Published September 23, 2022
The Department of Psychiatry’s 17th Annual Comprehensive Review of Psychiatry conference featured an array of internationally renowned speakers updating the latest advances in the diagnosis and management of a wide array of psychiatric disorders.
Steven L. Dubovsky, MD, professor and chair of psychiatry, says the yearly gathering is intended “to enhance knowledge and competence in practitioners and to inculcate the ability of practitioners to assess new information critically.”
“Other conference goals are “to display clinical, educational and research accomplishments of our faculty, and to enhance personal interactions between nationally prominent investigators and local clinicians and academicians,” he adds.
Dubovsky says the conference’s topics are often suggested by attendees of previous conferences or by local practitioners.
“Some topics are chosen by national speakers who are known for their excellent accomplishments and communication abilities,” he says. “Although most attendees are local practitioners, faculty members, residents and students, people attend this conference from as far away as Australia and Japan.”
Along with Dubovsky, this year’s speakers were:
Dubovsky’s research is in the areas of disaster response, intracellular signaling in mood disorders, the pathophysiology of psychiatric illness, development of new treatments, and interactions between medical and psychiatric illnesses.
He has published over 250 journal articles, chapters and books and he has lectured internationally on a variety of topics.
The topic of Dubovsky’s speech was “New Psychiatric Medications and Instrumental Therapies.”
The lectures were followed by workshops and small group discussions.
Josie L. Olympia, MD, associate professor of clinical psychiatry and chair of the Department of Psychiatry’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) committee, was co-program director for the conference.
“I solicited input from participants of our previous annual conferences and grand rounds to identify their CME needs and interests,” she says. “Our team works with Alicia Blodgett, director of the Office of Continuing Medical Education, in all aspects and we encourage participants to fill out evaluation surveys following the conference.”
Olympia says they also try to offer fun activities for attendees to participate in outside of the conference.
“In the past we have offered jet boat rides, tickets to concerts at Artpark and tours of the architectural treasures of the region,” she says. “This year, as an incentive to early registration, we offered a two-hour sunset cruise on a catamaran. Our conference promotes learning, camaraderie and enjoying life.”
The conference was held Sept. 8-9 at The Mansion on Delaware in Buffalo. It was sponsored by the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, the Department of Psychiatry and the Western New York Psychiatry Society.