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Guest Blog: Mississippi Capitol Screening Initiative Still Effective In Its 12th Year

*This piece is a re-print from the Mississippi Psychiatric Association E-newsletter.  

Twelve years ago the Mississippi Psychiatric Association (MPA) Executive Director Angela Ladner recognized there was a gap in understanding by elected officials on what physicians actually do each and every day. In order to help overcome the deficit, Ladner partnered with a familiar group to her, the Mississippi State Medical Association Alliance (physician spouses) with the proposal for a Day at the Capitol that would include free health screenings to members of the Legislature and their staff members. Capitol Screening Initiative or CSI was born and is going strong twelve years later with the help of providers across the state. CSI takes place on the 3rd Thursday of each January which has been designated as MS Health Day by former Governor Haley Barbour.


This year Residents and staff from the University of Mississippi Medical Center Department of Psychiatry manned a table and discussed services and outreach with members of the Legislature. Shown above and below are scenes from the day. MPA has been an exhibitor at each and every CSI since its inception; sharing brochures from the Healthy Lives Series produced by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Additionally, MPA President-Elect, Maxie Gordon came to the capitol to represent the association and discuss future endeavors. Since CSI began, cases of male breast cancer, female breast cancer and an imminent heart attack have been detected. Please click here to read more about CSI.

Doctors Mark Ladner, Chaz Richardson, Chasity Torrence, Jace Miskel, Corey Jackson and Rep, Becky Currie of Brookhaven at CSI 12.

 Angela Ladner is the Executive Director of the Mississippi Psychiatric Association.

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Guest Blog: Michigan Psychiatric Society 2017 Spring Meeting

Jane Sherzer is the Executive Director of the Michigan Psychiatric Society.   Jane joined the MPS in 2015 after a lengthy career in corporate finance.  She is a proud graduate of the University of Iowa.

As you look out your windows these days, it is hard to imagine that soon it will be spring and all the snow and ice will be melted.  We will have green grass, the crocuses will be blooming and it will be time once again to join your colleagues at the annual Michigan Psychiatric Society Spring Meeting.  Join us Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Morris Lawrence Center at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Our meeting is one you will not want to miss!  Approved for up to six hours of CME this year we have assembled a distinguished faculty presenting topics of interest in today’s environment, including autism both in children and transition age, ADHD in adults, behavioral disturbances in dementia and risk assessment for violence in todays “armed” environment.

Our keynote speaker Phillip Resnick, MD will present Risk Assessment for Violence in a Land of Guns.  Dr. Resnick is internationally recognized in his field and currently serves as a Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Division of Forensic Psychiatry at Case School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.  Dr. Resnick will provide a practical map through the marshy minefield of uncertainty in risk assessment for violence.  Attendees will have the opportunity to develop a violence prevention plan based upon their risk assessment.  

Anthony Rostain, MD, MA joins us from the University of Pennsylvania where he is a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics.  He is a Past President, American Professional Society for ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD) and the co-author of, “The Adult ADHD Tool Kit: Using CBT to Facilitate Coping Inside and Out,” and “Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD: An Integrative Psychosocial and Medical Approach.”  He will be presenting Adults with ADHD: Current Approaches to Diagnosis and TreatmentAttendees will review the hallmark features of ADHD in adults and key steps involved in assessing adults for ADHD, especially those who are being treated for other conditions such as anxiety and depression. 

Psychiatrists today face challenging issues in treating their patients from cradle to grave.  Children diagnosed with ADHD and autism spectrum disorder face challenges as they grow, mature and transition into adulthood.  Update on the Diagnosis and Management of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Children presented by Kelly M. Blankenship, DO and The Four Keys to Success for Transition Age Autism presented by Julie P. Gentile, MD will enlighten the attendees on the most current tools for diagnosis and management of these disorders as patients age.  

