Can I Just Eat The Pizza?

Just about every day during the week is starting to feel like Saturday, although occasionally I still get pangs of guilt for not being at work. I used to focus on the psychiatric core competency pizza. Now I actually make the pizza and we just eat it. We sometimes talk about the “retirement home.” That … Continue reading Can I Just Eat The Pizza?

Bicycles For Boomers?

In phased retirement it can be challenging to find ways to get enough exercise. Until recently I used to run all over the hospital and climb a lot of stairs every day as a consulting psychiatrist. Sena and I are kicking around some ideas. Well, let's put it bluntly--Sena has some ideas and she's kicking me … Continue reading Bicycles For Boomers?

Walk It Off

Bureaucracy annoys me sometimes. I took a break from it and went for a walk today. Walking it off is always good for me. I’m a retiring Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist and it’s usual for me to get 2-3 miles every day on the smartphone app step counter along with around 20 floors because I hate waiting … Continue reading Walk It Off

The Clinician Educator Revisited

This is anything but a scholarly work, but my thoughts about the role of the clinician educator in academia need expression. The last time I wrote about this was about the time I started blogging, back in 2011. It was in the context, unfortunately, of a resident getting the impression that pursuing a clinician-educator role … Continue reading The Clinician Educator Revisited

Maxims And Birdhouses

For the past day or two I've been trying to remember who wrote an article with the word "maxims" in the title. I finally recalled "Simone's Maxims." The full title is "Understanding Academic Medical Centers: Simone's Maxims." I don't recall how or why I first found this paper about the academic medical organizational culture by … Continue reading Maxims And Birdhouses

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


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