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APS Annual Meeting - 2018 Psychiatric Update

Arizona Psychiatric Society
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Apr 14 7:00AM - 6:00PM

Join us for the Arizona Psychiatric Society Annual Meeting - April 14, 2018. This timely Agenda centers on a theme of wellness, and includes updates on topics currently relevant to psychiatry, such as anti-inflammatories and depression, the use of technology and applications in psychiatry, evolutionary medicine as it relates to psychiatry and pediatric considerations, AHCCCS update, and psychiatric response to disaster events. The meeting also offers peer physician and resident and medical student poster presentation opportunities, and includes a social and networking reception on Friday, April 13, 2018, honoring Dr. Martin Kassell, Arizona psychotherapist, and continuing the celebration of his 100th Birthday. More specifics on the Agenda, our nationally noted presenters, times, and educational objectives follow:


7:00 7:50 am Continental Breakfast

7:30 7:45 am Physician Peer Poster Preview* (*Posters and Authors Detailed Later in Program)

7:50 8:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:00 9:00 Burnout, Depression and Suicide in Physicians: Restoring Mental Health Resilience in Todays Medical World -Michael F. Myers, MD,Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Immediate Past Vice-Chair Education and Director of Training, SUNY Downstate Medical Center,Brooklyn, NY

Dr. Myers Educational Objectives (Talk 1):

1. Recognize symptoms of burnout, depression and more in oneself and colleagues.
2. Acquire best practice strategies in coping with and growing through the suicide of a medical peer.
3. Incorporate new behaviors that preserve wellness and joy in ones personal and professional life.

9:00 - 9:15 Questions & Answers with Dr. Myers

9:15 10:15 Stigma: Its Pernicious Effects on Health Care Professionals -Michael F. Myers, MD -Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Immediate Past Vice-Chair Education and Director of Training, SUNY Downstate Medical Center,Brooklyn, NY

Dr. Myers Educational Objectives (Talk 2):

1. Define the various types of stigma and summarize how stigma affects recognition of mental illness in health professionals, their families and colleagues.
2. Explain the ways in which stigma affects timely diagnoses, treatment adherence and success.
3. Cite the changes that must occur at a macro level (systemic, institutional, organizational and training) in order to eradicate shame and stigma.

10:15 10:30 Questions & Answers with Dr. Myers

10:30 10:50 Break / Visit Exhibitors / Physician Peer Poster Voting / RFM and Medical Student Poster Preview*
(*Posters and Authors Detailed Later in Program)

10:50 11:50 am Anti-Inflammatory Pharmacological Agents for Treatment-Resistant Depression -Charles Raison, MD -Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families and Professor, School of Human Ecology; Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison,Madison, Wisconsin

Dr. Raisons Educational Objectives:

1. Describe mechanisms that link the immune system to the brain and that account for the role of immune activation in major depressive disorder (MDD)
2. Explain the risks and benefits of using anti-inflammatory agents to treat MDD
3. Implement immune-based treatments for MDD based on best currently available evidence

11:50 12:05 Questions & Answers with Dr. Raison

12:05 12:45 Lunch / Visit Exhibitors / Review Posters (AACAP Members: Take Lunch to Ocotillo Room for AACAP Annual Business Meeting)

12:45 1:20 APS Business Meeting and Awards, includingLegislative Update Joseph F. Abate, Esq., APS Lobbyist

1:20 - 1:50 Report from AHCCCS and the Arizona Opioid Crisis -Sara Salek, MD -Chief Medical Officer, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)

Dr. Saleks Educational Objectives:

1. Provide high level overview of the AHCCCS strategic plan to decrease the morbidity and mortality associated with Opioid Use Disorder for AHCCCS members.
2. Identify how psychiatrists working in both private and public sectors can have an impact on combating the opioid epidemic.
3. Briefly describe the AHCCCS healthcare system integration efforts underway including AHCCCS Complete Care (ACC).

1:50 2:50 Why Did Natural Selection Leave us Vulnerable to Psychiatric Disorders: Evolution of Psychiatric Disorders and Relevance to Pediatric Development -Randolph M. Nesse, MD - Professor of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Arizona Foundation Professor; Founding Director, Center for Evolution and Medicine at Arizona State University,Tempe, Arizona

Dr. Nesses Educational Objectives:

1. Differentiate that evolutionary medicine does not explain diseases directly, but, instead, why natural selection has left aspects of the body vulnerable to disease.
2. Explain the adaptive value of low mood for individuals pursuing unreachable goals.
3. Recognize how the smoke detector principle explains high prevalence rates for anxiety and mood disorders.

2:50 3:05 Questions & Answers with Dr. Nesse

3:05 3:25 pm Break / Visit Exhibitors / RFM and Medical Student Poster Judging

3:25 4:25 pm Utilizing Technology and Informatics in Psychiatry Current Choices and Challenges and Future Trends -Ipsit Vahia, MD -Medical Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Programs, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School,Belmont, Massachusetts

Dr. Vahias Educational Objectives:

1. Demonstrate how commercially available technology such as wearable fitness monitors can be leveraged for psychiatric diagnosis.
2. Outline how mobile health, telemedicine, and other new technologies like virtual reality are poised to impact psychiatric intervention.
3. Describe digital phenotyping and its relevance and importance to psychiatry.

4:25 4:40 pm Questions & Answers with Dr. Vahia

4:40 4:50 pm Break / Poster Awards Announced

4:50 5:50 pm In the Aftermath of a Tragedy: Take-Aways from the Las Vegas Shooting and Mental Health Disaster Response -Nevada Psychiatric Association Leadership Panel Presentation and Interactive Discussion
Alison Netski, MD,Chair - Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health,UNLV School of Medicine,Las Vegas, NV;Dodge Slagle, DO -Associate Professor at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Nevada Psychiatric Association Assembly Representative and Disaster Response Liaison,Las Vegas, NV;Moderated by Aaron Wilson, MD -APS President and Disaster Response Committee Chair;Chief Medical Officer, Sierra Tucson,Tucson, Arizona

Panel Educational Objectives:

1. Identify how to prepare for, participate in, and provide care in local disaster response.
2. Provide and coordinate trauma-based care during and in the aftermath of a disaster.

5:50 pm Adjournment


At the conclusion, the attendee should be able to:
a. Apply current principles of psychiatry and identify practicable interventions in one or more of the practice focus topics addressed in the Annual Meeting.
b. Effectively and efficiently manage psychiatric conditions presented through updates in standards of care.
d. Learn new techniques, both pharmacological and psychosocial, and apply them towards the improvement of patient care.
e. Keep abreast of current and new issues with in-depth presentations by authorities in these fields.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the Arizona Psychiatric Society. The APA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Member Psychiatric physicians, non-member psychiatric physicians, and physicians of other specialties.

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