Specialties - Southern Medical Association

SMJ Article | Original Article

Loss of Meaning at Work Associated with Burnout Risk in Academic Medicine

Objectives: Meaning at work has been proposed as one of the key drivers of professional burnout in healthcare, but few studies have simultaneously measured this relation. Methods: In this cross-sectional analysis of 1637 individuals at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, burnout was measured using the Copenhagen Burnout Inventory...

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SMJ Article | Letter to the Editor

Promoting Wellness and Resiliency: Faculty Development Professionals Respond to a Mass Shooting

To the Editor: Healthcare professionals face a unique set of stressors.1 A systems approach is needed to address stress and promote wellness among faculty.1 To foster a culture of resilience and wellness in their institution, faculty need to be equipped with practical skills.2

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SMJ Article | Letter to the Editor

Psychiatric Morbidities among COVID-19 Survivors

To the Editor: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) took the world by surprise. It is caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which belongs to the family of coronaviruses.1 Mental health personnel focus on mitigating psychological morbidities caused by the distress induced by this pandemic. There are psychiatric...

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SMJ Article | Letter to the Editor

Earlier Onset of Depression and Suicide Rates

To the Editor: Suicide rates have been increasing in the United States for nearly 2 decades. In 2017, 14 of every 100,000 people in the United States died by suicide, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, a 33% increase since 1999.1 Suicide rates have increased for...

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SMJ Article | Original Article

A Retrospective Study of Students Referred to a Psychiatric Clinic at a College Counseling Center in Appalachia

Objectives: This study describes the clinical problems and psychiatric diagnoses of college students who sought services at a student counseling clinic and were subsequently referred for evaluation by a psychiatrist. Several important psychiatric problems present before leaving for college that could mandate the selection of a college with psychiatric services...

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SMJ Article | Perspectives

Virtue Ethics and the Physician: Aristotle’s Burnout Antidote?

The physician’s calling adopts the patient as its sole relevance and guiding motivation. Such reverence toward the other as the core dogma of the physician’s vocation is unique among other professions’ foundational ethics and is accomplished many times through the sacrifice of needs of the self or family responsibilities. The...

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SMJ Article | Review Article

Munchausen Syndrome

Munchausen syndrome is a factitious disorder that is difficult to diagnose and treat. This article clarifies points for clinical recognition and management of patients with this condition. Patients with this condition often are dramatic and provide false and/or exaggerated symptoms or information. They solicit attention from physicians, going doctor-to-doctor, having...

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SMJ Article | Original Article

Characterization of Young Children Presenting to the Emergency Department for Mental Health Complaints

Objectives: From 2011 to 2015, psychiatric emergency department visits among youth in the United States increased 28% and psychiatric visits made up 10% of all pediatric emergency department (ED) visits. Previous research has focused on adolescent mental health, with little characterization of children 10 years of age and younger with...

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SMJ Article | Original Article

CME Article: Sleep Patterns and Health Behaviors in Healthcare Students

Objectives: Personal health behavior can influence the academic development of healthcare students. This study was designed to evaluate the personal health behavior, including sleep time, of healthcare students at a large health sciences center.Methods: An anonymous online survey based on standardized questionnaires about sleep, insomnia, depression, alcohol use, and exercise...

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SMJ Article | Original Article

Changes in Proportions of Emergency Department Patients with Mental Illness Noted in the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2012–2015

Objectives: The primary objective of this study was to determine whether there was a change in the rate and types of patients with psychiatric illnesses being seen in the emergency department (ED) from 2012 to 2015 using the National Ambulatory Care Survey. A secondary objective was to determine what if...

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