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

Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrists Are Rare Birds

Sena alerted me to yet another on line article about the physician burnout crisis in America. The author focused on the usual contributors including the electronic medical record (EMR) and the difficulties with workflows that interfere with patient care and physician satisfaction. The article also mentioned the effect of burnout leading to worsening access to … Continue reading Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrists Are Rare Birds

National Patient Safety Awareness Week 2018

I saw Dr. George Dawson's post about Dr. Michael Weinstein's commentary entitled "Out of the Straitjacket" in the NEJM published on March 1, 2018. I agree that Dr. Weinstein's experience is compelling and he specifically mentions burnout, a key factor critically important in his depression. Physician burnout fits with National Patient Safety Awareness Week, March … Continue reading National Patient Safety Awareness Week 2018

Thoughts On The Psychiatric Shortage And Congratulations To Graduating Residents

As our Psychiatry Department prepares to graduate another crop of outstanding residents this week, I've noticed a fundamental disagreement about the psychiatrist shortage in America. I'm going to mention only one aspect of it because it's very complicated. Some psychiatrists believe that one of the biggest single problems contributing to the shortage are those who … Continue reading Thoughts On The Psychiatric Shortage And Congratulations To Graduating Residents

Can AMOS Help Keep MOL Out of Iowa?

Just a short announcement about a survey I received from a the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) of Greater Des Moines of Iowa. Apparently there is a new organization allied with NAMI called AMOS (A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy). I can't find out much more about it from my office computer because there's a … Continue reading Can AMOS Help Keep MOL Out of Iowa?

Remove Barriers to Recruitment of Psychiatrists

I was just sitting here thinking about how Iowa mental health services leaders could continue the constructive brainstorming about how to improve access to high-quality psychiatric treatment in Iowa. And recent articles in a leading Iowa newspaper which I used to deliver door-to-door when I was a boy serves to highlight the vigorous debate. I … Continue reading Remove Barriers to Recruitment of Psychiatrists

Begin With the End in Mind to End the Psychiatrist Shortage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4_ETXt4kBU One of Stephen Covey's principles is to "begin with the end in mind." The goal is to provide high quality mental health care to people. So we need to listen carefully to all the stakeholders including, first of all, our patients and their families. We should do that before we start talking about the … Continue reading Begin With the End in Mind to End the Psychiatrist Shortage