Winter 2017 Issue
By Alison S. McCanon, MD
The past few months have brought a great deal of change to our residency program. Most notably, last month we said goodbye to our beloved program director, Dr. Paul Sayegh, as he embarked on his hard-earned retirement. We have been privileged to have his mentorship over the years, and his presence is deeply missed. However, we know we are in good hands with Dr. Shriti Patel as our new program director. Dr. Patel has been on faculty for five years and had been serving as assistant residency program director prior to Dr. Sayegh’s retirement. We are excited to see what new ideas her leadership will bring.
Several of our residents have been involved in scholarly activities. Drs. Eric Friedman and Brian Bui had their article, “A Psychiatric Formulary for Long-duration Spaceflight” published in the Aerospace Medical Association’s journal, Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance. Additionally, NASA has asked them to give a web-based presentation on the topic to their psychiatric team.
Drs. Justin Smith, Ryan Wade, Nithya Cherukuru, Aneel Ursani, and Robert Busch, along with medical students Yuliya Dobruskina, Taylor Crist, Rahim Dhanani, and Nicholas Dreyer, led by our esteemed professor Dr. David Spiegel, had their invited review, “Transient Global Amnesia: Current Perspectives,” published in Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment.
We were pleased to have medical student, resident, and faculty presence at conferences this fall. Our small department produced four posters at the Virginia Society of Addiction Medicine Annual Meeting and eight posters at the PSV Fall Meeting. Special recognition is owed to faculty member Dr. Stephanie Peglow, who mentored several medical students and residents on their posters, and to the medical students whose posters earned awards. Rachel Seaman won first place at VASAM for her poster, “Group Visits for Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution in Primary Care: A Pilot Quality Improvement Initiative,” and Rida Malick and Martekuor Dodoo won first and second place, respectively, at PSV. All were mentored by Dr. Peglow. Dr. Peglow is a graduate of our residency program who joined the faculty this year. She has brought new energy and enthusiasm for psychiatric education and has been instrumental in encouraging trainees to pursue research projects.
March 9-10, 2018
Hilton Richmond Downtown
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