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Mood Disorders Summit

SOLD OUT!  Thank you to everyone who registered for our Second Annual Mood Disorders Summit!  The wait list for this event is closed.  To be added to GME's email list and be notified about future events, please email us at [email protected]


Mood Disorders Summit

Friday, December 11 - Saturday, December 12, 2015
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

The Biltmore Hotel
1210 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134 

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

Supported by independent educational grants from Astra-Zeneca, Forest, Lundbeck, Sunovion, and Takeda pharmaceuticals.

Join fellow healthcare professionals and learn from the world’s leading experts at this comprehensive two-day conference, which will explore state of the art diagnostic and therapeutic issues in patients with mood disorders. 

Hotel Room Block
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: 305-445-1926 or toll free 1 800-727-1926







Program Overview
The Mood Disorders Summit will explore state of the art diagnostic and therapeutic issues in patients with mood disorders. This will include reasons for missed diagnosis, changes in DSM-5, and the effects of culture on the diagnosis and treatment. The latest advances in treating all phase of the illness, including non-pharmacological therapies, metabolic side effects of therapies and strategies to make patients active collaborators in their care will be discussed.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, psychologists, and social workers who care for patients with mood disorders.

Educational objectives:

  1. Identify reasons for the misdiagnosis of mood disorders 
  2. Identify the factors contributing to treatment resistant depression and evidence based strategies to treat it
  3. Implement evidence based strategies including personalization to treat MDD to remission of all symptom domains particularly cognitive dysfunction
  4. Implement evidence based treatments for cognitive disturbances and obesity in mood disorder patients
  5. Provide appropriate care and counsel for patients and their families
  6. 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 13.00 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 13.0 contact hour(s) (1.30 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Universal Activity Numbers:
•0809-9999-15-274-L01-P – Friday AM Sessions, 4.0 hours
•0809-9999-15-275-L01-P – Friday PM Sessions, 2.0 hours
•0809-9999-15-276-L01-P – Saturday AM Sessions, 4.0 hours
•0809-9999-15-277-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 13.0 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.

AANP Continuing Education
This program is approved for 11.0 contact hour(s) of continuing education (which includes 7.63 hours of pharmacology) by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  Program ID 1510443. This program was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies.

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 13.0 continuing education credits for psychologists.

Social Worker/Marriage Counselor/Family Therapist Continuing Education

Course meets the qualifications for up to 13.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, Provider Number 5114.

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. Attendees will received complimentary breakfast and lunch.

Program Agenda

Day 1

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

8:15 - 8:30 AM: Opening Remarks by Chair, Roger McIntyre, M.D. (University of Toronto)

8:30 - 9:30 AM: Keynote Address - Linea Johnson, co-author of "Perfect Chaos: A Daughter's Journey to Survive Bipolar, A Mother's Struggle to Save Her." 

9:30 - 10:30 AM: “DSM-5 Changes in Mood Disorders: The Back Story” Jan Fawcett, M.D. (University of New Mexico)

10:30 - 11:30 AM: “Managing Bipolar Depression Spectrum Disorders Over the Long Term” Trisha Suppes, MD (Stanford 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 - see below for topics and presenters)

12:45-2:00 PM: Lunch

2:00 – 3:00 PM: "Perinatal Mood Disorders" Marlene Freeman, M.D. (Harvard University)

3:00 – 4:00 PM:  “Lessons from STAR-D on the Management of Major Depression” A. John Rush, M.D. (University of New Mexico)

4:00 – 5:00 PM: “Treating Mood Disorders; What Does the Future Hold?” Alan Schatzberg, MD (Stanford University)

5:00 - 6:30 PM:  Special Program hosted by the Sunovion Medical Affairs Team (hors d'oeuvres provided)


*Day 1 Hot Topics

Dr. Alan Schatzberg: “Ketamine Treatment in Depression: How Risky is it? Does the Emperor Have New Clothes?”

Dr. John Rush: “Should Measurement-Based Care Become Routine Practice?”

Dr. Marlene Freeman: “The New FDA Labeling for Pregnancy: Better or Worse? What Psychiatrists Need to Know About the New Labeling System”

Dr. Trisha Suppes: “Mixed Specifier – Boon to Pharma or Clinical Reality”

Dr. Jan Fawcett: “Acute Predictors of Suicide and Management”


Day 2

7:30 – 8:30 AM: Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 AM: “How Do Antidepressants Work? A Clinical Perspective” Michael Thase M.D.  (U. Penn.)

9:30 – 10:30 AM: “Treatment Resistant Mood Disorders: State of the Art” Dan Iosifescu, M.D. (Mt. Sinai NY)

10:30 – 11:30 AM: “Evidence-Based Treatment of Bipolar Mania” Paul Keck, M.D. (Univ of Cincinnati) 

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 - see below for topics and presenters)

12:45 – 2:00 PM:  Lunch

2:00 – 3:00 PM: “Treating the Obesity Connection in Mood Disorder Patients” Roger McIntyre, M.D. (Univ. of Toronto)

3:00 – 4:00 PM: “Cognition and Mood Disorders: The Next Frontier” Richard Keefe, Ph.D. (Duke University)

4:00 – 5:00 PM: "Personalizing the Treatment of Depression in Clinical Practice: Are We There Yet?” Vladimir Maletic, MD (Duke University)

*Note, tentative agenda, subject to change


**Day 2 Hot Topics

Dr. Vladimir Maletic: “Is Genetic Testing Ready for Prime Time?”

Dr. Richard Keefe: “How To Assess Cognition and Functioning in Five Minutes. Time’s Up.”

Dr. Roger McIntyre: “Major Trends in Psychiatry in the Next 10 Years.”

Dr. Paul Keck: “What is the Role of Lithium in 2015?”

Dr. Dan Iosifescu: “Is Two Weeks Too Early to Change Treatment in MDD?”

Dr. Michael Thase: “Why Can’t We Agree on a DSM-5 Disgnosis of MDD?”






Faculty Members Scheduled to Attend

Jan Fawcett, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
University of New Mexico
Marlene Freeman, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Dan Iosifescu, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine
Paul Keck, Jr., MD
Craig and Frances Lindner Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Richard Keefe, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry,Duke University Medical Center
Vladimir Maletic, MD, MS
Clinical Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of South Carolina School of Medicine
A. John Rush, MD
Professor Emeritus, National University of Singapore, Duke-NUS
Alan Schatzberg, MD
Kenneth T. Norris, Jr. Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
Trisha Suppes, MD, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University
Michael Thase, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Location and Date

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11-12, 2015
The Biltmore Hotel
1210 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables, FL

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