The Annals of Internal Medicine published an editorial from a medical educator admitting and highlighting the fact that there are objectionable people in medicine, and showing how the hierarchical nature of medicine leads otherwise well-meaning students to play along with racism, sexism, and harassment. One can argue that no-one should ever play along, but in order to not be taken off guard by those who have control over your life, you must have a plan for bad behavior. Corbin Weaver and newbies Tony Rosenberg, Nicole Westergaard, and Emily White toss around some ideas.
John Pienta, Aline Sandouk, and Kaci McCleary (Ethan Forsgren joined in later) debate the merits of Iowa’s recently defeated measure that would have allowed PhD psychologists to prescribe psych meds. Would they be able to deal with co-morbidities? Would an education course be enough to cope with the complexities of psychiatric medications? Do psych meds function at a level so fundamental to the operation of the human brain that allowing people without a certain basic level of psychiatric education would be too dangerous, or are prescribing algorithms enough? Continue reading Welcome to Cheese Island