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"The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease."
- William Osler
CPT Matthew Fisher
February 8, 2023 at 5:00:00 PM
Psychedelic Assisted Therapies: Past, Present, and Future
1. Understand the term Psychedelic Assisted Therapy and the history of these treatments and how we got to where we are now
2. Explore some of the most evidence-based psychedelic assisted modalities and their treatment designs
3. Discuss expectations for these treatments going forward both in and outside the military
Bio: Dr. Matthew Fisher was born an Army brat in Bavaria, Germany the youngest of three boys. All three boys, though adamantly against military service in their youth, would eventually join the Army during college to the disapproval of their parents. He was raised mostly in the South, moving to Georgia, Florida, and Texas ultimately ending up in San Antonio where he lived from the age of 7. He attended St. Philip’s College, a historically black community college, before obtaining a BS in psychology at University of Texas in Arlington. He then went on to attend McGovern Medical School in Houston, Texas with an HPSP scholarship. His psychiatric interests include addiction, adolescent medicine, PTSD, complementary and alternative medicines, and psychedelic assisted therapies. He is currently one half of the Knowledge Management team for the Walter Reed Psychiatry program with plans to graduate this June. In his free time he enjoys volunteering in the community, hiking, listening to music and playing video games, eating good food with great friends, spoiling his dog and cat, and of course, annoying his amazing and very patient wife.
LCDR Clark Noble
January 25, 2023 at 5:00:00 PM
The Anatomy and Physiology of Trauma
1. Define what trauma is.
2. Identify the basic theory of the effects of trauma on the human body.
3. Identify the DSM 5-TR criteria for PTSD.
4. Explain how specific neural tracts relate to specific symptoms of PTSD.
5. Relate why specific modalities of treatment are effective for PTSD.
6. Explore the concept of PTSI.
Bio: Dr. Clark Noble was born and raised in Northeast Georgia. He completed his undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary with a BS in Neuroscience and was a 4 year conference finalist in swimming. He went on to complete Marine Corps OCS and Navy flight school; piloting the CH-53E Super Stallion as part of the HMH-462 squadron at MCAS Miramar for one deployment supporting the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and two deployments supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He also competed in two All Armed Forces triathlons as part of the USMC triathlon team. He then went on to attend the Medical University of South Carolina with a Navy HPSP scholarship and was involved in community veteran health and military medicine within the institution. His psychiatric interests include Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in the military population and Aerospace Psychiatry. In his free time he enjoys surfing whenever possible, competing in the annual trans Lake Tahoe open water swimming race, reading about Toyota LandCruisers, researching financial planning topics, and spending time traveling with his best friend and wife, Jen, and dog, Finnley.
LT Eric Lutz
January 18, 2023 at 5:00:00 PM
I Suffered, So You Should, Too.
1. Define Suffering and Its Subjective Nature.
2. Introduce the “Bell Curve of Suffering.”
3. Demonstrate the Epidemiology of Resident Burnout.
Bio: Dr. Eric Lutz is a Northeast native. He was born in Connecticut, but his family quickly settled down in Media, Pennsylvania. Growing up Eric was always a jack-of-all-trades. He played many sports and many video games. He had a passion for learning and was always asking questions. His greatest of passions, however, were the questions that did not always have answers. His favorite subject in High School was Philosophy, and while he started his college career at Virginia Tech in Engineering, it wasn't long before his passions overcame and he was drawn to the more abstract major of Psychology. After graduating and spending some time finding himself (at one point as a Starbucks barista, and later as a medical assistance working for his dad who is an Orthopedic Surgeon), he decided that medical school would be his pursuit. He attended Temple Medical School with an HPSP scholarship through the Navy. Eric continues to pursue some of his favorite hobbies including playing his favorite sport Ice Hockey, his favorite video game World of Warcraft, and most importantly spending time with his wife and one-and-a-half-year-old son Oliver.
