home page. They write movingly about their own visions for psychiatry. I got to thinking how nice it would be for readers to see more of this. After all, there’s a lot of leaders out there who are on their own singular paths professionally–paths worth sharing. Leaders “know the way, go the way, and show the way.”a path in

It’s nice to have a blogroll with links to writers I admire and respect. It would be nicer still for them to allow me to give them center stage if they have the time and inclination. So far I’ve been pretty lucky to host a couple of them:

Real Psychiatry: Suggested Changes to Psychiatric Residency Programs

Psych Practice: Lifelong Learning-A New Frontier

a path outIt’s not like the only path home is to the past. I don’t think that’s what they mean. A path home could be the future, not just for psychiatry but for what’s most important in health care generally–our patients. I think these leaders build bridges between the past and future.a bridge to cross

shelterLeaders like these know when and where to find shelter and when it’s time to get up and go.no time for sitting They’re not so much navigators as scouts.wilderness to explore

old treeAnd they find something of value in both the old and the new.new flowers

Picture Credits: The Geezer and his wife meandering through one of the Sugar Bottom Campground’s peaceful and beautiful walking trails in Coralville, Iowa.



  1. Jim, Many thanks for linking to my posts on the state of psychiatry and the path ahead. I think that the most important aspects about blogging when you are a psychiatrist is getting the truth out there about what we actually do and building a consensus among reasonable people in the field. I do not think that any of our professional organizations reflect that consensus and there is no clearer example than maintenance of certification. I was in the MOC Caucus in Hawaii a few years ago and it was very clear that the people in that room were against it. It was two years later when I finally learned that a vote on the matter was basically irrelevant because the ABMS had declared that it would be done in the same manner by all specialty boards. The politics of being in a professional organization that seems to be run like corporations and that seems to be aligned with organizations and the government rather than dues paying members is interesting at some point. On the other hand, the enthusiasm, expertise, and professionalism of the majority of our colleagues is lost in the shuffle. Noteworthy bloggers in the past have often built a reputation on criticizing the average psychiatrist, psychiatry in general, and the pharmaceutical industry as if they were all the same entity.

    I hope that blogs like yours, mine, and several others can start to set the record straight and get us the leverage we need to determine our own destiny as a profession.


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