PSYCHClinician.com™ is a privately-funded educational forum committed to improving international access to high quality educational resources in Psychiatric care. Its Medical Crisis Response Initiative (MCRI) subsite, which is partially funded by a grant from the Japanese American Medical Association, was launched in the wake of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and is dedicated to helping physicians and allied healthcare workers worldwide gain immediate interactive access to colleagues experienced in disaster-related issues in psychiatry. PSYCHClinician.com™ enables practitioners to share insights and experience managing patients with a broad spectrum of psychiatric and neurological conditions ranging from substance abuse and personality disorders to Alzheimer’s dementia. The forum also consolidates diagnostic and treatment guidelines along with other management resources and regularly presents updated educational materials tailored to the needs of the Psychiatric community. User surveys are conducted regularly and site queries are monitored daily in order to facilitate the exchange of ideas, enhance practical expertise, and ultimately improve patient care. Psychiatrists, neurologists, psychiatric nurses, medical first-responders, emergency-room clinicians and the many other healthcare providers who encounter psychiatric disorders are targeted and warmly invited to participate in this global community.
Clinicians worldwide frequently encounter a wide range of psychiatric illness. Natural and manmade disasters further introduce new sets of variables which may both complicate existing conditions and give rise to new disorders (e.g. PTSD) in large populations of patients. Physicians who treat psychiatric illness must thus overcome numerous barriers to provide optimal care for their patients, especially in disrupted and challenging environments. Despite significant advances in the field, there remains much to be learned and much to be communicated. Recognizing the untapped resource of collective experience, PSYCHClinician.com™ is dedicated to gathering, synthesizing, and disseminating insights generated by our faculty, working in academic, community medical, and field medical facilities. While this exchange of knowledge and best practice is facilitated by net-based technology, its substance continues the ancient heritage of good medicine.