JailMedicine and ACCP

I recently turned 65 and decided that it was time to slow down a little bit. Part of this slowing down is to retire from the administration of JailMedicine and turn JailMedicine over to a new caretaker. Fortunately, I have found the perfect organization to take JailMedicine over–the American College of Correctional Physicians, better known as ACCP.

ACCP is THE professional organization for all Correctional Medicine Practitioners, including affiliate membership for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. It is the perfect organization to continue publication of articles devoted to Correctional Health Care. ACCP has assigned Todd Wilcox MD the primary responsibility of running JailMedicine, assisted by a committee of other ACCP members (including me) who will contribute articles, answer comments, update the blog and generally make JailMedicine better than ever!

JailMedicine has been a big part of my life for the last ten years. I very much appreciate everyone who has read my thoughts and rants, subscribed and commented.

The work we do as Correctional Medical Practitioners is important! We provide healthcare to an underserved and often neglected population. We soldier on despite often being underfunded, working in a difficult environment and having to pay attention to security issues that other medical practitioners are not even aware of!

Thank you for your work in Correctional Medicine and for your support of JailMedicine!

Here’s to the continued success of JailMedicine and to the continued success of our work!

Jeffrey E. Keller MD

21 thoughts on “JailMedicine and ACCP

  1. Yes- Dr. Keller you have been a leader and an important contributor in this narrow but important field of correctional medicine. I would like to thank you for all of your efforts and cheers to your retirement

  2. Jeff
    I have loved reading your posts! And I loved working with you in the jail setting too ! You have always shared such useful information, and that has continued to help me on my educational journey! Thanks for everything!

  3. Kudos to you, Jeff, for the vision to start this column and the dedication to keep it going all of these years. Yours posts are a pleasure to read – and I know your audience has learned a lot and improved their practice thanks to your knowledge and wisdom. Although we will miss you at the helm, Todd will do an excellent job. Enjoy your more leisurely pace of life!

  4. Dr. Keller, you provided us in correctional healthcare a wonderful resource over the years through this website. I’m so glad that it will continue after your retirement and wish you all the best in your retirement years.
    I will look forward to continuing reading the information shared on Jailmedicine under the stewardship of ACCP and Dr. Wilcox.

  5. Dr. Keller,
    It has been a pleasure to exchange ideas and be informed by you knowledge. Understanding the choice to ‘slow down’ is important / difficult / necessary – we will suffer a loss. Hopefully you will remain engaged as you plan.
    Thank you for your service to the correctional health community.

  6. Enjoy, your new endeavors. I truly have enjoyed your articles and have passed them on to my co-workers and the Jail MD that I work with.
    Thank you for your support in Correctional Health care and sharing your views.

  7. I just stumbled onto this site because I inadvertently developed mild serotonin syndrome. This is embarrassing to admit as I have been a nurse for 20+ years and recently became an DNP. Reading the article about the pr on multiple meds such as an SSRI, tranzadone and others felt like I was reading from my recent medical list. Add on the migraine cocktail of compazine, ibuprofen and benedryl AND melatonin for increasingly worsening insomnia and here we are.
    I have been feeling pretty awful and emailed my provider. We reviewed my meds and figured it out pretty quickly. It’s embarrassing but a story that seems all too common and one we can all learn from.
    Thanks again!
    P. Y.

  8. I have followed this site since its’ inception and it has provided me with a great deal of insight. Many of these practices I had already employed and some were enlightening. I have recently moved from a mens to a Women’s facility and suddenly have been OVERWHELMED with requests for Topamax almost on a “seeking” Level. Patients that never had it on the outside, much less a history of a headache/migraine Dx are looking for exorbitant doses. Has this become a drug of abuse? Can you provide any insight?

  9. Many medications (nearly all) have some form of side effect. It may be that the inmates are seeking that medicine (or any other) for those effects. While often inmates are not thought of ask intelligent – they are quite savvy. A quick review of topirimate shows some neurological side effects that may be desired as it allows ‘checking out’. The inmates economy may see snacks (etc.) traded for pills.
    One way may be to obliged an established diagnosis or no pills. Just thoughts…

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