In addition to office psychiatry since 1995, other professional interests include:
As chair of the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Committee at CPMC, I oversee all continuing education for physicians at the medical center. The Committee reviews educational programs to maintain compliance with state and national quality standards, and assures freedom from commercial and other sources of bias. To maintain licensure, all physicians in California must complete 25 hours of approved CME each year. CPMC's program received "Accreditation with Commendation" at our most recent review by California’s CME oversight agency.
I was an active member of the CPMC Ethics Committee from 2005 to 2018. I attended monthly meetings to discuss patient-care ethics at the hospital, and occasionally participated in ethics consultations on inpatients when there were psychiatric issues to consider.
I've taught psychiatry ever since I was a resident myself. From 1996 to 2007, in addition to seeing private patients, I served as Medical Director of the CPMC Mental Health Clinic, a sliding-scale clinic where psychiatrists and clinical psychologists are trained. I taught outpatient evaluation, and helped in many crisis situations. I favored teaching psychology and psychiatry trainees together, so each discipline could benefit from the other's perspective, and to foster cooperation instead of competition.
For many years I led a half-year weekly seminar in dynamic psychotherapy at CPMC. I also organized a seminar in "Psychiatric Controversies" and gave guest lectures to the psychology interns. I continue to teach a two-month seminar on psychiatric ethics every other year, and all year I meet weekly with one or two psychiatry residents for individual psychotherapy supervision. "Supervision" is traditional one-on-one case based learning, a crucial step toward becoming a competent therapist. There's nothing like teaching to make you think afresh about your own field.
Blogging and Other Online Activity
Since 2008, I've shared psychiatric concepts and reflections on a blog attached to my website. Reidbord's Reflections contains about 130 short essays on a variety of psychiatric and medical topics. Sacramento Street Psychiatry is a blog on the Psychology Today website where some of my pieces are re-posted to a wider readership. Since 2014 I’ve also re-posted some pieces on KevinMD. I'm gratified that my blog posts are read all across the U.S. and overseas.
I was also active on HealthTap, a website and mobile app where users ask brief health questions, and doctors answer them for free. In its early years I answered hundreds of such questions, and enjoyed a high ranking and awards in various mental health categories. HealthTap now emphasizes paid services, such as online medical evaluations. I have some concerns about this model, and as a result haven't participated lately.