NCPS Newsletter: March/April 2019

Volume 61, Issue #2

In this Issue ~ Peter Forster, MD

This is our Annual Meeting edition, and I am very proud of the excellent and informative articles by Smita Das, Syd Wright, Farah Zaida and Diana Wertz. Articles that match the quality of the meeting itself. Reading the articles will give you a brief summary of talks on the assessment of suicidality, on innovative strategies for addressing the under-supply of mental health clinicians while preserving the quality of care, on new developments that may be leading to rapid and effective treatments for depression, and on strategies for creating meaningful lives after retirement.

President’s Message ~ By: Sydney Wright, MD

Your NCPS has been active in a number of areas of interest and concern to members.

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.

2019 Annual Meeting Coverage: Purpose in Life After Retirement Presenter ~ Dr. Dilip Jeste Article contribution by: Sydney Wright, MD

Life expectancy at 65 will rise from 19 additional years of life in 2015 to 29 additional years in 2050. Retirement age in the US varies from 55 to no upper limit. Factors influencing retirement are health, finances, family, custom, and attitude toward work.

2019 Annual Meeting Coverage: Innovative Approaches to Expand Psychiatric Workforce in California ~ Presenter Dr. Robert McCarron Article contribution by: Farah Zaida, MD

NCPS held its 59th Annual Conference in the scenic and beautiful City of Monterey from March 22 through March 24, 2019. The conference was very well attended by a diverse group of professionals ranging from medical students interested in pursuing a career path in psychiatry to residents, fellows, early career psychiatrists (ECPs) and seasoned psychiatrists from private and public sectors.

2019 Annual Meeting Coverage: Diagnosing Suicidality Panel~ Presenter Renée Binder, MD; Margaret May, MD; Joseph Obegi, PsyD Article contribution by: Diana Wertz, MD

Dr. Renée Binder, Dr. Margaret May, and Dr. Joseph Obegi shared with us their thoughts about suicidality as a diagnosable discrete mental disorder. The session started with Dr. Obegi pointing out that a substantial percentage of suicides do not occur in individuals with an underlying Axis I disorder, and that suicidality is the mental state that occurs prior to suicide. 

2019 Annual Meeting Coverage: Resident Vignette Competition Presenters: Clayton Barnes, MD ~ San Mateo Residency Program, Earth Hasassri, MD ~ UCSF Residency Program Belinda Wang, MD ~ UCSF Residency Program

NCPS continued its tradition of supporting the personal and professional growth of our resident members with the Resident Vignette Competition at our Annual Meeting. During a plated lunch on the Saturday of the conference, a select number of residents presented their interesting cases with relevance to psychiatry.

The Resident Perspective Quotes & Comments from RFM’s & Medical Students

This year’s NCPS Annual Meeting had nearly 50 resident & medical student attendees! NCPS supports their attendance with either FREE or greatly reduced registration and lodging reimbursement (up to a limit). All we ask is that they participate to the fullest and immerse themselves in the experience, taking advantage of networking and opportunities available to them at the conference.

2019 Annual Meeting Coverage: Rapid-Acting Antidepressants: Deconstructing One and Constructing Another ~ Presenter Nolan Williams, MD Article contribution by: Diana Wertz, MD

Dr. Nolan Williams gave a wonderfully informative lecture on recent advances involving rapid-acting antidepressants for treatment resistant depression (TRD). The talk started off with a discussion of how ECT is a powerful and effective treatment for TRD with remission rates of 50%.

Human brain organoids: a new frontier in basic neuroscience research into psychiatric disorders ~ By: Neal D Amin, MD, PhD, PGY2 Resident in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

Understanding the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders remains a formidable challenge in no small part due to the inherent complexity of the human nervous system.  Further complicating research efforts, living human brain tissue is largely inaccessible for basic research and therapeutic development.



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