Here are some highlights of the awards and news made by Duke Psychiatry Doctors in 2012 - 2014:
Nora Dennis, Duke Psychiatry PGY4 resident, at the 167th Annual meeting of the APA; May 3, 2014.
Congratulations to Dr. Betsy Sumner for her Honorable Mention in the NIMH Outstanding Resident Award Program!
The American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry (AACDP) selected Dr. Chelsea Neumann to serve a two-year term (2013-2015) as a resident representative to the American Association of Medical College’s (AAMC) Organization of Resident Representatives.
2013-2014 APPLESEED AWARD RECIPIENTS
Congratulations to the residents selected by Duke Medical Students for the APPLESEED Award. Awarded to fewer than 10% of Duke Residents over the course of the year, the Appleseed Awards are student-initiated, student-maintained awards designed to recognize residents who make outstanding contributions to medical student education.
The following Psychiatry Residents have been acknowledged with the 2013-2014 Appleseed Award:
Felicia “Lin” Walker
Brian Kincaid (Med-Psych)
Nick Wisnoski (Med-Psych)
CONGRATULATIONS, and THANK YOU!!!
Thank you to the Appleseed Award Winners and to everyone who contributes to an educational team environment on the psychiatry clinical services!
Steve Szabo, MD
- 2012– Fellowship Recipient: NIAAA and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Educational Outreach Program for Residents in Alcohol Research, San Fransisco, CA
- 2012– Research Grant: NARSAD Young Investigator Award - Modeling Seizure-Inducing Therapy with Optogenetics: Elucidating Mechanism of Action
- 2012 – Fellowship Recipient: American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, New York, NY
- 2010 – Junior Investigator Award: American Psychiatric Association (APA) 15th Annual (Honorarium)
- 2010 – Award Winner – NCDEU New Investigator Award – Boca Raton, FL (Honorarium) Combination methyphenidate with delayed release odansetron in treatment of stimulant abuse
Meera Balasubramaniam, MD
- 2012 - Geriatric Mental Health Foundation Honors Scholar
David Karol, MD
- 2012 Recipient of the Department of Medicine House Staff Community Service Award
Congratulations to Dr. Crystal White, Psychiatry resident and Dr. Andrew Muzyk, Med/Psych Pharmacist, for winning the Association of Academic Psychiatry's 2012 Psychiatric Education Award!!! The highly-prized award recognizes their success in creating a novel advanced psychopharmacology curriculum ("BIOPSY") that combines interactive psychopharmacology quizzes using an audience response system, resident review of the psychiatric literature, and conversation with an expert discussant about challenges in practical clinical application. Their names will be added to a list of distinguished educators in Psychiatry.
The award, established in 1988, is given to an outstanding psychiatric educator or an outstanding psychiatric educational project or program in recognition of excellence in psychiatric education with significant impact. The award acknowledges innovative and exemplary psychiatric educators and/or educational programs—at the medical school, residency and faculty development levels, as well as those people and programs involved in educating non-psychiatrists and/or the general public about psychiatry.
Lauren Franz, MBChB, MPH, Child Psychiatry and Global Health Fellow, Duke University Medical Center
Project: Cross cultural, developmentally sensitive, adaptation of an autism diagnostic tool
Across all countries, investment and research into preventing and treating early childhood neuropsychiatric disorders, is disproportionately low relative to their disease burden. Controversy exists over the universality of psychiatric disorders, particularly in early childhood, as a result of a lack of scientifically sound studies, heterogeneity of methodological approaches, lack of biological markers, and unanswered questions regarding the influence of culture on the presentation of neuropsychiatric disorders. With the long term goal of developing a cross cultural, developmentally sensitive assessment of early childhood psychopathology, and with the support of the Duke Global Health Fellowship Program, Lauren will be collaborating with researchers in KwaZulu Natal South Africa on a cross-cultural translation of the Autism Diagnostic Observational Schedule. A portion of the children participating in this study, are nested within a cohort of 2000 young children and their caregivers, followed longitudinally, to assess for the effects of caregiver mental health and family functioning on early child cognitive, emotional, and physical health status. Website: http://www.zerotothree.org/about-us/funded-projects/fellowship/class-of-2012.html .
The Next Generation of Neuropsychiatric Diagnostics & Therapeutics: Dr. Kafui Dzirasa
Duke Medicine-Psychiatry Video: by Dr. Jason Webb
"The Impact of the Duke University Medicine Residency Global Health Program (GHP) on the Practice of Medicine: Meaning Making and Outcomes for Residency Education ", by Med-Psych Chief Resident, Dr. Jason Webb. (Video file format.) To read more about Dr. Webb, see his profile at this Duke web page .
Eleven Duke physician residents representing nine different departments enrolled in the Documenting Medicine program this year. They presented their final projects, which encompass a wide range of patient and provider stories, in a ceremony on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Psychiatry Resident Jose Ribas created a photographic survey of therapeutic spaces. The Documenting Medicine projects use documentary as a mode of inquiry to highlight the human dimension in healthcare today. For more information about this program, visit: http://www.documentingmedicine.com/ 
Dr. Jennifer Segura, Child and General Psychiatry trainee, has become a documentarian! In an effort to document the patient experience, she picked up a camera and got to work. Check out her website!: http://aiopduke.wordpress.com 
Psychiatry Resident Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD, was featured on 60 Minutes. Dr. Dzirasa received his undergraduate degree from University of Maryland Baltimore County, which has built a recognized program in the sciences, and continued his education and career as a physician researcher at Duke. Watch Dr. Dzirasa’s interview at http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7388127n&tag=contentBody;storyMediaBox .