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Milwaukee Residency Program

Research and Accomplishments

Our faculty and individuals are recognized nationally and internationally for their research and scholarship as leaders in their field. Residents are strongly encouraged to avail themselves of the many opportunities to work with established faculty investigators. Through elective time, residents are provided with excellent “hands-on” experience in experimental design, data collection, analysis, critical thinking and writing. Our residents are required to complete an academic project mentored by faculty during their residency.

Research Opportunities

Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR)

Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR)

The Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR), an NIMH-funded center directed by Dr. Jeffrey Kelly, concentrates on the study of individuals belonging to groups at high risk for HIV infection (e.g., gay men, IV drug users, chronic mentally ill) and the development of behavioral interventions to decrease this behavior. Presently, CAIR consists of more than 30 full-time faculty and staff and has an annual budget of more than $8 million. MCW is the world leader in the field of behavioral intervention research to prevent the spread of HIV infection.

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The Periscope Project

The Periscope Project

The Periscope Project was created to fill the critical gap between statewide depression screenings initiatives and lack of perinatal psychiatric treatment services in Wisconsin. Health care providers often discontinue or delay initiation of antidepressant medication when pregnancy or breastfeeding is identified due to fears about medication safety. By offering resources to assist health care providers in treating their pregnant and postpartum patients, The Periscope Project reduces health disparities and increases healthy birth outcomes.

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Wisconsin Child Psychiatry Access Project

Wisconsin Child Psychiatry Access Project

The Wisconsin Child Psychiatry Access Project started in 2012 with the generous philanthropic support though the Charles E. Kubly Foundation. The goal of the Child Psychiatry Consultation Program (CPCP) is to improve mental health care for children in state of Wisconsin. Child psychiatrists work with primary care providers to treat mental health care needs sooner, in patients’ medical homes, and support them through education and consultation. Due to the success of the pilot program, the State of Wisconsin passed legislation to fund additional expansion for coverage of the rural Northern Region of the state.

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Recent Housestaff Accomplishments

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Quality Improvement Projects

AIM - Improve the show rate of intake appointments at CSM by 25%
Planned Intervention: Change the script that residents use when providing reminder phone calls following phone intake assessments.
H Reiland, DO, A Zhou, MD, H Schroeder, DO

 AIM - Increase resident compliance with getting standard lab monitoring for prescribed mood stabilizers and atypical antipsychotics at CSM by 50%
Planned intervention - add section to progress note template for resident to add date of labs last checked (similar to current section for pdmp monitoring)
C Vassar, MD, S Lindeke, MD, T Ilic, MD

AIM - By March 2019, decrease inappropriate crisis pages (medication, scheduling questions, etc) at Columbia St. Mary's by 70%
Will implement new form which states crisis pager number with appropriate/inappropriate reasons for contacting this pager which will be given to patients and discussed during intake appointments.
P DeVries, MD, J Ha, MD, A Navarro, MD

Community Projects

Psychiatric Free Clinic, led by Claire Drom, MD
Worked with MCW’s Saturday Clinic for the Uninsured to provide psychiatric services monthly. Through this, Dr. Drom expanded the medication formulary, created EMR templates, provided screening tools. Now providing services monthly.

Mental Health Disclosure for Credentialing
Several residents and attendings formed an unofficial committee looking into mental healthcare disclosure for credentialing at Milwaukee area hospitals. The group organized the wording we obtained into a document and presented a proposal to change problematic wording to an area hospital. Khusbu Shah, MD, presented to an area hospital, effectively leading to a change in their credentialing wording. Additionally, presented to HHWC (8/2018) and to MCWAH GMEC (9/2018) to encourage residents to seek mental health treatment and reduce stigma.

