Scheduled Seminars and Conferences

Topics during Academic Year 2011 to 2012 are listed below (topics vary from year to year).

Seminar in Psychosomatic Medicine
Brief Description: Seminars will be offered by staff from the Fellowship program and by invited faculty from other departments, and will cover the subject matter of Psychosomatic Medicine at an advanced level. Seminars will include core issues in consultation. Drs. Desan, Chiles, Lee, Petersen-Crair, Yonkers, Zimbrean, Stewart, Papsun, Aguilar-Zonata and staff.
1 hour; Weekly (approx.); 36 sessions with an additional 10 review sessions

Psychosomatic Medicine Case Conference
Brief Description: This seminar will focus on selected cases from the service, presented by staff or fellows. Fellows will have the opportunity to present cases and lead discussion. Dr. Chiles and staff at the VA, Dr. Lee and staff at YNHH.
1 hour; Weekly; at least 30 sessions

Psychosomatic Research Conference
Brief Description: This seminar will review selected research studies in the area of Psychosomatic Medicine, with a view to understanding the design of clinical studies in this area. Observational and epidemiological studies, prospective and retrospective designs, controlled trials, statistical and meta-analytic methods will be covered. Dr. Desan and staff.
1 hour; Monthly; 12 sessions

Supervision in Psychosomatic Medicine
Brief Description: Fellows at both the YNHH and VACHS Psychiatric Consultation Services have important educational, supervisory and administrative roles. The fellow(s) at each site will meet with 1 or more faculty from their site to discuss ongoing issues in these areas, including didactic methods used in their teaching with junior trainees on the service and in their liaison activities with individuals from other departments, approaches to providing feedback and supervision, and performance of their organization role for each service.
1 hour; Monthly; 12 sessions

Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Brief Description: The Grand Rounds series of the department brings invited speakers from many areas of psychiatry and offers a superb update on current work in the field.
1 hour; Weekly, except in the summer; approx. 36 sessions

Additional didactic events may be available by special arrangement for trainees with specific interests:

Substance Abuse Seminar
Brief Description: this seminar series is a core element of the addition Psychiatry Fellowship in the department. The series covers epidemiology, biology, psychology and therapy of substance abuse, and is offered by the faculty of that program.
1 hour; Weekly; Fellows may elect to participate in relevant seminars

Basics in Geriatric Psychiatry and Medicine
Brief Description: this seminar series is a core element of the geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship in the department. The series covers aging, medical and psychiatric disorders in the elderly population, assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders in this population, ethical and legal issues in geriatric psychiatry, family, cultural and psychosocial issues of aging.
1-1/2 hours; Weekly; Fellows may elect to participate in relevant seminars

Courses in Investigative Medicine
Brief Description: the Program in Investigative Medicine offers courses which are relevant to trainees intending to pursue a research career. These include 2-week intensive courses in statistics and in research methods during the summer; a course in research conduct such as funding, presentation, standards and ethics as well as a seminar in research design in the fall are taught by the faculty of the Program in Investigative Medicine.
1-1/2 to 4 hours; Daily to weekly; number of sessions varies by course

Seminars on Responsible Conduct of Scientific Research and Bioethics
Brief Description: Dr. Lawrence S. Cohen and senior faculty in the medical school teach seminars on responsible and ethical conduct of medical research.
1 hour; scheduled intermittently; minimum of 3 sessions