CPT Chelsea Younghans
January 11, 2023 at 5:00:00 PM
Active Shooter Drills: First Do No Harm
1. Define what is an active shooter drill and what are the psychological implications on school age children.
2. Demonstrate possible interventions to minimize gun violence and iatrogenic trauma from drills.
3. Discuss how psychiatrists can be involved in reducing gun violence within their communities.
Bio: Dr. Chelsea Younghans was born and raised in rural WI where there was a lack of stoplights but no lack of cows. She completed her undergraduate degree at Valparaiso University with a BS in psychology and minors in chemistry, biology and the Humanities. She went on to attend the Medical College of WI with an HPSP scholarship and was involved in community veteran health and military medicine within the institution. Her psychiatric interests include veteran and veteran family mental health as well as child and adolescent psychiatry and perinatal psychiatry. She currently acts as the chief of the psychiatry residency and will be hanging around another two years to complete a fellowship in Child and adolescent psychiatry. In her free time she enjoys cooking, hiking and traveling with her husband and 1 year old daughter.
CPT Katrina Wachter
January 4, 2023 at 5:00:00 PM
Music as Therapy
1. Explain the historical and neurological relationship between music and the mind.
2. Summarize the benefit of music therapy in several mental health pathologies.
3. Identify ways in which health care providers incorporate music into their clinical practice.
Bio: Dr. Katrina Wachter is a 4th year resident at the National Capital Consortium Psychiatry Residency Program and currently serves as Chief Resident. She is originally from Bath, Pennsylvania and received her Bachelor of Arts from Franklin and Marshall College, graduating cum laude. Dr. Wachter went on to receive her medical degree from the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha in 2019. She was recently selected for the forensic psychiatry fellowship program at the Center for Forensic Behavioral Sciences in Bethesda, MD and will start her fellowship in July 2023. Her additional professional interests include academic psychiatry and sports psychiatry. In her free time, Dr. Wachter enjoys cuddling with her cats, trying new foods, and singing, among other musical endeavors.
Dr. David Williamson, MD
December 14, 2022 at 5:00:00 PM
Autoimmune Encephalitis and Paraneoplastic Syndromes
1. Describe the clinical features of autoimmune encephalitis and paraneoplastic syndromes.
2. Describe the key clinical features that differentiate these syndromes from psychiatric illness.
3. Describe the clinical management of these syndromes.
Bio: Dr. Williamson is a Neuropsychiatrist and specialist in Brain Injury Medicine. He trained at The Universities of Edinburgh and London in the UK, at Rockefeller University, NYC and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He has been Medical Director of numerous treatment programs. He has been working with the MHS since 2008. In 2008, Dr. Williamson was recruited as Medical Director to develop the Inpatient Psychological Health-Traumatic Brain Injury Program at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda. He remained in that position until 2016, through the BRAC process and the integration of Walter Reed into the Bethesda site. Dr. Williamson subsequently was Director of Behavioral Health at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston Texas, which is the nation’s second largest VA Medical Center. More recently Dr. Williamson was Medical Director of the Marcus Institute for Brain Health in Denver, Colorado and a Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In August 2021 he returned to Walter Reed national Military Medical Center to resume directorship of the inpatient Neuropsychiatry/TBI Program. Dr. Williamson has numerous awards for clinical and academic achievements including Physician of the Year from the National Council for Behavioral Health in 2016. He is board certified in four specialties including General Psychiatry, Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry, Brain Injury Medicine, and Forensic Psychiatry.
Dr. Elyn Saks JD, PhD
November 16, 2022 at 5:00:00 PM
Making Peace with My Mental Illness: A Lifelong Project
1. Describe the Lived Experience of a Psychotic Illness
2. Identify the effects of Stigma
3. List interventions that help reduce psychotic symptoms
Bio: Dr. Elyn Saks is Orrin B. Evans Distinguished Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law; Founder and Faculty Director of the USC Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics; Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the UC San Diego, School of Medicine; and Faculty at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles. She served as USC Gould's associate dean for research from 2005-2010. Saks teaches at the USC Keck School of Medicine. She received a MLitt in Philosophy from Oxford University where she was a Marshall Scholar, a JD from Yale Law School, and a PhD in Psychoanalytic Science from the New Center for Psychoanalysis. Saks writes on law and mental health, having published five books and more than fifty articles and book chapters. Her research has included the ethical dimensions of psychiatric research and forced treatment of people with mental illness. Her memoir, The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, describes her struggles with schizophrenia and her managing to craft a good life for herself. She has won numerous honors, including a 2009 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship (the so-called “Genius Grant”). Other books by Saks include Informed Consent to Psychoanalysis: The Law, the Theory, and the Data (Fordham University Press, 2013), Refusing Care: Forced Treatment and the Rights of the Mentally Ill (University of Chicago Press, 2002), Interpreting Interpretation: The Limits of Hermeneutic Psychoanalysis (Yale University Press, 1999), and Jekyll on Trial: Multiple Personality Disorder and Criminal Law (New York University Press, 1997). Her TED talk has garnered over five million views.