Development of Child Psychiatry Interest Group (CPIG)
Alize Zhou, MD, Morgan Matzke, MD, Jeremy Chapman, MD

Continuation of Women’s Mental Health Interest Group
Imran Iqbal, MD, Sarah Slocum, MD

F&MCW Freudian Slippers
6th Place, raising over $2400 for NAMI Greater Milwaukee

Teaching Projects

Management of Agitation – Didactics and Simulation for Internal Medicine Residents – Sarah Slocum, MD, Elizabeth Holcomb, MD, Sally Lohs, MD, additional residents

Emergency Medicine Resident Wellness Group (quarterly) - Devin Dunatov, MD, Reena Kumar, MD (CAP)

Surgery Resident Wellness Groups (quarterly) – Jennifer Zaspel, MD (CAP)

Family Medicine Wellness Group (monthly) – Bill Papagianopoulos, MD & Dr. Agrawal

CSM Family Medicine (quarterly), upcoming – Anne Marie Guica, MD, Hannah Schroeder, DO

Ophthalmology Wellness Group (monthly) – Claire Drom, MD & Dr. Cipriano

M4 Capstone Psychiatry Course (“psychiatry boot camp”) – Devin Dunatov, MD, Anna Hackenmiller, MD

Buprenorphine Consent Video – produced for use at the VA. Mary Anne Kowol, MD, Erika Steinbrenner, MD, Nick Bracciano, MD

Emergency Detention, Chapter 51, lecture to Internal Medicine Residents – Sarah Slocum, MD

Development of Interactive M3 Learning Modules – Sara Lindeke, MD, Hannah Reiland, DO

Ongoing Resident-Involved Research

Clonidine for PTSD - Research, VA. Gregory Burek, MD, Sadie Larsen, PhD, Tareq Yaqub, MD, Amanda Liewen, MD

Human Trafficking Focus Groups and Assessment - Amanda Liewen, MD

Lithium Monitoring and Outcomes in the Perioperative Period – Claire Drom, MD, Wainaina Njeri, MD, Peter DeVries, MD, Ana Navarro-Montoya, MD

Value of distress screening and the efficacy of psychosocial interventions in psycho-oncology- Jennifer M. Knight, MD, MS, FACLP, Jessica Molinaro, MD

Mental Illness and the Second Amendment, BHD Research Group, J Alex Ruvalcaba, MD

An Argument for Gun-Violence Restraining Orders, BHD Research Group, J Alex Ruvalcaba, MD

Curriculum Development on Teaching Agitation – Sarah Slocum, MD

Oral Presentations

Molinaro J, Shah K, Pheister M, Slocum S, Shashidhara S, “Dealing with Challenging Situations”, Regional Chief Resident Conference, Williams Bay, WI, August 2018

Yaqub T, Cipriano D, “Resilience”, Pipeline, MCW, Milwaukee, WI, August 2018

Chapman J, “The Doctor is ON!: Why Telepsychiatry is Amazing and is the Wave of the Future...and Also a Few Crazy Ideas I Have for How to Use Video Conferencing Technology to Deliver Amazing Patient Care!”, MCW Department of Psychaiatry Grand Rounds, Milwaukee, WI, February 2019

Steinbrenner E, “Addiction”, Lecture to Riverside High School health classes, 11/2018

Papagiannopoulos B, “Seeing Past the Hologram: A Hopeful Story of Working Through Transference”, Wisconsin Psychoanalytic Institute, Clinical Moments, Milwaukee, WI, 5/2019

Drom C, “A Tale of Two Meds” - Resident Vignette, Wisconsin Psychiatric Association Meeting, 3/2019, Elkhart Lake, WI

DeVries P, ”The Next Contestant on the Price is Right”, Resident Vignette, Wisconsin Psychiatric Association Meeting, 3/2019, Elkhart Lake, WI

Vassar C, “Military Culture and Mental Health: From Soldier to Psychiatrist”, MCW Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Milwaukee, WI, 11/2018

Zaspel J, Dunatov D, “Don’t Call it Group Therapy! Developing a Resident Wellness Curriculum” MCW Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Milwaukee, WI, 3/2019

Ilic T, “Talking Mental Health with your LGBT Patients”, MCW Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Milwaukee, WI, 5/2019

