“It’s Penny-Wise, Pound-Foolish to Ignore Behavioral Health Problems”

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Mark focuses on the health care environment for new C-L psychiatrists in this video interview with an APM stalwart

“It’s Penny-Wise, Pound-Foolish to Ignore Behavioral Health Problems”

Early-career C-L psychiatrists have been interviewing leading APM members for APM News and finding out how they developed their careers.

In this second interview, Mark Oldham, MD, meets 2017 APM Hackett award winner Greg Fricchione, MD, FAPM, just after he delivered his Hackett acceptance speech at conference.

Here, in this four-minute extract, Dr. Fricchione talks about the challenge of behavioral health care versus health care economics and agrees with an expert on the subject: “If you choose to ignore behavioral health problems, the cost to you of caring for the non-behavioral health illnesses will be astronomical,” he says. “It’s penny-wise, pound-foolish to ignore behavioral health problems.”

When you get a chance, take time to watch the full 20-minute video which covers subjects including mentorship, physician burn-out versus ‘secure attachment’, how to build a successful career and opportunities within the Academy.

Dr. Oldham recently followed his mentor Ben Lee, MD, FAPM, from Yale to the University of Rochester Medical Center to pursue research at the interface of delirium and circadian rhythms and to explore proactive models of psychiatric consultation in the general hospital.

Having completed Yale’s psychosomatic medicine fellowship in 2013 and subsequently joining the Yale Psychological Medicine Section as faculty, Dr. Oldham is in his fourth year as an attending consult psychiatrist.

While at Yale, he worked principally as an attending on the Behavioral Intervention Team—a proactive, multidisciplinary consult service—and was its medical director for more than a year prior to his move to Rochester.

He has also served as a consultant in primary care and as an embedded psychiatrist in Yale’s HIV clinic, the Nathan Smith Clinic.

The first video interview in this APM News series is here.

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