By Request, More Thoughts on the Psychiatrist Shortage

Vikram Kumar Rohra, a senior medical student who has own his blog site, Psihub, as for my comments on an article ( "Addressing the Escalating Psychiatrist Shortage" by Stacy Weiner, posted February 13, 2018, AAMC News) about the shrinking psychiatric work force. Part of the challenge is, as Vikram points out, is the graying out phenomenon. … Continue reading By Request, More Thoughts on the Psychiatrist Shortage

Keenan Laraway, MD on Mentorship

I got a nice surprise yesterday. Keenan Laraway, MD is one of the internal medicine residents with whom I've worked. He said some very nice things about me on the Short Coat Podcast on April 12, 2018. He's headed to the University of Pennsylvania for a fellowship in Nephrology. Keenan has rotated through the Psychiatry … Continue reading Keenan Laraway, MD on Mentorship

Remember

I decided not to renew my membership in the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (ACLP) this year. Today I received formal notice of membership cancellation, along with an exit survey which felt more like a personal letter promising to welcome me back if only I would change my mind. I remember first becoming a member at … Continue reading Remember

CPCP: ARFID and Anorexia Nervosa Treatment Outcomes Compared

Coming at you with another outstanding Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP). This one compares two eating disorders and their treatment outcomes: Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) and Anorexia Nervosa. A hard-working medical student put this together, Allison Kim. She's a senior who'll be going into Emergency Medicine. She's a great learner and a … Continue reading CPCP: ARFID and Anorexia Nervosa Treatment Outcomes Compared

World Delirium Awareness Day and QTc Prolongation Update

Today is World Delirium Awareness Day! And this is also National Patient Safety Awareness Week! Here's an issue relevant to both. As a psychiatric consultant in the general hospital, I get questions from colleagues about psychotropic drugs and cardiac conduction prolongation, often measured by the EKG parameter called the corrected QT interval or QTc. Relevant … Continue reading World Delirium Awareness Day and QTc Prolongation Update

A Day in the Life: A Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist

In the last couple of days while I've  been trying to update the broken links on my blog, I've been thinking about what my "typical day in the life" is like as a consultation-liaison (C-L) psychiatrist. I'm taking a break from the broken links to outline my typical day on the job. I can reflect … Continue reading A Day in the Life: A Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist

The Geezer’s Take On Teaching C-L Psychiatry in Iowa

Iowans got encouraging news recently about the new Psychiatry Residency programs launching in July 2018 at Mercy Medical Center and Broadlawns Medical Center, both located in Des Moines. I hope this will reduce the shortage of psychiatrists in Iowa. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics historically has been the only place where psychiatry residencies … Continue reading The Geezer’s Take On Teaching C-L Psychiatry in Iowa