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Third Annual Psychopharmacology Update

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, and more. 

This activity is supported by independent educational grants from Allergan, Ironshore, Lundbeck, Merck, Otsuka, Shire, and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals. 

Room Block at JW Marriott Essex House
Please note, the room block at the meeting venue has sold out.  



Program Overview

Pharmacotherapy is the mainstay of treatment for psychiatric illnesses. 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, and pharmacists who care for patients with psychiatric illnesses. 


CME/CE Information

Educational Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

-Employ the appropriate treatment of substance dependence
-Evaluate the role of innovative treatments in treatment resistant depression
-Implement evidence based pharmacotherapy for mood disorders
-Execute evidence based pharmacotherapy for schizophrenia
-Carry out evidence based pharmacotherapy for ADHD
-Implement evidence based pharmacotherapy for anxiety disorders
-Realize evidence based pharmacotherapy for sleep disorders
-Execute evidence based pharmacotherapy for binge eating disorder
-Assess latest advances in treatment of antipsychotic induced movement disorders
-Implement evidence based pharmacotherapy for premenstrual, postpartum and perimenopausal depression
-Provide appropriate care and counsel for patients and their families


Physician Continuing Medical Education

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. The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Continuing Psychology 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.

This program offers 15.0 continuing education credits for psychologists.


Continuing Pharmacy Education

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

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this continuing education activity for 15.0 contact hour(s) (1.50 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.


Universal Activity Numbers:

  • Friday AM: 0809-9999-17-703-L01-P; Application, 4.0 hours

  • Friday PM: 0809-9999-17-704-L01-P; Knowledge, 4.0 hours

  • Saturday AM: 0809-9999-17-705-L01-P; Application, 4.0 hours

  • Saturday PM: 0809-9999-17-706-L01-P; Application, 3.0 hours


Continuing Nursing Education

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

This educational activity for 15.0 contact hours is provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine. Pharmacotherapy contact hours for Advance Practice Registered Nurses to be determined. 


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 (ie, physical, dietary, etc). Please contact Angela Masand prior to the live event at [email protected]


Fee Information

There is no fee for this educational activity.


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.


For Pharmacists: Upon receipt of the completed activity evaluation form, you will receive an email from [email protected] within 4 weeks with a link and directions to submit your credit to the NABP CPE Monitor Service. 


Program Agenda

Tentative Agenda


Day 1 - Friday, September 8

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

8:15 - 8:30 AM: Opening Remarks 

8:30 - 9:30 AM: Keynote Address: "How Do Antidepressants Work: From Receptors to Clinical Response" - Alan Schatzberg, MD (Stanford University) 

9:30 - 10:30 AM: “Pharmacotherapies for Psychiatric Disorders: What Does the Future Hold?" - Roger McIntyre, MD (Univesrity of Toronto)  

10:30 - 11:30 AM: “Pharmacotherapy of Schizophrenia” - Oliver Freudenreich, MD (Harvard)

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 Premenstrual, Menopausal and Postpartum Depression” - Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD (UNC Chapel Hill) 

3:00 – 4:00 PM: "Pharmacotherapy of Binge Eating Disorder" - Susan McElroy MD (University of Cincinnati)

4:00 – 5:00 PM: “Pharmacotherapy of Insomnia and Narcolepsy” - Michael Thorpy, MD (Montefiore Medical Center) 

5.00 – 6.00 PM:  "Pharmacotherapy of Antipsychotic Induced Movement Disorders" - Prakash Masand, MD (Duke-NUS)


Day 2 - Saturday, September 9

7:30 – 8:30 AM: Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 AM: “Pharmacotherapy of Bipolar Spectrum Disorders" - Joseph Goldberg, MD (Mt. Sinai)

9:30 – 10:30 AM: “Pharmacotherapy of Treatment Resistant Mood Disorders” - Dan Iosifescu, MD (NYU) 

10:30 – 11:30 AM: "Role of Long-Acting Injectables in Psychiatric Illness" - Joseph McEvoy, MD (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 Substance Abuse Disorders in Psychiatric Patients" - Ashwin Patkar, MD (Duke)

3:00 – 4:00 PM: “Pharmacotherapy of ADHD Across the Life Span” - Anthony Rostain, MD (University of Pennsylvania)

4:00 – 5:00 PM: "Pharmacotherapy of Anxiety Disorders" - Greg Mattingly, MD (Washington University)


*Note, tentative agenda, subject to change.

Faculty Members Scheduled to Attend

Oliver Freudenreich, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Joseph F. Goldberg, MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai
Dan Iosifescu, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine
Prakash Masand, MD
Chairman and CEO, Global Medical Education
Adjunct Professor, Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School
Greg Mattingly, MD
Associate Clinical Professor, Washington University School of Medicine
Susan McElroy, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati College 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
Samantha Meltzer-Brody
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina
Ashwin A. Patkar, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Duke University
Anthony Rostain, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine
Alan Schatzberg, MD
Kenneth T. Norris, Jr. Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
Michael J. Thorpy, MD
Professor of Clinical Neurology, Montefiore Medical Center

Location and Date

JW Marriott Essex House
160 Central Park South
New York, NY

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