2017 Annual Meeting

Our jam-packed 2017 Annual AMP Meeting kicked off in our new venue, the Kimpton Hotel Allegro and hosted a record 258 participants. We were proud to welcome our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Kenneth Ludmerer, author of Learning to Heal: The Development of American Medical Education; Time to Heal: American Medical Education from the Turn of the Century to the Era of Managed Care; and Let Me Heal: The Opportunity to Preserve Excellence in American Medicine. Dr. Ludmerer traced the history of medical education and how this has led to increasing specialization at the cost of whole patient care. He described medicine-psychiatry as “an anomaly, and an important anomaly!” Dr. Ludmerer noted ways in which history predicts that combined care is “more joyous care, more satisfying care” and will provide greater “engagement and joy” for providers of combined /holistic care, statements that resonated with all of us. We heard updates on liver transplantation and gender-affirming care, as well as 8 competitive resident-presented vignettes. After a full and varied poster session, we had the pleasure of presenting Dr. Jurgen Unutzer with the 2017 AMP Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in integrated behavioral healthcare and his dedication to researching health care delivery systems. He presented a speech entitled: The Future of Integrated Care: Thinking Out of the Box at our gala dinner.

This year’s meeting also set aside time for a mentorship breakfast and networking lunch, as well as social time at the poster session and the early morning run on Saturday. There was a global health initiative session and our innovations in collaborative care presentations. We rounded out the meeting with lectures on HIV medicine, updates on marijuana in the medical setting, adolescent medicine, and reverse colocation, exercise-associated hyponatremia and overtraining syndrome. We want to thank Drs. John Onate and Michael Lang, who co-chaired the annual meeting committee for their excellent work this year!

Awards Presented

Lifetime Achievement Award – Jurgen Unutzer, MD, MPH, MA, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington.

Kathol ECP Award – Martha Ward, MD, Assistant Professor Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine

Fenton Award – Shanna Stryker, MD, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Poster Winners:

  • Global Health: Colin Smith, MD, Duke University – The effect of group support psychotherapy on coping strategies of persons with HIV and depression in northern Uganda: secondary data analysis of a randomized clinical trial.
  • Case Reports: Boris Kiselev, MD, Medical University of South Carolina – Treatment of Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome / Abdominal Hypersensitivity with Low Dose Naltrexone and Acceptance Commitment Therapy.
  • Original Research: Tom Heinrich, MD, Professor in Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical College of Wisconsin – Improving the Validity of Delirium Screening: A Quality Improvement Project.

Vignette Competition: Gabriel N. Fette, MD, MPH, Tulane University School of Medicine Internal Medicine & Psychiatry Resident – Not-So-Total Parenteral Nutrition

Student Travel Awards:

  • Marshall Ash, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Trevor Cline, University of California at Davis, School of Medicine
  • Allen Rodriguez, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles

Innovative Care Model:

  • Winners:
    • Aaron Pinkhasov, MD, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center
    • Carrie Cunningham, MD, UCSF Sequential Training in FM and Psychiatry Fellowship
  • Honorable Mention
    • Laura Miller, MD, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital

We are already busy planning next year’s meeting, SAVE THE DATE! 2018 Annual Meeting of the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry is being planned for October 12-13, 2018! Details confirming dates and announcing location will be coming soon in an email and on the website. The theme of the 2018 meeting is taken from Dr. Ludmerer’s opening remarks and will be PROVIDING COMPASSIONATE CARE TO THE WHOLE PATIENT. We are already at work planning a meeting in hopes of incorporating longer breaks, more opportunities to network, discussions about maintaining wellness and engagement, and opportunities to get involved!

If you are interested in becoming more active in AMP, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Executive Director at manager@assocmedpsych.org or to Dr. Jane Gagliardi at jane.gagliardi@duke.edu! We are always glad to receive updates about individual, programmatic, educational, clinical, and/or research goings-on and appreciate your updates for communication in the newsletter, as well!