Behavioral Disturbances in Dementia: A Practical Primer for the Busy Practitioner presented by Mary Blazek, MD reminds us that 95% of people with dementia will experience behavioral or psychologic symptoms of dementia (BPSD) at some point during the course of illness.  Dr. Blazek will discuss different therapies including non-pharmacologic interventions during her presentation.  

Do not miss this opportunity to join your colleagues for these thought provoking discussions.  Of course, no meeting is complete without the opportunity for fellowship among your peers, so be sure to stay for the brief MPS business meeting, followed by a wine and cheese reception.  Likewise, residents and medical students will not want to miss the annual Speed Dating for Residencies and Fellowships, a chance for trainees to meet members of the multiple high-quality training programs in psychiatry in the state of Michigan.

For more information and to register click here or email Jane Sherzer at

We look forward to seeing you in April!

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Illinois Psychiatric Society 2017 Annual Meeting

On Saturday, January 21, the Illinois Psychiatric Society (IPS) hosted “Government and the Future of Mental Health in Illinois,” its 2017 Annual Meeting and Holiday Party in Chicago.  Networking and a cocktail hour kicked off the evening, followed by a member business meeting, welcome from IPS President Dr. Ryan Finkenbine, dinner, keynote speaker and an award presentation.

State Representative Lou Lang was the keynote speaker that evening. Lang serves as the Deputy Majority Leader in the Illinois General Assembly and has been in the Illinois House of Representatives since 1988. During his tenure, Lang “has fought for economic development, working families, civil rights, and health care and Medicaid reform,” as stated on the Cook County Democratic Party website. Lang discussed the importance of mental health and encouraged IPS members to contact him with any questions or comments.

The 2017 Service Award for Excellence in Patient Care was presented to Dr. Peter Alahi. Dr. Alahi is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP). Not only has Dr. Alahi won many teaching and patient care awards, he also supervises and mentors residents at UICOMP. Congratulations Dr. Alahi!

PRMS is honored to have been a sponsor of the 2017 IPS Annual Meeting.

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The Life of PRMS: Scott Alkire, Senior Litigation Specialist

In 2005, after handling auto and homeowner claims for State Farm for ten years, I was looking for something a bit more challenging in my field. I found it, and much more, at PRMS. I can say without reservation that my years at PRMS have been the most stimulating and rewarding years of my career.

Frankly, before joining PRMS I knew little about the practice of medicine generally and even less about psychiatry and the treatment of mental illnesses. Having seen nearly every conceivable type of claim that can be brought against a psychiatrist or ancillary healthcare professional, from cases involving Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Tardive dyskinesia to suicides and boundary violations, my understanding of and respect for the daily challenges faced by mental healthcare professionals “in the trenches” has grown tremendously.

But my appreciation of the world of psychiatry and learning the skillful management of litigation against its practitioners are only part of my story at PRMS. When I first joined PRMS nearly 12 years ago I was immediately impressed by the deep knowledge of psychiatry by its management and staff, their passion for what they do and especially their professionalism. My experience here has only deepened those initial impressions. I can honestly say that having the opportunity to do work that matters with people whom you respect and who respect and appreciate you makes PRMS one of the best places to work in the field.

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Baby It Is Cold Outside

The song is timeless – as is the need to keep warm from the winter chill which never goes out of style.  And with that in mind, PRMS recently hosted a winter outerwear drive. Coats, mittens, gloves, hats and warm woolen scarves were donated to the Total Family Care Coalition, a DC-area based charity that helps families with emotional, behavioral and mental health difficulties. The organization also accepts donations of clothing and goods to share among the families they serve.  According to Leigh Baker, Head of PRMS Marketing, who organized the drive,  “Over 60 coats and items were collected for distribution.  It may be cold outside, but PRMS staff donated warmth to help those in need.”

PRMS is committed to being of service to both our community and the behavioral healthcare community. Thus, in recognition of #30YearsOfPRMS, we are hosting 30 service projects throughout the anniversary year. The next project will be packing and distributing beans and rice for the local food bank. 

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