Continuing Education (CE) and Continuing Medical Education (CME) Programs
Psychiatry Grand Rounds:
Grand Rounds take place on Thursdays, September through June, from 12-1 p.m. EST in the Lazare Auditorium (1st floor - Medical School Building, S1-607, near the library) unless otherwise indicated. Rounds are attended by faculty, residents, and professional staff, and are also open to the public. Online links to the Grand Rounds are available to departmental faculty and staff. Videoconferencing equipment purchased by the department also offers off-site faculty live viewing at specified locations: Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital; CDRO / Biotech 1 / Addiction / Child; Ha; and Community Healthlink.
Public Sector Psychiatry Division Educational Programs:
The PSP division puts on an annual Public Sector Psychiatry Conference each summer, and has done so for over 30 years. The PSP topics are always dynamic, and national leaders present at the sessions. The conference is supported by the state Department of Mental Health. Many physicians attend.
Public Sector Psychiatry (PSP) has always educated residents in both inpatient and outpatient service, and has a long and sustained track record in psychiatry and psychology in the United States.
The division offers training programs for state contract physicians, including area medical directors (AMDs) and senior psychiatrists (SPs). The three AMDs and SPs meet monthly with PSP Division Director Dr. Jeffrey Geller. Every other month those meetings are held at UMass Medical School and include appropriate speakers to cover areas of interest to the group. The AMDs and SPs receive CME credits for these educational meetings. The Medical School has hosted these meetings for the past several years.
Every other year, the department holds a Research Day, which is distinguished by the prominent speakers that it attracts. Keynote addresses for this program are typically given by chief administrators or principal leaders in mental health agencies and organizations in the United States, such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Mental Health. The event has a reputation for focusing on pressing issues of the day, from addiction and child mental health, to complementary and alternative medicine, women’s mental health, and recovery.
Law and Psychiatry Program
Faculty members serve as consultants and provide services in forensic settings nationwide. They also offer training to law enforcement personnel, the public defense bar and the judiciary in Massachusetts.
The training efforts of the program focus on its Forensic Psychiatry Fellow Program and its Forensic Psychology Post-doctoral Program.
Practicum experience is provided in a variety of criminal and juvenile forensic settings, both within the University and in public sector correctional and court settings in the community.