Slocum S, “Running from Depression: Effects of Exercise on Mental Health for Providers and Patients”, MCW Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Milwaukee, WI June 2019

Chapman J, Mindfulness Session, Suicide Symposium, MCW 4/2019

Slocum S, “Personal Insights”, MCW Wellness Summit, 5/2019

Chapman, J, Workshop on Implicit Bias, Gold Humanism Summit/GHHS Symposium, Orlando, Fall 2019

Poster Presentations

Hatfield-Kresch, M, Heisey, Henry “Aggressive Behaviors Among Adults With Intellectual or Developmental Disability”, San Francisco, CA, 5/2019

Hatfield-Kresch, M, “Multimorbidity Among Adults With Intellectual or Developmental Disability” Presentation, American Psychiatric Association Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 5/2019

Thompson A, DO coauthor, “Warm Handoff or Cold Shoulder?”, Poster Presentation, Academy of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry”, Orlando, FL 11/2018

Cipriano D, Padfield E, Kumar K, “MCW Student Mental Health Climate Survey: Reducing Barriers to Care”, Poster Presentation, Association for Academic Psychiatry, Milwaukee, WI 9/2018.

Lohs S, Holcomb E, Slocum S, “Tackling Agitation: A Novel Approach to Interdisciplinary Training”, Poster Presentation, Association for Academic Psychiatry, Milwaukee, WI 9/2018.

Slocum S, Lyndon S, Knight J, “Effectiveness of Psychosocial Interventions in Psycho-Oncology: A Prospective Study”, Poster Presentation, Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, 11/2018.

Lohs S, Parkhurt J, Massey W, “Shaping Social Skills in Context: Social Fitness Club”, Poster Presentation, Association for Contextual Behavioral Science Annual Meeting, Montreal, ON, Canada, 7/2018.

Slocum S, Kruper A, Wichman C, “Development of an Integrated Perinatal Mental Health Clinic: Follow-up and Program Updates”, Poster Presentation, Association for Perinatal Care Annual Meeting, Oshkosh, WI, 4/2019

Drom C, “Integration of Psychiatry into a Medical Student-Run Free Clinic”, Wisconsin Psychiatric Association Meeting, Elkhart Lake, WI, 3/2019

Slocum S, “PERISCOPE Initial Data (18mo)- Development of an Integrated Perinatal Mental Health Clinic: Follow-up and Program Updates”– Wisconsin Psychiatric Association Meeting, Elkhart Lake, WI, 3/2019

Shah K, Pheister M, Apps J, Koth K, Kowol M, “Physician Mental Health Disclosure for Credentialing in Southeastern Wisconsin – Poster, Wisconsin Psychiatric Association Meeting, Elkhart Lake, WI, 3/2019

Shashidhara S – “Prolonged Cognitive Impairment Secondary to Acute Valproate Toxicity” – Poster, Wisconsin Psychiatric Association Meeting, Elkhart Lake, WI, 3/2019

Papagiannopoulos B, Agrawal, “Do the Tender Points in Fibromyalgia Have Metaphorical Meaning” – Poster, American Psychoanalytic Association, New York, NY, 2/2019

Holcomb E, “Treatment Approach and Challenges for Managing a Patient with Medication-Induced Delusions” - Poster, American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 5/2019

Burek G, Yaqub T, Liewen A, Larsen S, “Low-Dose Clonidine for Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans: A Chart Review”, American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 5/2019

Grants/Awards/Honors

Grant from Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee to fund Women’s Mental Health Interest Group Activities, Imran Iqbal, MD $2000, 2017-19

Winner of the in-House April 2019 Arts in Medicine Readers' Choice Award for video. Jeremy Chapman, MD

2019-20 American Psychoanalytic Association (ApsaA) FellowshipTareq Yaqub, MD

Publications

Shah K, Pheister M, “Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice”, Book Review, Journal of Psychiatric Practice, July 2018

Molinaro J, Pawar D, Knight J, Heinrich T, “Toxicities of CAR-T cell therapy and the role of the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist, 13 Nov, 2018, Psychosomatics