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

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 … Continue reading News Flash: Retiree Fooling Around With Painted Ladies

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: https://twitter.com/jamostheelder/status/863089485181059073 I read the JAMA viewpoint by Dr. Welcher and colleagues and I was trying to think of a response. Then I discovered the … Continue reading Maintenance of Certification: Point-Counterpoint

Open Letter to Iowa Lawmakers Supporting Legislation Opposing MOC

The Iowa Medical Society (IMS) will soon be voting on a new resolution to oppose Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and preserve the principle of lifelong learning. It will entail pursuing the help of Iowa lawmakers in the pursuit of legislation toward clarifying what MOC should not be used for. I support it and acknowledge my … Continue reading Open Letter to Iowa Lawmakers Supporting Legislation Opposing MOC

MOC Wars: May The Force Be With You

Today I have a little spare time for a post about (what else?) Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Yesterday was a little busy, judging from the pedometer. Remember that Psychiatric Times article on MOC I posted about on March 11? The PT editorial staff are calling it "MOC Wars," even though there are only a couple … Continue reading MOC Wars: May The Force Be With You

Maintenance of Certification: A Reply by Dr. James Amos, MD

I’ve just received the latest print issue of Psychiatric Times, in which I was surprised to find an article supporting the controversial Maintenance of Certification (MOC). It was written by Dr. Robert Boland, MD, who is the current President of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM) and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and … Continue reading Maintenance of Certification: A Reply by Dr. James Amos, MD

Winston the Mascot and Other News

I've been pretty busy in the last few weeks, but even for a smokejumper, things settle down temporarily. Just a few items in between fires. Looks like the name for the new Psychiatry Consult Service mascot is Winston. I just got back from a walk with Winston. Folks down at the gift shop are used … Continue reading Winston the Mascot and Other News