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MCW Psychiatry News

New Green Bay Psychiatry Residency Slots Address Region’s Shortage of Psychiatrists

Apr 3 - An article in the Peshtigo Times reports on the shortage of psychiatrists in northern Wisconsin and the announcement that MCW has secured about half the funding needed to start a new residency program in Green Bay that will train future psychiatrists. Peshtigo Times

Mental Health Complex: Wisconsin Senate Passes Bill to Transfer Mental Health Facility Control

Mar 18 - The Wisconsin Senate unanimously passed a bill supporting the transfer of control of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex to a board of medical professionals, including one non-voting member from MCW. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Residency Program to Tackle State Psychiatrist Shortage

Mar 7 - The Green Bay Press Gazette featured the psychiatry residency program MCW is developing in Green Bay and the Fox Valley. Green Bay Press Gazette

Dr. Ebert Receives Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Grant

Feb 25 - Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy announced that Allison Ebert, PhD, is one of eight scientists worldwide who will share in $600,000 in basic science research awards to study the disorder. Families of SMA

VA System Creates Seven New Psychiatry Residency Slots for Northeast Wisconsin

Feb 25 - MCW’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, in partnership with the Milwaukee VA, will oversee the training of seven new psychiatry residency slots in northeast Wisconsin. WauwatosaNOW

New training positions for mental health professionals approved in Green Bay, Appleton

Feb. 20 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has approved the addition of ten new training slots for mental health professionals in northeastern Wisconsin. The positions, which are established to train seven psychiatrists, two psychologists, and a pharmacist, are designed to help alleviate a critical shortage of mental health professionals in that region of the state.

Drs. Amirkhanian and Kelly Receive NIH Grant to Study Russian HIV Social Support Systems

Feb 18 - Yuri A. Amirkhanian, PhD, and Jeffrey A. Kelly, PhD, received a two-year, $400,000 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study whether social support improves care attendance and treatment adherence for people in Russia with HIV. WauwatosaNOW

Editorial Supports Transfer of Mental Health Complex to Board of Medical Professionals

Feb 12 - A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial endorses proposed legislation to transfer oversight of the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex from the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors to a board of medical professionals. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Psychiatry Residents Rate Clinical Supervision as Best Way to Assess Core Competency

Feb 12 - Resident physicians in Psychiatry rated direct clinical supervision as the most favorable way for faculty supervisors to assess trainee skills in the “core competency” of professionalism and ethics according to study reported in Academic Psychiatry by Dr. Laura Roberts. Psychiatric News

Peer groups may help HIV patients maintain treatment regimens

Feb. 10 - The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Center for AIDS Intervention Research has received a two-year, $400,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Mental Health to study whether social support improves care attendance and treatment adherence for people in Russia infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV is the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

Legislation Would Place County Mental Health under Control of Governor = Appointed Board

Feb 6 - Legislation will be introduced in Madison to strip the Milwaukee County Board of its oversight of mental health care. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Butson Receives CTSI Grant to Develop Clinical Decision Support System

Jan 21 - Christopher Butson, PhD, received a $25,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to develop a clinical decision support system to manage patients receiving deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease. WauwatosaNOW

Recent legislative advocacy efforts by MCW faculty members

Dec. 03 - 2013 has been a busy year for everyone at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), and the last month has been no exception for MCW’s Office of Government & Community Relations (GCR). The entire GCR team would like to take this opportunity to highlight the following MCW faculty members for their outstanding legislative advocacy efforts

Dr. Carlyle Chan elected Chair of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

Dec. 09 - Carlyle Chan, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine as well as Bioethics and Medical Humanities in the Institute for Health and Society, was elected 2014 Chair of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) at the annual meeting of its Board of Directors, held Dec. 5-6 in Chicago.

Dr. Dennis Butler serves as co-editor of special issue of international journal

Oct. 28 - Dennis J. Butler, PhD, Professor of Family and Community Medicine, served as co-editor of a special issue of the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine devoted to behavioral science education in family medicine residencies (Volume 45, 4, 2013), which was released in September.

Collaborators funded by Extendicare Foundation to research links between depression, Alzheimer’s

Oct. 21 - Depression, which is the leading cause of disability worldwide, is also known to double a person’s risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, but physicians and scientists do not currently know which individuals with depression are more likely to progress to Alzheimer’s. A Medical College of Wisconsin researcher has earned a $150,000 grant from the Extendicare Foundation that will join multiple organizations in collaboration to study the impact of depression and family history on brain structure and function.

Dr. Clark to Discuss Suicide Prevention at Illinois Workshop

Oct 14 - David Clark, PhD, will discuss suicide prevention and treatment for depression at a workshop on October 18 at Oakton Community College in Skokie, Illinois. Skokie Review

Dr. Lehrmann, Billie Kubly Discuss Depression and Suicide

Oct 14 - In recognition of MCW’s second annual Depression Recognition Day, Dr. Jon Lehrmann was interviewed on WUWM-FM’s “Lake Effect” on suicide and depression. WUWM-FM

Psychiatry to Host Second Annual Depression Recognition Day on October 10

Oct 8 - MCW’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine is hosting the second annual Depression Recognition Day on October 10. Greater Milwaukee News

Still time to register for depression recognition day on Oct. 10

Oct. 03 - Recognizing and treating depression will be the focus of the second annual Depression Recognition Day at the Medical College of Wisconsin on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 12–6 p.m.

Dr. Hammeke Interviewed on WUWM-FM

Sept 17 - Thomas Hammeke, PhD, discussed how the brain recuperates from concussion on WUWM-FM’s “Lake Effect.” WUWM FM

How Quickly Does a Concussed Brain Heal?

Sept 10 - Thomas Hammeke, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine, discovered that brains recovering from concussion injuries may actually be overcompensating during the healing process. WUWM

fMRI study documents brain activation during concussion recovery

Aug 20 - For the first time, researchers have documented irregular brain activity within the first 24 hours of a concussive injury, as well as an increased level of brain activity weeks later—suggesting that the brain may compensate for the injury during the recovery time.

Dr. Hammeke Receives Distinguished Neuropsychologist Award from Professional Society

Aug 2 - Thomas Hammeke, PhD, was presented with the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology’s Distinguished Neuropsychologist Award at the Academy’s annual conference. WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Lehrmann Discusses Wisconsin’s Restrictive Mental Health Laws

May 27 - Dr. Jon Lehrmann provides expert comment on Wisconsin’s restrictive mental health laws in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigative report on Wisconsin’s mental health system. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Robert Chayer named Chucker Aring Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children’s

May 20 - Robert Chayer, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, has been appointed the Chucker Aring Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

First two recipients of President’s Diversity Award announced

Oct. 14 - Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH, Kellner Professor in Pediatrics and Director of the College’s Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children, and Mikel Holt, Associate Publisher and co-founder of the Milwaukee Community Journal and President of Malik Communications, were chosen to be the first two recipients of the President’s Diversity Award. Holt and Dr. Willis will be honored at a special reception on Nov. 16. The reception runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Center.

Suicide Rate Skyrockets Among Middle-Aged Americans

May 3 - Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH, professor and chair of emergency medicine; and Jon Lehrmann, MD, Charles E. Kubly Professor and chair of psychiatry and behavioral medicine, discussed the rising rates of suicide among men, and the need for further research to identify causes and prevention strategies. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Congratulations to the Class of 2012

The 99th annual commencement took place on May 18 at the Milwaukee Theatre, at which the Medical College of Wisconsin and its Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 202 MD, 38 PhD, 27 MS, 4 MA, and 18 Master of Public Health degrees, as well as bestowed numerous honors.
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