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SHREVEPORT TIMES - 10/1/74 Med School Psychiatry Head Due in January By Elaine King Times Medical Writer Dr John Tony Brauchi of Kansas will assume duties at Louisiana State University Medical School in Shreveport in January as chairman of the department of psychiatry, according to Dean Clifford G. Grulee. Dr. Brauchi, who is in Shreveport through today for meetings with medical school officials, also has accepted appointments as professor of psychiatry and professor of Family medicine and com-prehensive care to begin in January. The psychiatrist explained during an interview yesterday that he wants to teach residents in family medicine how psychiatry can help a family doctor in his practice. It will be a "challenging aspect" of his duties, he said. Dr. Brauchi currently is professor of psychiatry and associate chairman of the department of psychiatry at the University of Kaasas Medical Center. In addition to his professional duties, Dr. Brauchi is serving the last few months of a four-year term in the Kansas State Legislature as representative from John-son County, a metropolitan area near Kansas City, Mo., he said. His term expires in January. Drawing on his experience as psychiatrist and his first - hand view of politics, Dr. Brauchi is writing "Psycho - Politics," on the games politicians play, he said. The games, he pointed out, are the interworkings of g i v e - a n d - t a k e among legislators trying to get bills passed. Will he become involved in Louisiana politics? Dr. Brauchi laughed that politics is not his main area of interest, but added there are interesting aspects of politics. His term in the legislature, he noted, made him aware of the need of physicians to serve small towns and heightened his interest in family medicine. There has been a mistake in the past, Dr. Brauchi feels, in the way that a family-practice resident was rotated through s p e c i a l i t i e s , including psychiatry, with no training in being a family doctor using those techniques. Although his plans for the department of psychiatry are in primary planning stages, Dr. Brauchi said he wants to obtain more funds for the department so that specialists can be attracted in areas such as child psychiatry. More Research Needed There is a need for more psychiatric research here, he said. (Times Photo bv Gerald McCartv) Psychiatry Chairman Dr. John Brauchi . . . says psychiatry can aid family doctor Because of the variety of facilities used by the medical school in its psychiatry program, Dr. Brauchi said he believes that there is a need to tie all the satellite facilities together administratively and possibly physically. An outpatient department is needed for the psychiatry program, Dr. Brauchi said. He sees no way that the medical school here can fail as a medical center unless it loses support of Shreveport and the legislature. A native of Sayre, Okla., Dr. Brauchi said he decided to accept the positions at the medical school here because of the "opportunity to build a creative and imaginative program, not just in psychiatry, but in the whole area of comprehensive care." He selected the posts at the medical school here over\^ offers from several other schools, he said. Dr. Brauchi's primary research interest is "with assessing the effectiveness of certain psychotherapeutic drugs." His latest work was on thinking disorders with emphasis on identifying how one forms concepts — by memory, perception or inference. Three papers dealing with that research are pending publication, he said. Dr. Brauchi is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine and served rotating internship at Hillcrest Medical Center, Tulsa, Okla., and his residen-'. cy in psychiatry at. University Hospital in Oklahoma City and the University of Kansas Medical Center. He has served .for the past five years on the program committee of the .American Psychiatric Association and was a member of ttie task force that reviewed national health insurance for the National Intergovernmental Relations Committee. Members from the legislatures of each state com-prised the committee, which returned a "conservative report" that supported a catastrophic coverage type of national health insurance, he said. When will national health insurance be reality? Probably not within the next year, he predicts. And when it is implemented, Dr. Brauchi expects it to be along the lines of the catastrophic coverage programs supported by Sen Russell Long of Louisiana.
|Title||Med School Psychiatry Head Due in January|
King, Elaine T.
Brauchi, John Tony
Psychiatry Department (Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport)
|Notes||Photo of Dr. John Brauchi|
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