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First Annual Psychopharmacology Update

First Annual Psychopharmacology Update
Saturday, January 10, 2015
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

The Westin Ft. Lauderdale
400 Corporate Drive 
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334 

Jointly provided by Global Medical Education and Postgraduate Institute for Medicine.
Supported by independent educational grants from Alkermes, Forest pharmaceuticals, and Sunovion pharmaceuticals.

Join fellow healthcare professionals for this symposium featuring the world's leading experts who will discuss the latest advances in the pharmacotherapy of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, dementia and alcohol dependence. 

Hotel Block
GME has arranged a limited number of discounted rooms for attendees of this meeting.  For those who are interested in booking a room, please visit the Westin's special reservation page for this meeting.  Please note, this offer is available through December 19, 2014, and is subject to availability.  





Jointly provided by Global Medical Education and Postgraduate Institute for Medicine.
Supported by independent educational grants from Alkermes, Forest pharmaceuticals, and Sunovion pharmaceuticals.

Program Overview

Pharmacotherapy is the mainstay of treatment for psychiatric illnesses. Unfortunately clinicians practice non evidence based pharmacotherapy in the real world. The consequences of undertreatment include poor prognosis, difficulties in interpersonal, occupational and social functioning and suicide. There are several factors contributing to undertreatment. Provider factors include poor professional school education, limited training in interpersonal skills, stigma, inadequate time to evaluate and treat psychiatric illnesses, failure to consider psychotherapeutic approaches, and prescription of inadequate doses of medications for inadequate durations. As an example less than 15% of patients receive guideline concordant care for depression. Another example is the misdiagnosis of patients with bipolar depression as having major depression with needless trials of antidepressants rather than evidence based treatments for bipolar depression. Certain ethnic groups like African Americans, Mexican Americans and Caribbean Blacks are even less likely to receive care. The same is true in patients with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Global Medical Education and Postgraduate Institute of Medicine (PIM ) recently surveyed more than 3,500 CME activity participants on what clinical issues/problems within their scope of practice they would like to see addressed in future educational activities. A significant percentage of respondents reported the following topics as areas of interest: ADHD in children and adults, role of rTMS treatments in psychiatry, neurobiology for psychopharmacology, treating schizophrenia particularly residual negative and cognitive symptoms, safety of psychotropics in pregnancy, mood disorders in children and adolescents, and pharmacotherapy in the following areas: geriatrics, bipolar depression and mixed states, treatment resistant depression particularly for residual cognitive symptoms, eating disorders including binge eating disorder, and sleep disorders particularly hypnotics with new mechanisms of action.

There are several unmet needs in the treatment of bipolar disorder as elicited by clinician survey. A recent survey of more than 200 PCP’s and psychiatrists attending CME meetings in May 2014 found that 19% of PCP’s and 59% of psychiatrists always ask about mania in patients presenting with depression. Only 2%-3% of PCP’s were confident about screening patients for bipolar disorder and only 14% of PCP’s and 44% of psychiatrists were quite confident of recognizing symptoms of bipolar depression. In terms of treating bipolar depression only 2% of PCP’s and 62% of psychiatrists were quite familiar with approved treatment options for bipolar depression. Moreover only 25% of PCP’s knew that antidepressants added to a mood stabilizer was not superior to adding placebo in bipolar depression.

With the availability of several choices of medications even within the same class the clinician has difficulty choosing the best evidence based treatment that takes into consideration not just efficacy but also side effects and costs. Certain symptom domains like cognitive disturbances in major depression and schizophrenia that may be a cause of low rates of remission and increased rates of recurrence can now be targeted with newer antidepressants and potentially innovative adjuncts like alpha7 agonists which may also have utility in patients with dementia. Furthermore studies including the STAR-D, STEP-BD and CATIE trials have demonstrated that even after several levels of treatment a significant proportion of patients do not achieve remission in depression, bipolar disorders and schizophrenia. The use of evidence based augmentation strategies like L-methylfolate and atypical antipsychotics (including newer agents with a more favorable side effect profile) should be used rather than non-evidence based treatments like bupropion, buspirone, and combination of antidepressants. Familiarity with new and innovative approaches including neuromodulatory treatments particularly rTms to manage treatment resistant populations are warranted but based on the evidence and not conjecture. This unfortunately does not occur in the real world with costs to the patients, families and payors. Use of neuromodulatory treatments in dementia, ADHD, substance abuse, and eating disorders will also be discussed. New agents in development that target negative and cognitive disturbances in patients with schizophrenia will also be discussed. This is one of the great unmet needs in the treatment of schizophrenia.

In certain disorders there is concern in the lay media about overdiagnosis ( eg. ADHD) and overtreatment, such as in children and adolescents, pregnant and nursing mothers, and in the elderly particularly with regard to stimulants, antidepressants and antipsychotics. Unfortunately the evidence base is often ignored in the consideration of the judicious use of psychotropics in accurately diagnosed populations which this symposium will address. Controversies and myths surrounding the treatment of these populations will be discussed. New and innovative treatments including use of dopamine-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors in ADHD will be discussed.

