Early Career Psychiatry

10 Meditations on Succeeding-and Flourishing

July 26, 2018

If we fail to cultivate and exercise virtues such as wisdom, curiosity, intellect, aesthetic sensitivity, compassion, empathy, and generosity, we fail to exemplify human flourishing.

Erikson Stages of Psychiatry Residency

September 12, 2017

A lighthearted exploration of Erikson’s stages through residency training.

Gender Inequality in Medicine: Too Much Evidence to Ignore

May 03, 2017

In psychiatry, as in every field of medicine, there is still gender disparity in salary and promotion.

The Freedom in Accepting Our Limits

April 10, 2017

A psychiatrist realizes he is completely powerless against his patient's opiate addiction.

An Expectation to Heal

March 23, 2017

In a tale of two cases, the author comes to realize he is but one agent of change in the lives of his patients.

Healthy Beginnings for a New Psychiatrist

March 06, 2014

During the first year of her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship, this psychiatrist received an invaluable lesson regarding the importance of “treating the whole patient” in this case, a 16-year-old patient who is pregnant.

Life as a Demon in Exile: What Marc Maron Taught Me About Addiction

September 30, 2013

If you could talk to a clinician-in-training about how they can better help people suffering from addiction, what would you say? A Q&A between Arjune Rama, MD, and comic Marc Maron.

How Clean Underwear Saved a Life

September 05, 2013

What if someone with “prescriptive privileges” looked at superficial symptoms only, and ordered antipsychotics without considering the bigger picture?

The Paradox of Choice: When More Medications Mean Less Treatment

May 15, 2013

Two problems persist in the treatment of severe mental illness that constitute a barrier to effective patient-centered care: excessive reliance on a limited number of antipsychotic medications at the expense of other effective treatments, and the underutilization of other evidence-based treatment options.

Letter to a Young Psychiatrist

June 29, 2012

Psychiatry is a profession that deeply needs honest workers who are willing to seek a knowing ignorance, to be dissatisfied, and to refuse to conform-doing so in the interest of the truth and of the profession, seeing both as inseparable.

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