Spring 2016 Issue
By Peter Breslin, MD
Spring is upon us and the VCU Psychiatry Department is feeling the energy that comes with it. New beginnings are well under way as the site of the Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC) progresses. Employees were able sign and leave their mark on one of the last structural beams that were set in place. This memorable event symbolizes all of the hard work and effort that everybody has contributed to make this new building a reality. The Child Psychiatry Department is especially excited about this event as well as matching two of their very own residents to the fellowship. Drs. Shrina Desai and Daina Ngugi from VCU will be joining the already great program along with Dr. Aslihan Sogutlu from Jamaica Medical Center in NYC.
In other exciting news, the Psychiatry Ambulatory Clinics will be moving from Nelson Clinic on the VCU campus to its very own building. Upon walking into this newly renovated facility, named Jackson Center, people will be met with a large welcome of high ceilings and marble floors. The patient rooms provide much more of an open feel with their spaciousness and natural lighting from the many large windows. The residents will have improved psychotherapy rooms and technology as well as large rooms for live observation clinics. In addition, the Addiction Ambulatory Clinics will be settling down in the Jackson Center and expecting to have a strong start in a new facility.
This year's White Coats On Call was a huge success due to the help of the PSV and MSV doing a great job of organizing the event as well as the people. The VCU Psychiatry Department had a great turn out of medical students, residents and faculty. It was felt that this was the biggest presence and strongest collection of advocates they have seen in years.
The PGY-4 class is preparing for new and exciting adventures as their residency comes to a close. Drs. Peter Breslin and Zia Uddin have interests in the field of addiction and have been obtaining substantial experience and knowledge in the community. They recently published a textbook chapter called “Basic Psychopharmacology for Treating Pain” in the soon to be published textbook “Comprehensive Pain Management in the Rehabilitation Patient.” Dr. David Lekberg will be joining the Substance Abuse team at the McGuire VA where he will excel. Drs. Inna Garber and Troy Hoff matched their first choice of fellowship in C/L at VCU. Dr. Mark Bahoura will be traveling closer to his home as he matched to the C/L fellowship at Case Western University. Dr. Norriece Gibson has a promising future in Geriatric Psychiatry after matching to the fellowship of her choice, Vanderbilt University. Dr. Sarah Thayil will be joining the well known Child Psychiatry fellowship at University of Maryland. We wish all graduates a bright and fulfilling future!