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Second Annual Psychopharmacology Update

SOLD OUT!  Thanks to the hundreds who have registered for this meeting.  If you are interested in joining the wait list, please email your full contact information to [email protected].  

Second Annual Psychopharmacology Update
Friday, February 5 - Saturday, February 6, 2016
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM 

JW Marriott Camelback Inn
5402 East Lincoln Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Jointly provided by Global Medical Education and Postgraduate Institute for Medicine.

Supported by independent educational grants from Alkermes, Avanir, Forest, Forum, Neurocrine Biosciences, 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 Room Block at the J.W. Marriott Camelback Inn
The discounted room block for this event is sold out and no longer available.  To inquire about availability at the hotel, please contact their reservation line by calling: 480-948-1700.

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Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town (480) 945-1550
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SOLD OUT!  Thanks to the hundreds who have registered for this meeting.  If you are interested in joining the wait list, please email your full contact information to [email protected].  

Jointly provided by Global Medical Education and Postgraduate Institute for Medicine.


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, registered nurses, psychologists, social workers, and pharmacists 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, 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

7. Provide accurate and appropriate counsel as part of the treatment team.

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 13 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Pharmacy Continuing Education

Accreditation Statement
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Credit Designation
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this continuing education activity for 13 contact hour(s) (1.3 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Universal Activity Numbers

  • • 0809-9999-16-002-L01-P – Friday AM Sessions, 4.0 hours
  • • 0809-9999-16-003-L01-P – Friday PM Sessions, 3.0 hours
  • • 0809-9999-16-004-L01-P – Saturday AM Sessions, 3.0 hours
  • • 0809-9999-16-005-L01-P – Saturday PM Sessions, 3.0 hours

Type of Activity: Application

For Pharmacists: Upon receipt of the completed activity evaluation form, you will receive an email from the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine within 3 weeks with a link and directions to submit your credit to the NABP CPE Monitor Service.

Nursing Continuing Education

Credit Designation
This educational activity for 13 contact hours is provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine.

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 13 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.

Psychologist Continuing Education

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  PIM maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Credit Designation

This program offers 13 continuing education credits for psychologists.

Social Worker Continuing Education

This activity is pending approval from the National Association of Social Workers.

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 for this educational activity.


Program Agenda

Day 1

7:30 - 8:15 AM: Registration and Breakfast

8:15 - 8:30 AM: Opening Remarks by Chair, Prakash Masand, M.D. (Global Medical Education)

8:30 - 9:30 AM: Keynote Address: “How Do Antidepressants Work?” Alan Schatzberg, M.D. (Stanford University)

9:30 - 10:30 AM: “Pharmacotherapy of Depressive Spectrum Disorders” Michael Thase, M.D. (University of Penn)

10:30 - 11:30 AM: "Management of Antipsychotic Induced Movement Disorders" Joe McEvoy, M.D. ( Georgia Regents University)

11:30 - 11:45 AM: Coffee Break

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM:  Hot Topics (Six clinically relevant and topical issues for 8 minutes each)

12:45-2:00 PM: Lunch

2:00 – 3:00 PM: “Pharmacotherapy of Menopausal Depression and PMDD” Marlene Freeman, M.D. (Harvard University)

3:00 – 4:00 PM: “Pharmacotherapy of Schizophrenia” Oliver Freudenreich, M.D. (Mass General Hospital)

4:00 – 5:00 PM: “Pharmacotherapy of Sleep Disorders” Karl Doghramji, M.D. (Jefferson University)


Day 2

7:30 – 8:30 AM: Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 AM: “Pharmacotherapy of Anxiety Disorders," Rakesh Jain, MD (Texas Tech)

9:30 – 10:30 AM: “Pharmacotherapy of Treatment Resistant Major Depression” Dan Iosifescu, M.D. (Mt. Sinai NY)

10:30 – 11:30 AM: “Pharmacotherapy of Bipolar Spectrum Disorders" Joseph Goldberg, MD (Mt Sinai NY)

11:30 -11:45 AM: Coffee Break

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM: Hot Topics (Six clinically relevant and topical issues for 8 minutes each)

12:45 – 2:00 PM:  Lunch

2:00 – 3:00 PM: “Pharmacotherapy of ADHD Across the Life Cycle” Craig Surman, M.D. (Mass General Hospital)

3:00 – 4:00 PM: “Pseudobulbar Affect: What Psychiatrists Should Know"” Sanjay Gupta, M.D. (SUNY Syracuse) 


*Note, tentative agenda, subject to change.

Faculty Members Scheduled to Attend

Karl Doghramji, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Medicine,Thomas Jefferson University
Marlene Freeman, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Oliver Freudenreich, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Joseph F. Goldberg, MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai
Sanjay Gupta, MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
SUNY Buffalo
Dan Iosifescu, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine
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
Ashwin A. Patkar, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Duke University
Alan Schatzberg, MD
Kenneth T. Norris, Jr. Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
Craig Surman, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Michael Thase, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Location and Date

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 05-06, 2016
JW Marriott Camelback Inn
5402 East Lincoln Drive
Scottsdale, AZ

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