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Psychotropic Medication and Osteoporosis

Sylvia R. Karasu, M.D.Osteoporosis is a serious, progressive, and potentially disabling disorder that affects both men and women and can occur at any age, though most commonly it affects the elderly and particularly women after menopause. Signs and symptoms can include back pain; bone fragility due to low bone mineral density fractures (most commonly at the spine, hip, distal radius, and proximal humerus) that occur without significant accompanying trauma; and deformity. Read more.

Sylvia R. Karasu, M.D., is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and senior author of The Gravity of Weight, a comprehensive textbook on the science of weight control, available from American Psychiatric Publishing, which members can order at a discount here.


Understanding Military Culture: Free Webinar

FlagIn observance of Veterans Day, APA is cosponsoring a webinar that will help APA members and other health care professionals provide more effective care to members of the military and veterans. The free webinar, "Military Culture Counts: What Health Care Providers Need to Know in Assisting Service Members and Veterans," will be held on Monday, November 10, from noon to 1 p.m. The organizations partnering with APA are the Association of American Medical Colleges and Joining Forces, a public-private partnership created by First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, Ed.D., to improve the quality of life of members of the military, veterans, and their families.

Block out your schedule now to participate in this important educational experience to benefit those who have given selflessly to their country. Click here to learn about the presenters and to request registration information.

APA Members Offered Exclusive Registration Period

Annual Meeting to Be Held May 16 to 20 in Toronto

APA Annual Meeting Logo 2015Here's your chance to reserve a room at your first-choice hotel and ensure you get a space in the CME courses you most want to attend at APA's 2015 annual meeting in Toronto. From Tuesday, December 2, through Monday, December 15, APA members will have an exclusive opportunity to register, enroll in courses, and make hotel reservations for next spring's annual meeting. To access the annual meeting website, click here. More information is available by calling the APA Meetings and Conventions Department at (703) 907-7822 or by e-mailing apa@psych.org.

Learn More About Vitamin D

VitaminA conference to identify issues surrounding evidence-based decision making for vitamin D in primary care will be held December 2 and 3 on the main campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md. The conference discussions will highlight research gaps as well as data and methodological needs relevant to reducing uncertainties surrounding vitamin D. The conference, which will also be broadcast as a webinar, is sponsored by the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements along with cosponsors from 10 federal agencies. The program is especially aimed at researchers, clinical educators, those who develop clinical recommendations, and health care providers. Registration is required. Click here for more information.

New HIV Psychiatry CME Courses Available

HIVThere are a number of HIV Psychiatry CME courses now available from APA. Please note, these courses will help fill psychiatrist's licensure requirements in Washington, D.C., Kentucky, and Florida. For more information, click here.

Upgrades Coming to PsychiatryOnline

POLAPA's PsychiatryOnline website, the subscription portal through which readers can gain access to a wealth of content from American Psychiatric Publishing (APP), including the growing suite of DSM-5 products, textbooks, APA journals, and Psychiatric News, is moving to a new platform today (October 29).

While subscribers may notice a few small changes, their PsychiatryOnline experience will be largely the same. The new platform will allow APP to roll out numerous upgrades to the portal throughout 2015. New books on the site include Care of Military Service Members and Their Families, Clinical Manual of Geriatric Psychiatry, and Integrated Care: Working at the Interface of Primary Care and Behavioral Health. For subscription information, click here. Access to Psychiatric News and AJP remains free to APA members.

New Issue of Mental Health Works Now Available

Mental Health WorksThe latest issue of the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health's free quarterly newsletter, Mental Health Works, is now available online from the American Psychiatric Foundation. Among the highlights:

  • Employer Feature: Delta Air Lines Keeps Climbing and Caring
  • Labor Day: Reminder to Care About Our Workers
  • Special Feature: Autism
  • Insomnia Is Costly to the Workplace
  • Stamp Out Stigma in Your Workplace
Mental Health Works is available in both digital magazine and PDF form. To ensure that you receive Mental Health Works, click here.

Do You Have Samhainophobia? Here's Your Chance to Share

TwitterReaders of Irish descent know that Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween, which is Friday. (Halloween's origins lie in the folk rituals of the ancient Celts, who held a ceremony called Samhain to honor the harvest cycle.) What better day of the year is there to talk about phobias and clean out the cobwebs that may be haunting people or holding them back from living full lives? APA's next #YourMH @twitter chat isn't passing up this opportunity. Be there on Friday from noon to 1 p.m. ET. to offer comments and respond to questions from the public. To join, use #YourMH (stands for "Your Mental Health") or @apapsychiatric. If you haven't created a Twitter account yet, click here to do so now.


Research Mentoring Opportunity for Junior Investigators

Young doctorMentoring opportunities are available for qualified applicants to the APA 2015 Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators, to be held May 17 in Toronto. Successful applicants will receive a stipend to present their research in a one-day meeting with distinguished senior leaders in psychiatric research. Junior investigators will receive guidance, mentorship, and information on career development and grantsmanship. Apply by December 1. For details, click here.

2015 Distinguished Service Award Nominations Sought

AwardsThe Distinguished Service Award honors an APA member, nonmember, and/or organization that has contributed exceptional meritorious service to the field of psychiatry. Nominations must include the nominee's full name and contact information, along with a 150-word statement and a one- to two-page curriculum vitae describing the nominee's contributions to psychiatry. Nominations should be sent to ctobita@psych.org by October 31. For more information, click here.

