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Volume 44 Number 17 page 20-20

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 batteries. 


8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

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, M.D.

"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 mental illness.

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.

10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Plenary Session 1: Kathryn Power, Director, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.

Discussion Group 1: Jules Ranz, M.D., on Developing Public and Community Psychiatry Fellowships

7 p.m.-9 p.m.

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.


2 p.m.-5 p.m.

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 unexplained symptoms.

5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

"Conversations" Event With Pete Earley

Sponsored by the American Psychiatric Foundation; seeAuthor Pete Earley Featured at Conversation Event.

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