Public Option for Health Insurance or Change to Single Payer?

My wife showed me an article about something called a “Public Option” for health insurance. I recalled reading something about that on the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) QnA web page. This just makes me even more interested in seeing a serious mainstream debate about single payer systems across all major TV news […]

CPCP: Clozapine and Boot Camp for Clinicians on Delirium?

Today’s CPCP is really about clozapine side effects but this could easily have been about delirium as well. Clozapine is a very anticholinergic drug and has a lot of other side effects other than severe neutropenia. Medical students Melissa Bacci and Irtaza “Taz” Khalid did a great job on this one. In order to see […]

Maintenance of Certification: Point-Counterpoint

By now, many doctors have seen the JAMA viewpoint article in support of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) but you might have missed the rejoinder on MedPage Today. See my tweet below: Alternative Pathways to Board Recertification https://t.co/Vt6rnTf7TS Point and Counterpoint https://t.co/h8f9Shlaq3 — James Amos (@jamostheelder) May 12, 2017 I read the JAMA viewpoint by Dr. […]

CPCP: Drug Induced QT Prolongation by Top-Flight Medical Student

We got an outstanding Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) today, on drug-induced QT prolongation by medical student Lisa Wehr. Lisa is interested in pursuing a combined residency in internal medicine and psychiatry. Hmmm…Iowa has one of those. This got kicked off when I noticed a Letter to the Editor of Psychosomatics, co-authored by Dr. […]

The Bumpy Road to Changing Our Name

I saw a letter to the Editor in the March-April 2017 issue of Psychosomatics from a senior resident looking forward to entering a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine but lamenting the choice of name for the specialty [1]. Dr. Montalvo ends her letter saying, A strong foundation has been created on the word “Psychosomatics”; however, this […]