The Psychiatrist and the Slot Machine
May 24, 2013
Are there differences in the neuroimaging of persons who just gamble and those who pathologically gamble? This question and more in this Q&A.
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
May 10, 2013
Psychiatrists who are concerned with the perils of misdiagnosing a psychiatric presentation as primary mental illness will find Susannah Cahalan’s Brain on Fire of great interest.
CALLING ALL RESIDENTS!
Psychiatric Times has contacted many of the nation’s leading psychiatrists to answer the following question: “What is the best advice you would give to a psychiatry resident?” In the series, you will find advice from psychiatrists who span the gamut of experience: clinicians to researchers to administrators, psychotherapists to psychopharmacologists, outpatient to inpatient, child to adult. It is our hope that you will find the advice practical as well as inspiring. Please check back each month to read from another Master Psychiatrist.
The most recent contributor is Dr Sharon Packer, author of several books and a psychiatrist in private practice.
Howard Forman, MD
Fellow in the Division of Psychiatry and the Law
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Dr Forman is a regular contributor to the Psychiatric Times Residents Blog at www.psychiatrictimes.com/blog/residents-corner. He is the Book Review Editor for Psychiatric Times.
6 Ways for Psychiatry Residents to Find Their Niche
Sharon Packer, MD
, April 9, 2013
Carve out a career in the area of psychiatry that interests you. If you’re drawn to specialized topics, such as atypical bipolar disorder, club drugs, glutamate transporters, or genetic links to autism, then pursue those avenues. Here, advice to psychiatry residents.
Tomorrow’s Psychiatrists, Tomorrow’s Leaders
Darrell G. Kirch, MD
, October 17, 2012
The President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges outlines the reasons psychiatrists are well positioned to lead in this emerging culture of medicine.
Psychiatry Residents: Best of Luck!
Harold S. Koplewicz, MD
, August 3, 2012
In this Masters Series contribution to the Resident's Corner, the author writes that he made a deliberate choice to give up pediatrics for psychiatry. When he was a psychiatry resident, his mentor told him, “You should pick a field on the frontier.” Now he offers his insight for early career psychiatrists.
US Physicians and Burnout: Optimistic Psychiatrists Take Heart?
April 26, 2013
If you are a psychiatrist who tends to look on the bright side, you may find the results of a new physician survey to be relatively good. Psychiatrists report the lowest level of professional burnout and the lowest level of burnout severity across various specialties. But just how good is relatively good?
Grand Rounds Video: Neural Plasticity and Addiction
February 21, 2013
Although many symptoms of psychiatric disorders are likely due to maladaptive plasticity in mesolimbic dopamine reward pathways, there is still a shortage of data on the specific nature of this plasticity and the role it may play in influencing cognition and behavior. More in this video.
Grand Rounds: Neural Mechanisms of Mindfulness Training
February 4, 2013
Mindfulness training is a viable treatment tool that rivals psychopharmaceutical agents for the treatment of addictions, anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric disorders. In this video, Dr Judson Brewer describes the value of MT in psychiatry.
Balancing Your Professional and Personal Life (Part 1)
November 29, 2012
Career fulfillment, free time, maximum revenue—a perfect combination for every clinician—but seldom realized. Here, an expert on professional “burnout,” Dr Joseph Weiner discusses strategies that can enhance career satisfaction.
Brief Screening Tools Can Improve Patient Care
November 28, 2012
Medical colleagues routinely monitor patients with sphygmomanometers, peak flow meters, and glucometers. Similarly, psychiatrists can and should incorporate the use of screening tools to help with diagnosis and treatment management.
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MINE YOUR MIND QUIZ
Mini-Quiz: Electroconvulsive Therapy
April 10, 2013
Periprocedural advancements, including liberalization of concomitant and pre-treatment medications, add to the comfort and tolerability of ECT, but adverse effects do exist. More in this quiz.
Mini-quiz: Major Depressive Disorder
February 25, 2013
Major depression is a common chronic illness within the general US population. What is the approximate prevalence for MDD in the US population?
FROM PHYSICIANS PRACTICE
Five Steps to Improving Patient Access Judy Capko,
May 21, 2013
Patient access is getting increased attention through reform initiatives. Here are five steps you can take to make sure patients get appropriate access to care in your office.