According to the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institutes of Health, about 30-40% of adults say they have some symptoms of insomnia within a given year, and about 10-15 percent of adults say they have chronic insomnia. Unfortunately many psychiatric patients have insomnia as a symptom of the psychiatric illness or often as a side effect of the medications. Choosing evidence based treatments with the least risk of dependence and disruptive day time effects particularly on alertness and cognition is key to the management of the psychiatric illness. New and unique mechanisms of action for treating sleep disorders will also be discussed.

There are many unmet needs in the treatment of eating disorders including binge eating disorder a diagnosis new to DSM-5. Non pharmacological therapies including CBT, DBT and IPT have limited ability to produce remission. New and innovative treatments are being studied for the pharmacotherapy of eating disorders that this symposium will address.

Non adherence is a pernicious concern in patients with psychiatric illnesses. Innovative approaches including the use of injectable long acting medications are under-utilized in the US. The symposium will address the evidence base for these treatments in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and substance abuse.

There are marked differences in the receptor pharmacology of psychotropics leading to differences in efficacy and side effects. The symposium will address our understanding of the neurobiology of psychiatric illnesses and hypothesis of how these medications work including their effects on synaptic function, gene expression and neurotrophic factors.

The symposium will also address the role of non-pharmacological treatments that busy psychopharmacologists can incorporate into their practice that will enhance remission and improve outcomes. The important role of the therapeutic alliance will be emphasized throughout this symposium.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses who care for patients with psychiatric illnesses.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of the activity, participants should be better able to:

1. Explain the effects of pharmacotherapy on synaptic transmission, genetic expression and BDNF

2. Implement evidence based pharmacotherapy for ADHD, mood, anxiety ,BED, and psychotic disorders

3. Assess the latest advances in the use of psychotropics in children, adolescents, elderly and women.

4. Employ the appropriate treatment of insomnia and substance use disorders

5. Evaluate the role of neuromodulatory treatments in treatment resistant psychiatric illnesses

6. Provide appropriate care and counsel for patients and their families

Physician Continuing Medical Education
Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Global Medical Education.  Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Continuing Education
Credit Designation
This educational activity for 6 contact hours is provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine.
2.9 pharmacotherapy contact hours is provided for Advance Practice Registered Nurses. 

Accreditation Statement
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

California Board of Registered Nursing
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 13485, for 6.0 contact hours. 

A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and will be emailed to you within three weeks.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy.  The existence or absence of COI for everyone in a position to control content will be disclosed to participants prior to the start of each activity.

Americans with Disabilities Act 
Event staff will be glad to assist you with any special needs (i.e.: physical, dietary, etc.). Please contact Angela Masand prior to the live event at (212) 633-0003.

Fee Information
There is no fee associated with this symposium.


Program Agenda

Saturday, January 10, 2015

7:30-8:45 AM: Breakfast

8:45-9:00 AM: Welcome and Introduction
Prakash Masand, MD (Global Medical Education)

9:00-9:45 AM: Pharmacotherapy of Anxiety Disorders
Rakesh Jain, MD (University of Texas)

9:45-10:30 AM: Pharmacotherapy of Depression: State of the Art and Future Directions
Michael Thase, MD (University of Penn.)

10:30-11:00AM: Coffee Break

11:00-11:45 AM: Pharmacotherapy of Bipolar Disorders
Roger McIntyre, MD (University of Toronto)

11:45-12:30 PM: Panel Discussion:
Rakesh Jain, MD
Michael Thase, MD
Roger McIntyre, MD

12:30-2:00 PM: Professional Medical Educational Luncheon Symposium (Non-CME)

2:00-2:45PM: Treating Schizophrenia in the Real World to Improve Outcomes
Joseph McEvoy, MD (Georgia Regents University)

2:45-3:30PM: Pharmacotherapy in the Dementia Patient
Davangere P. Devanand, MD (Columbia University)

3:30-4:00PM: Coffee Break

4:00- 4:45PM: Pharmacotherapy of Alcohol Use Disorders
Roger Weiss, MD (Harvard Medical School)

4:45-5:30 PM: Panel Discussion

Joseph McEvoy, MD
Davangere P. Devanand, MD
Roger Weiss, MD                                                                                    

 *subject to change

Faculty Members Scheduled to Attend

Davangere P. Devanand, MD
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology
Columbia University
Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Texas Tech University School of Medicine
Joseph P. McEvoy, MD
Case Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry
Augusta University Health
Roger S. McIntyre, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology
University of Toronto
Roger Weiss, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Michael Thase, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

First Annual Psychopharmacology Update Presentation Slides

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Ft. Lauderdale, FL


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