Dr. Rick Doblin
November 2, 2022 at 4:00:00 PM
Psychedelics in Psychiatry
Dr. Rick Doblin, founder and CEO of MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) speak on behalf of MDMA-assisted therapy for PTSD. MDMA assisted psychotherapy is a novel approach to treating PTSD and is currently in its last phase 3 trial, expected to obtain FDA approval next year for treating PTSD. Dr. Doblin is one of the premier experts in the field and has been working in this area since the 1970's.
Dr. Paul Thambi
October 26, 2022 at 4:00:00 PM
Psilocybin and Depression
1. Describe the brief history of psychedelic therapy research
2. Summarize the results/insights from our psilocybin study
3. Explain Future Studies/Regulation/Legalization
Bio: Dr. Paul Thambi is co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Sunstone Therapies. Sunstone Therapies is a company with expertise in the delivery of psychedelic assisted therapy, specifically in the clinical trial setting. The company is located in Rockville, MD where they have built a purpose built space for psychedelic assisted therapy. Dr. Thambi did his fellowship in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute with a focus on clinical research including clinical trial design. Afterwards, he practiced as a medical oncologist in a large private practice for 18 years where he developed a deep understanding of the emotional needs of those facing cancer and the end of life.
LTC Kelly Rivera & MAJ Ricky Ramsey
May 18, 2022 at 3:00:00 PM
Role of Uniform Behavioral in Operational Units
Dr. Jarred Hagan
May 4, 2022 at 3:00:00 PM
Violence Risk Assessment: Emergent Evaluations of Child & Adolescent Patients
April 27, 2022 at 3:00:00 PM
Differentiating Delusions from Extreme Overvalued Beliefs: A Forensic Psychiatry Approach
April 20, 2022 at 3:00:00 PM
Children and Hallucinations: Play verses Pathology
March 9, 2022 at 4:00:00 PM
Why Psychiatry Should Fly
February 23, 2022 at 4:00:00 PM
Into Network, Out of Mind
February 16, 2022 at 4:00:00 PM
I Haven't Started Yet: An Exploration of Procrastination
February 9, 2022 at 4:00:00 PM
Ten Truths of Psychopharmacology
February 2, 2022 at 4:00:00 PM
The Ten Fallacies of Psychopharmacology
Dr. Andrew Johnson & Dr. Kevin Jackson
January 26, 2022 at 4:00:00 PM
Military Readiness Curriculum: Administrative Separation & CND
January 19, 2022 at 4:00:00 PM
Back to the Basics: Significance of Rapport
January 12, 2022 at 4:00:00 PM
Steering into Vermeer: The Illusion of Expertise and the Interpretation of Data
January 5, 2022 at 4:00:00 PM
Music's Maladaptive Influence on Sexual Behavior
Dr. David Williamson
December 15, 2021 at 4:00:00 PM
Social Cognition in Psychiatry
Kevin Ceckowski, MSW
December 8, 2021 at 4:00:00 PM
The Role of Behavioral Health in Living Kidney Donor Transplants
Dr. Raquel Williams
November 10, 2021 at 4:00:00 PM
The Prism of Psychiatry: A History of Racism, Military Service, and the Mental Health System
Dr. B. Thomas & Dr. J. Lindefjeld
October 27, 2021 at 5:30:00 PM
Military Readiness Curriculum Pt.3
Part Three: Medical Boards for Providers