Annual Meeting Recap

By: Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH, Chair, Professional Education Committee

Thank you to everyone who made the 2019 NCPS Annual Meeting a huge success. We had over 120 attendees, including nearly 50 residents and medical students, and 21 exhibitors. Dr. Robert McCarron, President of the California Psychiatric Association, opened the conference with a thought-provoking discussion on how to expand the psychiatric workforce. Dr. Joe Obegi chaired a panel with Dr. Renée Binder (past APA President) and Dr. Margaret May on the concept of diagnosing suicidality. On Friday evening we all enjoyed dessert and networking techniques with Ricardo Juarez, APA Director of District Branch Relations. Saturday started off with an eye-opening discussion on policy in California, led by Randall Hager, California Psychiatric Association Director of Government Affairs. We transitioned to hear Dr. Dilip Jeste (past APA president), discuss purpose in life after retirement. Later that morning we were honored to have Dr. Tom Insel, former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health talk about Psychiatry 2025 as well as reflect on policy and psychiatry in California. Dr. Mahendra Bhati provided an exciting psychopharmacology update and took over 30 minutes of questions from a very engaged audience. The Saturday panel on psychotherapy chaired by Dr. Farah Zaidi and Dr. Shana Levy from the professional education committee featured Dr. Danielle Levy and Dr. Randall Weingarten. We closed the conference on Sunday with Dr. Nolan Williams’ talk on rapid acting antidepressants and finally the always thoughtful ethics committee presentation, this year on boundary crossings and violations, featuring Dr. John Greene, Dr. Anna Glezer and Dr. Raymond Reyes.

This was certainly a conference to remember. Our attendees enjoyed the talks, receptions, the networking, and of course, the beautiful city of Monterey. Next year we are excited to go back to Monterey, this time to the Portola Hotel and Spa, March 13-15, 2020. We are always interested in learning about speaker ideas from our membership as well as receiving feedback on the conference, or if you are interested in joining the Professional Education Committee, please email to provide input or participation!


Newsletter Reference: 
March/April 2019


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