Community Psychiatry Academic Forum

Community Psychiatry Academic Forum

Date: Thursday, June 2, 2022 Time: 3PM – 6PM Zoom link – register in advance Free registration

Healthy Rural California’s inaugural Community Psychiatry Academic Forum will be the foundation for our future residents! This year, the Forum is a chance for Healthy Rural California’s Faculty to present CME to the medical community in rural Northern California. This is also an opportunity to learn about our efforts to establish GME in the region.

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3:00 PM Welcome & Update

Ted Zwerdling, MD, DIO of Healthy Rural California’s GME Committee, will provide an overview of ACGME requirements, medical education, legislation, funding and future growth. Hear about other initiatives underway to support Healthy Rural California’s 28 future residents, including our future Integrated Behavioral Health Family Medicine Residency program. Looking forward, where will Psychiatry be in 20 years?

3:40 PM Overview of Proposed 4-Year Curriculum

Rachel Mitchell, MD, Associate Program Director, Proposed Community Psychiatry Residency, will describe the academic plans for Healthy Rural California’s proposed Community Psychiatry Residency, review ACGME requirements and how we are meeting them. How will our future 16 Psychiatry residents meet their milestones?

4:10PM 10 minute Break and Q & A

4:20 PM What are current Medical Students seeking in a rural Psychiatry Residency?

Harkirat Saggu, MD, Program Director, Healthy Rural California’s Community Psychiatry Residency, wears many hats. Dr. Saggu is the Medical Director at Willow Glen long-term inpatient care in Yuba City, as well as lead Psychiatrist at Ampla Health. He is faculty at Northstate College of Medicine in Sacramento and brings a passion for teaching to our work.

5:00 PM Increased Rate of Eating Disorders 

Dr. Ahmed Abouesh, CEO and CMO of Therapeutic Solutions, will speak on Eating Disorders which have increased 30% in the country during the pandemic. 

5:30 PM Stanford’s Community Psychiatry Residency Track

Jonathan Updike, MD, a Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, will share new developments with a focus on Community Psychiatry. Dr. Updike has been an active member of the Butte-Glenn Medical Society Residency Task Force since he was a resident in 2019. He will address how a Community Psychiatry Residency is different and how Stanford might partner with Healthy Rural California for didactics.

5:30 PM Quick Wrap-up, Discussion, finish before 6 pm