Mindfulness In 2017

It's a little after 4:00 PM and I'm just catching my breath. I've been running all over the hospital trying to put out the usual psychiatric consultation fires. And I remember the message from Bev, the Director of our Mindfulness-Based Programs way last week. It was not the usual message we get about the mindfulness … Continue reading Mindfulness In 2017

A Plan For Turning The Tide Of The Opioid Epidemic

In keeping with the "Turn the Tide" approach to promote responsibility by doctors and patients alike regarding reducing the harms from the opioid epidemic, my former teacher, Dr. Bill Yates, wrote an excellent post on the subject recently: https://twitter.com/jamostheelder/status/775434824760733696   And a couple of days ago at our monthly Psychosomatic Medicine Interest Group (PMIG) meetings one … Continue reading A Plan For Turning The Tide Of The Opioid Epidemic

Bits and Pieces in the News

The privatization of Iowa Medicaid can go live April 1, 2016, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). According to a news report, a new Iowa legislator committee will be in charge of oversight of the managed care organizations. Oversight will be critically important moving forward, especially in light of the report … Continue reading Bits and Pieces in the News

Psychiatry Consult Service Has New Mascot, Dude!

Just when I thought the residents forgot all about mascots for the psychiatry consult service--we get a new mascot! It's becoming a tradition of sorts. I'm not sure why a turtle was chosen although age could have something to do with it--my age I mean. I'm only half kidding. I read the recent JAMA article … Continue reading Psychiatry Consult Service Has New Mascot, Dude!

New Year’s Eve Call to President Obama

So I saw Seinfeld's coffee with President Obama today and gave him a call...Obama, not Seinfeld. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgHAR2G7kQc Me: Yo, Barack, what's up; you can give 20 minutes to Jerry Seinfield but you can't answer my letter about the Maintenance of Certification (MOC)?         President Obama: Sorry Jim, didn't I answer that? I thought … Continue reading New Year’s Eve Call to President Obama

Announcing the Next Psychosomatic Medicine Interest Group Meeting!

Announcing the next UIHC Psychosomatic Medicine Interest Group (PMIG) on January 4, 2016 at noon in 2884 JPP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ozol5AYYg5c Anyway, we have a presenter and a very interesting case, which will be delivered by one of the residents. There will of course be lunch--if you're not late.     Speaking of being late, faculty and … Continue reading Announcing the Next Psychosomatic Medicine Interest Group Meeting!

Find a Penny in Your Pocket…

Remember that Canadian penny I lost which I mentioned in a previous post? Believe it or not, I found it yesterday in the pocket of a pair of pants I searched at least 3 times! I was flabbergasted. I thought I'd never find it and I was really disappointed because it was the penny my … Continue reading Find a Penny in Your Pocket…