Fritz Kahn, Das Leben des Menschen (Man as Industrial Palace)
Stuttgart, 1926. National Library of Medicine.

The physician Fritz Kahn saw the respiratory and digestive systems as chemical factories.

Healthcare Reform, Burnout, and the Renewal of Medicine

How can we improve the practice of medicine? Efforts like quality improvement, the slow medicine movement, the adoption of electronic health records, evidence-based medicine, and the medical humanities have all fallen short in various ways. Dr. Nussbaum has written about the renewal of medicine in the pages of The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and for the Health Affairs Blog. He speaks often on how we can shift from reforming healthcare to renewing the practice of medicine, offering practical ways to reducing the burnout and alienation experienced by practitioners and patients alike.

Tinkering in today’s healthcare factories: pursuing the renewal of medicine. Public lecture. Calvin College, January Series. Grand Rapids, MI

Checklists and dance lessons: how psychiatry can move healthcare from reform to renewal. Grand rounds. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Department of Psychiatry. San Antonio, TX

Factory or Poorhouse: what do we say hospitals are for? Grand rounds. Yale University Program on Medicine, Spirituality, and Religion. New Haven, CT

Famous factory meatloaf: the assumptions and implications of renewing medicine through quality improvement. Grand rounds. University of North Carolina Clinical Ethics. Chapel Hill, NC

Servants of all: David Hilfiker, Paul Farmer, and the physician as servant. Paper. 4th Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion. Cambridge, MA

Psychiatric Interviewing: The DSM-5™ and the Diagnostic Exam

What does it mean to diagnose a person as having a mental illness? How can a practitioner establish a relationship with his or her patients while identifying their specific diagnosis? Dr. Nussbaum believes the therapeutic alliance is essential both to effective treatment and to the renewal of medicine. He teaches frequently on these subjects to interprofessional groups.

DSM-5: Hands-on tools for its incorporation into clinical care and research. Workshop. College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Annual Meeting. Phoenix, AZ

From IV to 5: What psychiatrists need to know about DSM-5. Keynote address. Alberta Psychiatric Association. Banff, AB

Diagnostic Interviewing using DSM-5. Master course. American Psychiatric Association. New York, NY

Medical Marijuana

How does the legalization of marijuana alter the relationship between practitioners and patients? In Colorado, we are discussing edibles, shatter, wax, and sativa strains in our clinics and hospitals, an experiment which is altering the physician-patient relationship in surprising ways.

Mile high mints and red cards: lessons from the first decade of Colorado’s medical marijuana experiment. Public lecture. Yale University Program for Biomedical Ethics. New Haven, CT

Must everyone get stoned?: Debating medical marijuana. Debate. College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Annual Meeting. Phoenix, AZ

Evidence-based practice for the post-fact era: what Colorado’s medical marijuana experiment teaches. Keynote. 29th Annual Rocky Mountain Interprofessional Research and Evidence-Based Practice Symposium. Greenwood Village, CO

Medicine & Religion

What role should religious communities play in the care of the physically and mentally ill? Historically, religious communities provided much of the care for the ill, especially the indigent ill. Dr. Nussbaum completed a master’s degree at Duke Divinity School, where he examined historical examples of faith-based medical care and the lessons they can offer for contemporary care. Today, he is a member of the American Psychiatric Association’s Mental Health and Faith Partnership Steering Committee and a frequent speaker on the intersections between what we believe and how we care for the ill.

Tinkering in today’s healthcare factories: pursuing the renewal of medicine. Plenary session. Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship. Estes Park, CO

Working in God’s hotel or serving slow food?: Victoria Sweet, Hildegard of Bingen, and the physician as gardener. Paper presentation. Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, & History of Medicine. Durham, NC

Suffering and hope in the physician’s vocation. Colloquium presentation. Fulginiti Center for Bioethics and Humanities. Aurora, CO

Faith and major depressive disorder: DSM-5, the Cultural Formulation Interview, and tradition-based responses. Symposium. 168th American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting. Toronto, ON


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