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26th Annual Summer Seminars: Psychopharmacology, 2015

Ross J. Baldessarini, MD, DSc (hon.)

July 17, 2015 – July 19, 2015 | Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA | Harbor View Hotel More Information

This seminar will address the clinically important science of psychopharmacology as applied to treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, and anxiety disorders, with a focus on topics of importance for practicing clinicians. It will emphasize selected aspects of the evidence base that guides clinical practice in the use of psychotropic medicines to treat major psychiatric disorders, considering short-term and long-term efficacy and dosing of antipsychotic, mood-stabilizing, antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs, as well as their adverse-effect risks. The seminar will also consider ways of enhancing clinically successful and safe prescribing, and consider critically the importance of applying psychopharmacologic treatments in the context of comprehensive clinical care of psychiatric patients.

This course is designed so that participants will be able to:
  • Increase understanding of the evidence supporting short-term and long-term treatment of patients with psychotic, bipolar, major depressive, and anxiety disorders;
  • Evaluate treatment practices involving psychotropic drugs and develop strategies to implement in practice;
  • Determine the potentially severe adverse effects of psychotropic drug treatment, and take steps to limit risks and avoid adverse events;
  • Analyze the current relationship between treatment with psychotropic drugs and risk of mortality due to suicide and other causes of increased mortal risks in psychiatric patients;
  • Integrate psychopharmacology into comprehensive care of psychiatric patients;
  • Critically assess the advantages and limitations of psychopharmacology and its impact on the theory and practice of contemporary clinical psychiatry.

Additional Information


Registration: 4:00 pm

Seminar Format:

Friday: 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Saturday – Sunday: 8:15 am – 12:30 pm

Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Psychiatry Foundation, Inc./Contact Hours: 10


Physicians: The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ claimed by physicians attending live events certified and organized in the United States for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can be claimed through the agreement on mutual recognition of credits between UEMS and AMA, considered as being equal to the European Continuous Medical Education Credits(ECMEC©) granted by the UEMS. One AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is equivalent to one (1) hour of European EACCME Credit (ECMEC©), therefore up to 15 ECMEC© Credits are available. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Psychologists: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Counselors The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School continuing education is an NBCC Approved Continuing Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The Week-Long Summer Seminars for a maximum of 15 clock hours and the Weekend Summer Seminars for a maximum of 10 clock hours. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Social Workers: For information on the status of the application to the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, please call 617-754-1265 or email: sjruiz@bidmc.harvard.edu.

Nurses: The following programs have been approved by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses Inc. an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Psychopharmacology, 2015,
Ross J. Baldessarini, MD, DSc (hon.)

Ross J. Baldessarini, MD, DSc (hon.) is a Professor of Psychiatry and in Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Psychopharmacology Program and International Consortium for Bipolar Disorder Research at McLean Hospital. Dr. Baldessarini is the recipient of many regional, national, and international research, mentoring, and teaching awards, and is on the Institute of Scientific Information list of most-cited authors in pharmacology and psychiatry. He has authored over 2100 scientific articles and several books, including Chemotherapy in Psychiatry, third edition. He also wrote the chapters on psychopharmacology for the standard American textbook of pharmacology, Goodman and Gilman’s Pharmacologic Basis of Therapeutics for several decades, and serves on editorial boards of leading journals in pharmacology and psychiatry.