December 2, 2015
The University of South Alabama College of Medicine Psychiatry Student Interest Group Network (PsychSIGN) recently received the Helping Hands Grant from the American Psychiatric Foundation. PsychSIGN is a student interest group for USA medical students interested in a career as a psychiatrist. This is the second year the student organization has received the award. The members of the organization used the grant to host a mental health awareness event at Flea Market Mobile on Nov. 14, 2015. The medical students handed out bags containing information about mental health issues and aimed to educate people about symptoms of mental illnesses such as depression, substance abuse and anxiety. Complimentary... See more...
October 6, 2015
Dr. Sandra Parker, associate professor and vice-chair of psychiatry at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, was featured in last month’s list of 2015's Inspirational Physicians by the American Medical Association - Women Physicians Section (AMA-WPS). The AMA-WPS’ Inspirational Physicians Program presents an opportunity for physicians to express appreciation to the unique men and women who have offered their time, wisdom and support throughout their professional journeys. AMA-WPS members were invited to tell about a professional colleague or teacher who has served a special role in their life and career. The individual may have inspired them to greater heights, steered them into a specialty they love, helped them find balance in life and work, guided them through their professional society, challenged them to surprise themselves, or unknowingly been a role model for them and to others. This year Dr. Parker was recognized for being one of these inspirational leaders with the AMA-WPS.
April 22, 2015
Dr. Ronald Franks, chair of the USA Department of Psychiatry, was named to Gov. Robert Bentley’s Alabama Health Care Improvement Task Force. The 38-member task force created by executive order will address how to bring more accessible and affordable health care to residents in the state of Alabama. Dr. Franks, looking forward to serving on task force said, “Alabama is fortunate to have an extraordinary level of high quality health care providers, but we have some significant health care challenges facing the people of this state.” See more...
August 6, 2014
On July 1, 2014, the University of South Alabama graduate medical education program expanded to include a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship. The program is directed by Dr. Eddie Finn, assistant professor of psychiatry, in collaboration with AltaPointe Health Care Systems. The first class to begin training this summer is comprised of three physicians. As faculty of the USA department of psychiatry, we are all engaged in the clinical work and teaching programs of AltaPointe and the USA College of Medicine,” said Dr. Finn. “We were eager to address a significant shortage area in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry. Because of the shortage of trained child and adolescent psychiatry professionals in the area, several organizations pulled together the resources to launch the program. Dr. Finn says that the Coastal Resource and Resiliency Center at USA was a major contributor.
June 17, 2014
Dr. Ronald Franks, chair of the USA Department of Psychiatry, was recently installed as the Medical Association of the State of Alabama’s president at the 2014 MASA Annual Session, which was held in Destin, FL. Dr. Franks previously served as MASA president-elect. Dr. Franks, a board certified psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry, joined USA in July 2007 as vice president for health sciences, a new division of the University consisting of the College of Allied Health Professions, the College of Medicine and the College of Nursing. See more...
Numerous members of the USA Psychiatry Residency program were elected to positions the 2014 American Psychiatric Association Assembly.
Dr. J. Luke Engeriser, USA residency program director, was awarded the 2014 American Psychiatric Association Assembly Resident-Fellow Section Mentor Award at the APA Annual Meeting.
Dr. Christina Talerico (PGY1) was elected the American Medical Association (AMA) Women Physicians Section (WPS) Governing Council Resident and Fellows Section Representative. This position, to be held for a two-year term, will officially commence upon the conclusion of the 2014 AMA Annual Meeting this June.
Dr. Mark Haygood (PGY4) was elected the American Psychiatric Association Area 5 Early Career Psychiatrist (ECP) Deputy Representative at the APA Annual Meeting. This is a four-year term, and Mark will serve our region as the ECP Deputy Representative for two years and as the ECP Representative the following two years. Mark will be representing our region which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia (excluding suburban DC), West Virginia, and the Uniformed Services.
Dr. Candes Dotson (PGY2) was elected the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Area 5 Resident-Fellow Member (RFM) Deputy Representative at the APA Annual Meeting. This is a two year term, and Candes will serve as the RFM Deputy Representative this year and as the RFM Representative next year. Candes will be representing our region which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia (excluding suburban DC), West Virginia, and the Uniformed Services.
Dr. Sandra Parker, vice-chair of the USA Department of Psychiatry, was installed as President of the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association. Dr. Parker served as President-Elect of the APPA this past year. Also, Dr. J. Luke Engeriser, USA psychiatry residency program director, was elected secretary of the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association. Dr. Engeriser previously served as the treasurer of the APPA the past four years.
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