Applications Sought for Improved 2015 Spurlock Congressional Fellowship

Jeanne SpurlockThe APA Jeanne Spurlock Congressional Fellowship is an opportunity for residents, fellows, and early career psychiatrists to represent the profession of psychiatry on Capitol Hill and work with federal policymakers to shape public policy. There is a new timeline for this fellowship, which now better aligns with the academic year (August 2015-June 2016). The new deadline for submitting an application is December 19.

More information and details on how to apply for the fellowship are available here.

Call for Nominations for MUR Caucuses

Caucus APA is seeking nominations for qualified candidates for the following APA caucus positions to represent these caucuses' interests in the APA Assembly: Caucus of Asian-American Psychiatrists; Caucus of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Psychiatrists; and Caucus of Women Psychiatrists. Nominations should be sent to diversityatapa@psych.org by November 3 and should include the nominee's name and contact information and a brief explanation of why the individual is qualified for this leadership role. (Self-nominations are accepted.) Nominees will be contacted to ensure their willingness to serve. For more details about the responsibilities of caucus officers and other information, click here or contact Alison Bondurant at (703) 907-8639 or diversityatapa@psych.org.

MUR Members: Get Ready for Next Year's Election

Drugs In APA's 2015 election, the position of minority and underrepresented (MUR) group trustee will appear on the ballot. Only enrolled members of the MUR caucuses can vote for the MUR trustee. Psychiatrists who identify with any of APA's recognized MUR groups and are not enrolled in a caucus are urged to join by December 1 so that they will receive a ballot that permits voting for this position. To join a caucus or check your caucus status, log on to online member profile, select Section 3: Current Practice and Professional Activities; and then go to question 3Fa APA Minority and Underrepresented Group Caucus Membership. Be sure to save your updated information. There are seven MUR caucuses: American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian, Asian American, Black, Hispanic, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual, International Medical Graduate, and Women.


Looking for Malpractice Insurance? APA Has the Answer

Wing The apa members-only malpractice insurance program, administered by American Professional Agency Inc. ("APA Inc."), is a medical malpractice program for mental health professionals, specifically psychiatrists. APA Inc. has been insuring psychiatrists for more than 30 years and offers members risk-management consultation services staffed by experienced professionals, as well as additional discounts and benefits. For additional information regarding insurance rates and coverage, visit american professional agency, inc.

Get Help With Secure Payment Solutions

Payment APA's member benefit for payment processing is TransFirst. With more than 15 years of experience, TransFirst offers innovative, industry-compliant point-of-sale (POS) and terminal products; wired, wireless, mobile, and Internet-based payment solutions; U.S. based merchant support 24/7; state-of-the-art security and data-protection technologies; and pricing structures for businesses of every size. TransFirst offers your practice one contract for all card brands, including American Express. Call TransFirst at (800) 613-0148 for a free savings analysis or visit its website for more information.

Legal Information and Consultation Available to APA Members

Enroll Early! Members who enroll by January 1, 2015, may deduct $25 from their fee.

GavelAs one of your member benefits, APA has an agreement with Anne Marie "Nancy" Wheeler, J.D., to offer confidential triage consultation on practice-related issues to APA members at a preferred rate. She will also provide names of local counsel when your issue requires representation or an opinion based on your state's law. All plan options include a quarterly enewsletter that covers legal issues related to the practice of psychiatry and includes an FAQ section. (This plan is not available to members residing in North Carolina.) For more information, click here.


Publications From American Psychiatric Publishing

Psychiatric News
Military Turns to Collaborative Care to Treat PTSD, Depression

Charles Engel, M.D.Charles Engel, M.D., a retired colonel and former associate professor of psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, describes his pioneering work on collaborative care in the military that led to the implementation of 15 large, high-deployment installations (42 primary care clinics) worldwide. The system is known as RESPECT-Mil (Re-Engineering Systems of Primary Care for PTSD and Depression in the Military). Read more.

For other Psychiatric News articles on integrated care, click here.


Participate in AJP's Journal Club

AJP CoverThe goal of the Journal Club is to facilitate the study of a major article in an APA scholarly journal and discuss it with other psychiatrists. A series of questions following a description of the article will help readers focus on its main points.

>>Modifying Resilience Mechanisms in At-Risk Individuals
Douglas C. Johnson, Ph.D., et al. (August 2014)

This article reviews the psychiatric manifestations of prion disease and the suggested approach to their treatment.

Discussion Questions:

1. Inefficient functioning in what system has been shown to play a critical role in the development of mood and anxiety disorders?
2. Increases in self-report of resilience characteristics in Marines were associated with reduced activation in what brain region during an emotion recognition task?
3. What are some of the strengths that mitigate limitations such as lack of an active placebo control group in this study?


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Book of the Week

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Fatal Pauses: Getting Unstuck Through the Power of No and the Power of Go

By Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D.

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Job Hunting Made Easy: Here’s Help

Job CentralFor current job opportunities from the job board at APA Job Central, click here. In addition to searching the site for available positions, APA members may post their resume, set up email job alerts, and access a "job seeker" account.


Psychiatric Services

Psychiatric Services

PS>>A Test of "Big Data"
With the increasing reliance on large databases in program planning, the authors tested whether altering inclusion criteria affected population estimates of major psychiatric disorders in a large sample of veterans.

>>Personal Experience Drives Support for Health Care Parity
A Web-based survey found that 69% of Americans support insurance parity for behavioral disorders, and support was strongly associated with personal experience with mental illness.

>>A 'New Norm' for Seclusion and Restraint
The authors describe a 10-year evolution in the use of seclusion and restraint at a state psychiatric hospital, where judicious use of these practices has become the "new norm."


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