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PSV 2016 Fall Meeting Recap

By Susan J. Waller, MD, FAPA
PSV President

On October 7-8, at the elegant and historic Hotel Roanoke, surrounded by the scenic Blue Ridge mountains, 114 Virginia psychiatrists, residents and students gathered to enjoy camaraderie, networking, good meals and stimulating education. Starting on Friday, some of the attendees were fortunate enough to spend the afternoon with Drs. Rizwan Ali and Mary McMasters to learn about integrating medication-assisted treatment management into practice. This four hour CME activity was offered as a bonus educational activity that covered the public health impact of prescription drug abuse and reviewed the efficacy of evidence-based addiction treatment, among other features.

Friday evening, the crowd enjoyed a splendid reception made possible by our exhibitors, while reviewing posters, now completely digitized, on two separate monitors. Virginia Delegate Joseph Yost was greeted, after his two hour travail through the mountains, with the 2016 Legislator’s Award for his support of PSV’s mental health initiatives throughout the year.

The next morning, we networked over a hearty breakfast before embarking on an educational journey through Dr. Jim Reinhard’s “Psychiatrists and Guns,” Dr. Thomas Collura’s “Neurofeedback as an Intervention for Mental Health and Emotional Disorders,” Dr. Rizwan Ali’s “Neurotheology – Effects of Religion and Other Contemplative Practices on the Brain” and Dr. Brian Wood’s “Conundrums in the Pharmacology of Dementia Care,” before breaking for a delicious lunch and informative business meeting. As always, it was a difficult job judging the excellent posters, presented by 23 residents this year from the many programs across the state, but Dr. Douglas Knittel did it justice individually recognizing the merits of each poster as he awarded cash prizes and certificates to our first, second and third place poster winners.

After lunch, no one was affected by post-prandial sedation due to the continued high caliber of presentations that held everyone’s interest until the very end. Dr. Tracy Criss’s “Update on Electroconvulsive Therapy,” Dr. Dan Morhaim’s “Positive Approach to End of Life Care” and finally, and most controversial of all, Dr. Jitendra Desai’s and Dr. Dan Morhaim’s “Debate on the Medicinal Use of Cannabis in Psychiatric Disorders,” kept the meeting stimulating and relevant.

Thanks to all of our members, as well as our exceptional speakers, who came out and contributed to the success of our Fall Meeting. We look forward to seeing you all in Richmond at the 2017 Spring Meeting on March 17-18 at the Short Pump Hilton.



Neurofeedback as an Intervention for Mental and Emotional Disorders

By Thomas F. Collura, PhD, QEEG-D, BCN, LPCC
BrainMaster Technologies and the Brain Enrichment Center, Bedford, OH

This talk presented the scientific basis and clinical evidence base for the use of neurofeedback in the treatment of mental and emotional disorders. The evidence base is strong and positive for some disorders, and is limited and/or demonstrates less efficacy for other disorders. The talk described the types of evidence that can be provided, and briefly summarized the current status of experience and research reports for a wide range of disorders that have been reported. Details included technical and scientific principles of neurofeedback, the historical use of neurofeedback, and a review of the evidence base for clinical efficacy.


Expanding the Virginia Medicaid Substance Use Disorder Benefit: Integrating Medication Assisted Treatment Management into Your Practice

By Dr. Mary McMasters, MD, DFASAM

Dr. McMasters presented a brief overview of the science of the disease of addiction, a review of terminology, and an invitation to join the Virginia Department of Public Health at their upcoming Addiction Disease Management Trainings. Please join us. Click Here for more information.


ECT-Then and Now

By Tracey Criss, MD

An ECT presentation was given by Tracey Criss, MD of Carilion Clinic. This was followed by a panel discussion with Chuck Swanson, MD; Justin White, MD; Bush Kavuru, MD and Tracey Criss, MD, Carilion Clinic psychiatrists and faculty at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. The history of ECT, making the choice of appropriate patient candidates for ECT, electrode placement, medications used during ECT, potential complications, and prognosis were all reviewed during the presentation. ECT is an underutilized procedure but is valuable to the patient in its rapid onset of effectiveness and its success rate.


You’re Ready to Practice… Now What?
Risk Management Considerations

By Moira Wertheimer, Esq., RN, CPHRM

Moira Wertheimer, Esq., RN, CPHRM, provided a risk management education program to the ECP/RF’s entitled, “You’re Ready to Practice… Now What? Risk Management Considerations.”  The presentation reviewed various risk management and legal considerations psychiatrists may encounter when entering practice after residency or fellowship, or as an early career psychiatrist. Some of the options for employment discussed were: opening a solo office, forming a partnership, and joining a group practice as an independent contractor or employee. The session provided an overview of issues to consider within each of the above options, explored topics such as medical record retention/release, acting in a supervisory capacity, the importance of establishing an office compliance system and discussed contractual considerations with a new or existing partnership. Attendees were provided with risk management strategies designed to reduce their liability exposure in each of these areas.

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