The Science and Politics of PTSDFebruary 14th 2012
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.
Are We Training Psychiatrists to Provide Only Medication Management?June 28th 2011
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?
Top Paper: 45,000 More Psychiatrists, Anyone?January 29th 2011
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.
Are We Training Physicians to Be Shift Workers?December 1st 2010
During residency training, young doctors learn the requisite skills, knowledge, and values essential to the practice of medicine. We will all agree that to learn, the resident must have the desire and drive to master the essential knowledge and skills of his or her specialty.
Integrity in CME: Understanding the Problem of BiasJuly 24th 2010
The varied proponents of models for the regulation of CME programs for physicians would all agree that the primary charge of these programs is to provide physicians with scientifically unbiased information on issues or knowledge that affects medical practice.
Why HMOs, the Federal Government and Hospitals Prefer a Surplus of PhysiciansMay 1st 1998
Despite expressed concerns by government agencies about the surplus of graduate physicians and residents, the net effect of the surplus is to restrain the growth of medical costs. For these reasons, until it can be proven that a physician surplus has negatively impacted patient care or until U.S. medical graduates cannot obtain medical positions, I do not anticipate a reduction of house staff positions.
Psychiatrists: Shortage or Surplus?October 1st 1997
A number of parameters determine how many psychiatrists our nation needs. First is the incidence and prevalence of mental disorders. Second is the kind of clinical care individuals with mental disorders will need, and who will provide that care. Individuals with mental disorders require a thorough diagnostic assessment. Does this need to be provided by a psychiatrist? Obviously, some individuals will need medications as an aspect of their care. These medications must be prescribed by a physician. Does that physician need to be a psychiatrist? Some individuals with mental disorders will need psychotherapy. Does the psychotherapy need to be provided by a psychiatrist?