Conferences and Presentations

drop of water with ripplesLidia Zylowska, MD gave a Grand Rounds lecture in April at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. The topic of her lecture was Mindfulness Training in Treatment of Adult ADHD.

Anna Parenteau and Sarah LoewThe 2018 Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health Conference was held in Duluth on April 15-17. Kristina Reigstad, PsyD, gave a presentation on Parent-Based Attachment Intervention Targeting Adolescent Depression: Development and Preliminary Research Findings. Katie Lingras, PhD, gave a talk on Best Practices for Supporting Infant/Toddler Social-Emotional Development in the Classroom. They were joined by Anna Parenteau and Sarah Loew, research coordinators for the department, who staffed a table that featured a display showing our newest faculty members and offered many brochures describing our Discovery Programs and Specialty Clinics. 

Dr. Stein, Dr. Cullen, Dr. EinzigDr. Katie Cullen, Dr. Josh Stein (former resident and fellow), Ewa Bieber (a fellow at Mayo), and Dr. David Einzig from Children’s, traveled to Washington, DC to lobby for Children's Mental Health at the 2018 AACAP Legislative Conference & Assembly Meeting, which took place on April 8-9. 

This year's American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT) annual meeting was held in New Orleans on March 1-3, 2018. The Department of Psychiatry was well represented and made several excellent contributions. Below is a summary of the work presented:

  • Presentation for the New Program Administrators University, Jennifer Janacek, M.Ed.
  • Presentation for the Lifer Program Administrators University, How to Deal with People Who Are Difficult For You, Kaz J. Nelson, M.D.
  • 2018 National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative BRAIN CONFERENCE facilitator, Kaz J. Nelson, MD
  • Educational Workshops: Teaching teachers the Interview Arc- a concise and elegant model for engaging learners in the patient interview, Presenters Katharine Nelson, MD, University of Minnesota (Co-Leader) Lora Wichser, MD, University of Minnesota (Co-Leader) Jonathan Homans, MD, University of Minnesota (Co-Leader)
  • Educational Workshop: From PowerPoint to Milestone Toolkit: Three Easy Steps to a “Mini” Model Curriculum, Presenters Katharine Nelson, MD, University of Minnesota (Co-Leader) Jacqueline Hobbs, MD,PhD,
  • Educational Workshops: Improving psychotherapy supervision using the A-MAP and the AADPRT Empathy Toolbox Presenters Erin Crocker, MD, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (Leader) Richelle Moen, PhD, University of Minnesota (Co-Leader)
  • Posters: A Problem Based Learning Approach to Teaching Landmark Studies in a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program, Presenters Afshan Anjum, MBBS, University of Minnesota (Leader) Catherine Steingraeber, MD, University of Minnesota (Co-Leader) Claire Garber, DO, University of Minnesota (Leader)
  • Posters: A Resident-Led Curriculum Addressing Physician Mistreatment, Presenters Laura Pientka, DO, (Leader) Rana Elmaghraby, MD, (Co-Leader) Derek LeRoux Smith, MD, (Co-Leader) Ozra Nobari, MD, (Co-Leader) Katharine Nelson, MD, University of Minnesota (Co-Leader)
  • Posters: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Boot Camp: A clinical orientation for new fellows, Presenters Afshan Anjum, MBBS, University of Minnesota (Leader) Travis Fahrenkamp, MD, University of Minnesota (Co-Leader) Derek Leroux Smith, MD, University of Minnesota (Co-Leader)
  • Posters: Pursuing wellness: A dual curriculum for prevention and early detection of resident burnout Presenters Rana Elmaghraby, MD, University of Minnesota (Leader) Ozra Nobari, MD, University of Minnesota (Co-Leader) Katharine Nelson, MD, University of Minnesota (Co-Leader)

Dr. Gonzalez has been featured on the University of Wisconsin website!

