Thomas W . Heinrich

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OBJECTIVE Ethics training has become a core component of medical student and resident education. Curricula have been developed without the benefit of data regarding the views of physicians-in-training on the need for ethics instruction that focuses on practical issues and professional development topics. METHODS A written survey was sent to all medical(More)
BACKGROUND There is broad ethical and professional consensus that preventing a patient from initiating or successfully completing a suicide attempt is a core physician obligation and justifies the use of aggressive interventions such as emergency detention and mechanical ventilation. This case examines the acute medical care of an individual with a(More)
Patients with functional GI disorders (FGIDs) are commonplace in the gastroenterologist's practice. A number of these patients may be refractory to peripherally acting agents, yet respond to central neuromodulators. There are benefits and potential adverse effects to using TCAs, SSRIs, SNRIs, atypical antipsychotics, and miscellaneous central(More)
The identification and treatment of psychiatric comorbidity in patients undergoing solid organ transplantation present a unique opportunity for psychiatric involvement in the care of medically complex patients. The burden of psychiatric illness in patients awaiting transplant and following transplant is significant and associated with potential morbidity(More)
Somatization, the physical expression of psychological distress, is a prevalent and important problem. It is seen in a wide variety of clinical settings and represents a significant evaluation and management dilemma. The burden to the patient--coupled with the consequential economic and social costs--can be substantial. As a result, the identification and(More)
BACKGROUND The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) mandates that residents in psychiatry training programs learn to provide psychiatric consultation to other medical and surgical services. The ACGME, however, offers little information to instruct academic faculty and institutions to what constitutes a quality educational experience(More)
As the population of the United States ages, the rates of dementia are also likely to increase. Clinicians will, therefore, likely be asked to evaluate and treat an escalating number of patients experiencing a decline in multiple domains of cognitive function, which is the hallmark of neurocognitive disorders. It is also probable that clinicians will be(More)