Psychiatry

Xiomara P. Urban, MD Xiomara P. Urban, MD (1 Posts)

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

Albany Medical College


Xiomara P. Urban M.D. is currently a PGY-III in the General Psychiatry Residency program at Albany Medical Center. She has successfully matched in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UCSF, and will be starting there in July 2019. At work, she is notable for her enthusiasm, and playful curiosity. This tends to manifest itself with unexpected compliments, and sporadic investigations into changes in their grooming habits. She brings this same energy and inquisitiveness to all her patients regardless of age. Her main interest is in effecting systems of care in order to better serve those they are designed for.




A Modest Proposal: There is No Substitute for Time in Medicine

Physician burnout has emerged as an increasingly concerning phenomenon in medicine. As high as 51% of physicians in a Medscape survey report symptoms of burnout. Doctors face higher demands with less time and support. Academic medical centers, which historically have been insulated from outside forces, are now seeing larger patient censuses, leaving less time for physicians to work through each patient’s case carefully.

Kusama: On Humanism in Psychiatry

I first heard of Yayoi Kusama last year when her spellbinding exhibit came to the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. Admittedly late to the international zeitgeist of Kusama, what initially drew me in was her story — a Japanese-American avant-garde artist who suffered from severe mental illness and successfully transformed that suffering into riveting artwork.

Unseen Song

The below poem was written during a weekend away in Indianapolis. I watched an apparently homeless older gentleman sitting outside a coffee shop for several minutes while I read. It was a generous reminder that our patients should be seen in their environment and not only in our own, with fluorescent lights and temperature control. We all have different backgrounds and life circumstances and drastically effect our behaviors and choices.

Recognizing Mental Health Illness Among Veterans is an Educational Competency

Over the course of residency and fellowship training, it’s likely that almost all trainees will encounter veterans through rotations at Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities. With mandates from Title 38 and long-standing relationships with academic institutions nationwide, the Veterans Health Administration plays a significant role in shaping the education of future medical professionals.

Liang Chen, MD Liang Chen, MD (1 Posts)

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

Boston University


Liang is a physician and writer who believes deeply that better health requires efforts to address disease at both the clinical and public health levels. He is passionate about using a global perspective to combine those perspectives in his career.