News Flash: Retiree Fooling Around With Painted Ladies

As many of you know, I’m adjusting to phased retirement. It’s reminding me of Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Signature Program I took about nine years ago. It was a time when I was negotiating a major change in life. It was focused on work.  I now have a new perspective […]

CPCP: Improving Psychiatry Consultation Questions

Today we had an outstanding Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) presentation by several trainees, including residents and medical students. This is the first one about improving the two way street of communication between the psychiatry consultation service and consultees and I don’t know why it took us so long to get to it. The […]

Changing The Three Legged Stool

Last week I got great news from the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Kolin Good, MD at Reading Hospital in Reading, Pennsylvania. They just opened their own medical-psychiatry unit after 5 years of hard work and consultations with The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. My role was to acquaint the Reading leadership […]

The C-L Psychiatry Service: Don’t Let It Burn Up

I just read an article about volunteer firefighters with which I identify. Being a one-man hit-and-run psychiatric consultant in the general hospital is similar to being an aging volunteer firefighter. The analogy is not perfect. That means the title of the article doesn’t fit exactly, “Fighting Fires For Free, Aging Volunteers Struggle To Recruit The […]

New Model of Consultation Psychiatry

Being on the road to retirement sometimes makes me wonder about ways to improve how our psychiatry consult service works before I go. But then I just think, “Heck, it’s already perfect,” and have another doughnut. Seriously, I think the one-man, reactive, hit-and-run consult routine probably ought to make room for a newer model. That […]