May The Mulch Be With You

A few little items today. Well, I see from the pile of mulch bags in the garage that my weekend is pretty much taken care of.


May the mulch be with you.


And just a quick look at the name change poll to make sure there are no big surprises:

Nope, no surprises.

The Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM) newsletter carried a front page article with special mention by President Steve Epstein, MD, FAPM:

We are in the process of evaluating a potential name change for our field. We know that two-thirds of you support a name change. Earlier this summer, we emailed the results of our survey regarding a potential name change. A majority (68%) of the 67.5% of members who responded to our survey agreed that the Academy should explore a name change for the field. Our new poll asked what name you currently use to describe your activities/service and what name you would prefer for the field. After we receive your responses, APM will present your preferred names to critical stakeholders and accrediting bodies whose support is essential in the process of changing our name, including the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), and the Psychiatry Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). As we noted in our email, it is important for members to understand that some names, no matter how desirable to us, may be unacceptable from a regulatory board standpoint; as a result, pursuing such names would be fruitless for us. A special thank you to Dave Gitlin, MD, FAPM, and his team for leadership with this process.

Lots of things are unacceptable from a regulatory board standpoint.

The Annual Meeting in November this year is in Austin, Texas, the live music capital of the world. Hotel rooms are all snatched up at JW Marriott so you’ll have to stay at the Bates Motel. Norman will leave the light on for you. I’m on duty on the consult service and will be unable to attend this year.

Also in Austin, Texas coming up on September 26, 2016 is the Austin Historic Landmark Commission monthy meeting at which there may be a final decision on what will happen to the house of my former teacher, Dr. Jenny Lind Porter, which she called Casa Magni (Italian for “great house”). The commission will either release the demolition order or the Old Enfield Homeowners Association will pull off a miracle and somebody will restore Casa Magni to its former glory. The meeting will be broadcast live on September 26 starting at 7 PM and could go all night, judging from the last one I watched.

As for seggiolina (“little chair”), my word in honor of Dr. Porter’s Casa Magni, it’s on the desk in the group picture below of our most recent trainees on the psychiatry consult service–hard working group. That’s a fireman’s helmet I’m wearing. That’s what a one-man hit-and-run psychiatry consult service is–a fire brigade. Our mascots are just another reminder to be humble, like seggiolina.



Use good body mechanics when lifting your mulch bags.




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  2. Jim,
    That’s a lot of mulch. I hope that you have some kind of mechanized vehicle to carry it around.



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