October 2014 Updates and Announcements from the Executive Management Team

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  • Announcements and Recognitions:
  • Thank you to Dr. Goebert and Dr. Belonis who responded to a community’s request for suicide prevention outreach in partnership with two community organizations.

  • Chair updates:
  • State of the Department PowerPoint (password protect)

  • Administrative Updates:
  • Community service declaration forms due 10/16.  Please return them to Tiff if you haven’t already.

DOP in the News!

September 2014 Updates and Announcements from the Executive Management Team

  • Announcements and Recognitions:
    • International Pacific Health Conference in Auckland, New Zealand (http://pacificconference.hrc.govt.nz/):
      • Joy Andrade on “Comorbidity of Depression with Heart Disease among Adults Seen in Emergency Departments in a Large Asian-American and Pacific Islander Sample, 2000-2010”
      • Gretchen Gavero on “Comorbidity of Bipolar Disorder and Heart Disease among Adults in Hawaii”
      • Deborah Goebert on “Change Pathways in Indigenous and Non-indigenous Youth Suicide”
      • Susana Helm on “Native Hawaiian Drug Prevention.”
    • 16th World Congress of Psychiatry “Focusing on Access, Quality and Humane Care” (http://www.wpamadrid2014.com/) in Madrid, Spain for the World Psychiatric Association Presenters:
      • Barry Carlton and Shaylin Chock on part of symposium “Diverse Cross-Cultural Approaches to Understanding the Role of Family in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Practice and Research”
      • Asad Ghiasuddin, J. Wong on “Ethnicity, Traditional Healing Practice and Attitudes Towards complementary Medicine of A Pediatric Oncology Population Receiving Healing Touch in Hawaii.”
      • Deborah Goebert, May Okihiro, Lisa Duke, Earl Hishinuma, Joseph Kaholokula on “Promoting Optimal Native Outcomes (PONO) by Understanding Women’s Stress and Coping Experiences.”
      • Ryan Lunsford for Anthony Guerrero and Daniel Alicata on “Primary Care-Focused Psychiatry in a Multicultural, Island-Situated Population with Scarce Community Resources.”
    • Drs. Guerrero and Gavero presentation at the second installment of the  Center of Philippine Studies’ Colloquium Series (http://www.kaleo.org/news/second-installment-of-colloquium-series-features-department-of-psychiatry/article_55416f5c-9b7c-11e3-a282-0017a43b2370.html) in February 2014 was cited in the Annual Report from the UHM Center for Philippine Studies.

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Public Loan Forgiveness Program

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The University of Hawaii and UCERA employees may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. The PSFL is a loan repayment program that is available to full-time public service employees. Borrowers can qualify for forgiveness of their remaining balance of their Direct Federal Loans after they have made 120 qualifying payments made after October 1, 2007 while employed full-time by public service employers.

Click this link for more info.

August 2014 Updates and Announcements from the Executive Management Team

  • Announcements and Recognitions:
    • The National Medical Association 2014 Convention presentations:
    • Dr. William Haning III recipient of the 2014 Hawaii Medical Association Physician of the Year Award.
  • Administration Updates: Faculty Reports due on August 31, 2014.
  • Chair updates:

July 2014 Updates and Announcements from the Executive Management Team

  • Announcements and Recognitions:
    • Dr. Gretchen Gavero as Associate Director of Medical Student Education
    • Governor Neil Abercrombie signs Senate Bill 2469 (Relating to Telehealth). More information in the QHS Connection and on UH Med Now http://blog.hawaii.edu/uhmednow/2014/07/07/telemedicine-bill-signed-into-law/
    • Conference achievements for Dr. Jon Streltzer:
      • September 2013: 22nd World Congress on Psychosomatic Medicine, Lisbon, Portugal. Cultural Issues in Pain Management
      • September 2013: Western Occupational Health Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii. Plenary lecture – Understanding Culture in Pain Management.
      • November 2013: Pre-conference course: Assessment and Treatment of the Opioid-dependent Chronic pain Patient., Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine Annual Meeting, Tucson, AZ (with CR Sullivan, MD)
      • May 2014: American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, New York City: Workshop: Education in Pain Medicine
      • June 28, 2014: European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine, Sibiu, Romania, Plenary Lecture, Trends in the Treatment of the Opioid-Dependent Chronic Pain patients
    • Dr. Gerald McKenna featured in Mid-Week
    • Dr. Asad Ghiasuddin and Dr. Amanda Schroepfer will be starting up the 5th cycle of CLIMB this summer (Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery), and arts-based support group for children whose parents have cancer. Sessions take place in four consecutive weeks on the QMC campus starting July 31st. More information found at http://queenscancercenter.org/services/education-services
  • Chair updates: Welcome to the new academic year! Coming soon: Strategic plan for 2014-2015.

2014 American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 61st Annual Meeting

Congratulations to the below faculty, clinical faculty, residents, and former residents for their involvement in the 2014 American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 61st annual meeting https://aacap.confex.com/aacap/2014/webprogram/start.html:

Ruby Agoha, M.D.

  • Clinical Perspectives – High-Tech Tools for Integration

Daniel Alicata, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Symposium – Special Interest Study Group – Building a Community of Telepsychiatrists in AACAP
  • Clinical Perspectives  – Telepsychiatry with Children of the Pacific Islands: Curriculum Development, Service-Learning, and Culturally Appropriate Care
  • Brain Development Trajectories and Risk Gene Variants for Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Alexis Aplasca, M.D.

  • Clinical Perspectives – Weight Management in Children with Psychiatric Disorders
  • Clinical Perspectives – Focus on the Future: Academic Pediatrics and Child Psychiatry As the Foundation for Integration

Anthony P.S. Guerrero, MD

  • Special Interest Study Group – Problem-Based Learning in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Clinical Perspectives – Academic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Far East

Daniel Lieberman, M.D.

  • Special Interest Study Group – Building a Community of Telepsychiatrists in AACAP
  • Clinical Perspectives  – Telemental Health Interventions: Expanding Our Repertoire: The Use of Telepsychiatry to Treat a Teen with Complex Trauma and Dissociative Identify States
  • Clinical Perspectives – Practicing Telepsychiatry Across Cultures
  • Workshop – Designing and Conducting a Successful Telepsychiatry Program
  • Clinical Perspectives – The Use of Telepsychiatry to Treat a Teen with Complex Trauma and Dissociative Identify States
  • Committee Meeting – Telepsychiatry Committee

Ryan Lunsford, M.D.

  • Clinical Perspectives – Telepsychiatry with Children of the Pacific Islands: Curriculum Development, Service-Learning, and Culturally Appropriate Care

Jack McDermott, MD

  • Clinical Perspectives – Behind the Undeclared War Between Child and Family Therapy

Amanda Schroepfer, M.D .

  • Clinical Perspectives – Body and Soul: A Look at the History, Challenges and Hopes for Child Mental Health Integration into Pediatric Primary Care

June 2014 Updates and Announcements from the Executive Management Team

  • Thank you to Dr. Chad Koyanagi for his nine years of service that will end after June 8, 2014.
  • Dr. David Lassner appointed as University of Hawaii President, term to start July 1, 2014.
  • Congratulations to Drs. Charles Fishman and Gerald McKenna for promotion to Clinical Professor effective July 1, 2014.
  • Dr. Gretchen Gavero presented at the Philippine Medical Association of Hawaii on Perspectives on Medical Marijuana, a CME event.
  • Dr. Deborah Kissinger’s abstract for presentation has been accepted for the 95th Annual Meeting at University of California Riverside in June 2014.  The abstract is entitled Experience Culture to Better Understand Others.