Snapshot

From the War Zone to the Home Front:

Supporting the Mental Health of Veterans and Families

In collaboration with the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, the Psychiatry Academy produced two separate online series with a combined total of 23 one-hour sessions. Each session debuted on http://www.mghcme.org with a live broadcast and was immediately made available for participation on-demand.

Targeted to community-based primary care and mental health providers, including physicians, psychologists, nurses, and clinical social workers, these series provide a comprehensive look at suicide risk assessment in veterans, diagnosis and treatment of co-morbid PTSD and TBI, substance abuse, sleep problems, the culture of returned veterans, new DSM-5 criteria on PTSD, complicated grief in veterans and military families, and other challenges facing returning veterans and families today.

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Maintenance of Certification Modules

To help psychiatrists meet evolving certification standards, the Psychiatry Academy developed and implemented more than a dozen Maintenance of Certification (MOC) modules. These CME-certified modules have been reviewed and approved by specialty boards such as the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) as part of a comprehensive self-assessment program, which is mandated by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) as a necessary component of maintenance of certification.

These standardized online modules follow a self-assessment format, are easy to complete and submit online, offer detailed explanations to reinforce and support submitted answers, and provide participants with comparative analysis on how they scored compared to their peers. This helps participants identify clinical and practice management areas where they may seek additional education.

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Psychopharmacology Conference

Now in its 38th year, this annual conference has educated thousands of clinicians on psychopharmacology for the entire spectrum of psychiatric disorders. It features three full days of content and more than 30 internationally-recognized faculty experts from the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry.

The conference focuses on providing an interactive environment where participants from multiple professions can engage faculty face-to-face and ask clinical questions. This helps overcome barriers to care and enhances translation of research into effective clinical practice.

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Theater of War

In collaboration with social impact company Outside the Wire, the Psychiatry Academy is involved in the production of more than 20 community-based events to raise awareness for veterans mental health and PTSD, as well as an innovative mobile app for patients, family and caregivers.

Theater of War is an innovative public health project that presents readings of ancient Greek plays as a catalyst for an in-depth discussion about PTSD and the challenges faced by service members and veterans, their families, caregivers, and communities regarding the unspoken psychological impacts of war.

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Government Grants

As part of several federally-funded grants provided by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the Psychiatry Academy was selected to disseminate research findings of studies involved in the grants.

Typically it takes almost a decade for new discoveries to advance and become integrated into routine clinical practice. These grants are built to leverage the Psychiatry Academy's expertise in dissemination science and knowledge translation to speed up that process by advancing new findings from researchers to clinicians as quickly as possible through podcasts, webinars, community events, and other learning modalities.

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