Countering The Groundhog Effect

We’ve got a groundhog waking up and bulldozing our back yard, even though snow is forecast today. It’s pretty good at just putting its head down and pushing through almost anything in its path including leaves, sticks, small rocks, flowers, and so on. The groundhog's single-minded digging has helped uncover bones and pottery of old … Continue reading Countering The Groundhog Effect

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

A Plug for Healthy Living On A Healthy Budget

I got this interesting brochure in the mail a few days ago from Mayo Clinic, “Healthy Living Program for Physicians: An immersive experience that will benefit you and your patients.” There are several sessions a year at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center in Rochester, Minnesota. I am not minimizing the importance of the center … Continue reading A Plug for Healthy Living On A Healthy Budget

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

A Short History: Interview With The Geezer

As the 100th year anniversary of the University of Iowa Department of Psychiatry approaches in 2019, I find myself wondering how my personal history intersects with it since I'll be retired in 2020 after being on faculty for about 22 years and associated with the College of Medicine and the Psychiatry Residency for 30 years. … Continue reading A Short History: Interview With The Geezer