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Sidney Weissman, MD

Sidney Weissman, MD

Dr Weissman is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago.

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If history serves as a guide, psychologists are likely to obtain prescriptive authority in significant portions of the country within the next 10 years.

The ABIM is not sure whether the MOC program accomplishes a critical goal of ensuring maintenance of physician competency and has suspended the Practice Assessment, Patient Voice and Patient Safety requirements of MOC for at least 2 years.

The first half of the 20th century saw 2 world wars, indiscriminate aerial bombing of civilians, the dropping of the atomic bomb, and the Holocaust—all of which created intense trauma for soldiers and civilians.Yet it was not until the American intervention in a post-colonial civil war in Southeast Asia that the psychiatric community in the 1970s formally described what we now call PTSD.

Who speaks for doctors these days? The answer was simple 100 years ago. The AMA spoke for the nation’s physicians and concurrently spoke to the nation’s desire for quality healthcare. . . .Today, fewer than 20% of physicians are AMA members.

"I believe my patient would benefit from antidepressant therapy. What recommendations can you offer about selecting an initial agent—and about amending the regimen if the response is suboptimal?" In this blog, Dr Sidney Weissman offers guidance.

In medical school, many of us were taught that ADD and ADHD generally affected boys who would eventually outgrow the disorder. We now know better. Girls have ADD/ADHD. And many children never outgrow the disorder.

If psychiatry reduces or abandons its engagement with psychology and social science in understanding and treating mental disorders and focuses predominantly on the biological factors of mental disorders, what will our role as psychiatrists be?

Two perspectives regarding the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s (ABPN) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.

Dr Weissman discusses psychiatric residency recruitment by looking at the forces that affect a student’s selection of a psychiatric career rather than at what the influences have been during the past 5 years.

America, it seems, is shy about 45,000 psychiatrists. That’s the premise of a controversial article entitled “45,000 More Psychiatrists Anyone?” by Dr Dan Carlat, that was published in the August 2010 issue of Psychiatric Times….and it’s that article that Dr Sidney Weissman has chosen as his Top Paper of the Year.


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