Gosh, I’m swamped this week–gearing up for my new job working on the inpatient psychiatric unit, while continuing to work with my outpatients and patients at the HIV clinic has taken on a new momentum. On top of that, I’m helping with an SBIRT conference today and tomorrow. We’re having guest speakers from Yale give grand rounds to many of the specialties here at the medical center.
For those of you who don’t know, SBIRT stands for: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment.
Basically, we’re teaching residents (doctors in training) how to evaluate their patients for risky alcohol, tobacco, and illicit substance use, how to have a conversation (using Motivational Interviewing techniques that include being non-judgmental and collaborating with the patient to find ways to reduce risk of harm and medical illness) about reducing the use of these things for the betterment of the patients health. Those who are at high risk for health issues related to their substance use may be referred to substance use programs for further evaluation.
Phew! And that was the short version, LOL!
Anywho, I’m telling you this so that y’all know where I am (cuz I expect to be less visible in the interwebz for the next few days).
Also, be sure to check out Lydia’s response to the question Deb posed last week about personifying your muse!