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A poster, titled "Medicine Safety for Children and Teens: We All Play a Role," was distributed at the booth at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition in September and raised questions about how pediatric providers can locate and educate families about easy ways to dispose of unused opioids in their community. The danger of uncontolled access to prescription medication is discussed by Drs. Lucien Gonzalez, Rita Agarwal, and Constance Houck in a recent article in the AAP News, Poster created to promote safe storage, disposal of Rx

Second-year resident Ozra Nobari, MD received an AACAP Educational Outreach Program for Child and Adolescent Residents award. This award provided the opportunity for child and adolescent psychiatry residents to receive a formal overview to the  field of child and adolescent psychiatry, establish child and adolescent psychiatrists as mentors, and experience the AACAP Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, October 23 – October 28, 2017. Participants were exposed to the breadth and depth of the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, including research opportunities, access to mentors, and various networking opportunities.

Ann Haynos, PhD received the the International Global Foundation for Eating Disorders/Eating Disorder Research Society Award for Postdoctoral Young Scientists for her abstract, "Reward, Habit, or Both? Insights from Resting State Synchrony of Neural Circuitry in Anorexia Nervosa" (co-authors include Carol Peterson, Scott Crow, Jazmin Camchong, Katie Cullen, and Kelvin Lim). This award allowed her to present these data at the Top Abstracts paper session at the International Eating Disorder Research Society conference in Leipzig, Germany in September 2017.

The Dept of Psychiatry was well represented at the Association for Academic Psychiatry Annual Meeting in September. This is a small, but highly visible, conference focused on education and scholarly work in psychiatry. Attendees included Drs. Adnan Ahmed, Jonathan Homans, Lora Wichser, Laura Pientka, and Ozra Nobari. Drs. Amber Frank and Scott Oakman also attended. Dr. Erick Hung from UCSF, our keynote speaker for the upcoming Education Retreat on Nov 8th was also in attendance.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Our poster authored by Drs. Pientka, Elmaghraby, Nobari, LeRoux Smith, and Nelson won an honorable mention for the poster contest. "Taking the "High Road" Addressing Physician Maltreatment"
  • Drs. Wichser, Homans and Nelson presented a wildly popular workshop featuring our original concept entitled, "Teaching Teachers the Interview Arc: A concise and elegant model for engaging learners in the patient interview"
  • Dr.Katharine Nelson won the Twitter contest for the most tweets with the hashtag #AAPinCO. Check out this Hashtag to see what people were talking about during the conference and to see several photos of our team!

Everyone had a great time and the University of Minnesota is increasingly 'on the map' for innovation in quality of educational programming.

Susan McCarthy, MD, Assistant Professor and Clerkship Director, along with Serena Sherrell, Medical Student & Forensic Fellowship Administrator were joined by Kate Walia, MD Clerkship Director at SUNY and Katie Stuenzi, Clerkship Administrator at SUNY to give a group presentation at the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP) annual meeting in June. The title of their presentation was, The Role of the Clerkship Team in Faculty Development, Recruitment and Retention: Programs in Transition. 

Lucien Gonzalez, MD, Assistant Professor, gave the Julia Berg Memorial Lecture on Adolescent Mental Health at the "Topics and Advances in Pediatrics" conference that was held on June 1 & 2, 2017. 

Rana Elmaghraby, MDRana Elmaghraby, MD, a PGY-1 resident, presented two posters at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2017 annual meeting, which was held in San Diego May 20-24, 2017. One of her posters was titled, “Pokemon God and Psychosis: Bringing Augmented Reality to the Forefront” and discusses utilizing augmented reality for young patients with first episode psychosis as a means of therapeutic behavioral activation.

Nathan SchreinerNathan Scheiner, who is a medical student, was supported by the Department of Psychiatry Nissen funds to attend the APA conference based on his poster entitled, "A Case of PTSD and Suicide Attempt Post-Transplant: Role of Interventional Psychotherapy".

Rana Elmaghraby, MD, a PGY-1 resident, presented her poster, “Pokemon God and Psychosis: Bringing Augmented Reality to the Forefront,” at the 16th International Congress on Schizophrenia Research in San Diego, March 24-28, 2017

Katharine Nelson, MD, Assistant Professor, presented on the topic of Phamacotherapies for Personality Disorders at the 107th Annual Meeting of the American PsychoPathological Association March 2-4, 2017 in New York. The theme for the 2017 meeting is: Personality and Personality Disorders: Foundations of Pathology, Pathways to Health.