At the “Meet and Greet” reception for residents and students attending the APM 2016 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, many liaison psychiatrists talked about what the C-L subspecialty had meant for them. The talks were moving and heartfelt. We asked a few of the speakers to summarize their remarks on camera.
Christine Pelic, MD, Ralph H Johnson VAMC, Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, describes every day as fascinating, interesting, and different, learning something new each day about medicine and psychiatry, and teaching both medical and psychiatric providers. (Nov 2016, 1:15 minutes)
James Strain, MD, FAPM Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York, discusses the excitement of solving very complex problems, saving lives, and learning new things constantly. (Nov 2016, 1:29 minutes)
Christopher Sola, DO, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, argues you can’t get bored and can’t stop thinking in C-L psychiatry, always at the “bleeding edge” of psychiatry. (Nov 2016, 1:01 minutes)
Margo Funk, MD, VA Southern Oregon Rehab Center and Clinics, Medford, Oregon, emphasizes the diversity of careers in C-L psychiatry, from inpatient to outpatient settings, across many specialties from perinatal health to psycho-oncology, as well as administrative and political roles, even changing one’s career path many times within your life. (Nov 2016, 0:56 minutes)
David Kasick, MD, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio, praises the chance to help people, grow as a physician and psychiatrist, and become a more versatile doctor in an ever-changing career, and says C-L psychiatry is fun every day. (Nov 2016, 0:42 minutes)
Mary Jo Fitz-Gerald, MD, FAPM, LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, Louisiana, notes we are the “Dr. House” of the hospital, except nicer, solving puzzles throughout the institution. (Nov 2016, 0:52 minutes)
Michael Rafferty, MD, VA North Texas Health Care System, Dallas, TX, loves the variety of C-L, loves backing up his medical and surgical colleagues, and loves that C-L psychiatrists can help suffering patients and improve their health status. (Nov 2016, 1:08 minutes)