New sessions have just been added to the program of APA's Institute on
Psychiatric Services. The New York City setting of the four-day meeting will
provide that exciting spark as you reenergize your professional
Panel Discussion 1: "Minds on the Edge": Leveraging a PBS
Program to Drive Reform of Our Fragmented Mental Health System
Thomas A. Simpatico, M.D., Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H., Tracey Skale,
"Minds on the Edge" is a one-hour television program produced
for PBS by the Fred Friendly Seminars. It was created as a multiplatform video
and Web media initiative to advance the public conversation about the need for
systemic change in the delivery of treatment and services for people with
severe mental illness. The program zeroes in on wrenching and confounding
situations that Americans face as they struggle with the challenges of severe
After watching the program, the audience will engage in a discussion with
the panelists on the consequences of the fragmented mental health care system
and how to bring about change.
Plenary Session 1: Kathryn Power, Director, Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration
Discussion Group 1: Jules Ranz, M.D., on Developing Public and Community
Town-Hall Meeting: Open Forum and Reception for MITs and ECPs With APA
President-Elect Carol Bernstein, M.D.
For residents and early career psychiatrists (ECPs) only; supported by
Professional Risk Management Services Inc.
In this meeting, Carol Bernstein, M.D., wants to hear ideas from psychiatry
residents and ECPs about the future of American psychiatry and APA.
Participants will also learn about APA and how to become involved, as well as
meet and network with other residents and ECPs.
Forum 2: Preparing for Flu Season: Stress, Mental Health Needs, and
Working With Primary Care
Craig Katz, M.D., Frederick Stoddard Jr., M.D., David Calfee, M.D.,
M.S., Doris Reissman, M.D., M.P.H., Anthony Ng, M.D., Charles Engel, M.D.,
M.P.H., Robert Ursano, M.D.
With the recent emergence of novel H1N1 influenza and declaration of an
H1N1 pandemic, epidemiologic surveillance has tilted toward a dawning reality
of public health alerts and crowded emergency departments. This forum will
address how psychiatrists can best respond within the health care community. A
historical review of the psychosocial lessons from prior flu pandemics and
other infectious outbreaks will set the context for this discussion. An update
on current knowledge about the behavior and pathogenicity of H1N1 and
surrounding public health planning will orient the audience to the current
reality. Specific consideration will be given to psychiatry's role in
collaborating with primary care practitioners, including addressing medically
"Conversations" Event With Pete Earley
Sponsored by the American Psychiatric Foundation; seeAuthor Pete
Earley Featured at Conversation Event.