Rescheduled: KPMA 2020 Annual Meeting

Please join us virtually on Thursday, October 15th and 22nd, for our 2020 Annual Meeting. This meeting will be free for all KPMA members.

On October 15th, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm we will have a panel discussion on addiction featuring Dr. Allan Brenzel, Dr. Lon Hays, Dr. Chris Stewart, and Dr. Michelle Lofwall. A Q&A/live discussion will take place from 8:30pm – 9:00pm.

On October 22nd, from 7pm – 8:30pm we will have a panel discussion addressing social justice issues and health disparities featuring Dr. Julio Ramirez, Dr. Cheryl Willis and Dr. Stephanie White. A Q&A/live discussion will take place from 8:30pm – 9:00pm.

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KPMA Town Hall

Please join us Monday, June 1st, from 6pm – 7pm for a discussion with Dr. Allen Brenzel regarding the climate of mental health in Kentucky and what psychiatry can do to help. We will also be discussing current changes in our practice systems and what we anticipate needing in the future to provide quality patient care. We will offer two breakout sessions led by Dr. Randy Schrodt and Dr. Kathy Vincent. Dr. Schrodt will moderate conversation around ambulatory/outpatient psychiatry while Dr. Vincent moderates conversation around academic/inpatient psychiatry. Registration is required. This town hall is open to members only.

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Postponed: 2020 KPMA Annual Meeting


Please join us on Friday, March 13th, 2020, at the Hurstbourne Country Club in Louisville, Kentucky, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, for our annual meeting. Our topics and speakers include: Nutrition and Health Panel with Dr. Carmelita Tobias & Dr. Christian Furman, Child & Adolescent Addiction Panel with Dr. Cathy Martin, et. al., A Review of New Medications and Clinical Experience with Dr. Eric Lydon, Dr. Josh Briley, and Dr. Michelle Lofwall, an Addiction Panel with Dr. Lon Hays, Dr. Chris Stewart, Dr. Allen Brenzel, and Dr. Michelle Lofwall, and Dr. Amy Meadows will be discussing the “Enduring Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences”. Accreditation This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and KPMA. The APA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Designation The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. *This meeting has been approved by the KBML for 5h HB1 CME. Syllabus – March 13, 2020 Slides A special thank you to our sponsors! Allergan Ironshore Pharmaceuticals Janseen PRMS Wellpath

Leah Dickstein – In Memoriam

Dr. Leah Joan Dickstein, 85
December 16, 2019
Dr. Leah Joan Dickstein, 85, former president of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), Vice President of the American Psychiatric Association, and Founder and President of the Association of Women Psychiatrists (AWP) passed away after a short illness on December 16, 2019 in Cambridge, MA. Born on August 17, 1934, in Brooklyn, NY, to William David Chernoble, an immigrant from Russia and printing press operator, and Sadie Rebecca Engelman, a teacher, she developed an early interest in mental health as she helped care for her own mother who struggled with depression, and her younger sister Renee, during her father’s service in the Navy during World War II, which included almost three years without any communication.  Leah graduated at 16 from Erasmus Hall High School.  At Brooklyn College, she was told she had no scientific ability and should not consider attending medical school.  Instead, Leah earned MA in teaching. She married Herbert Dickstein, another Brooklyn native, in 1955, and helped him complete medical school in Ghent, Belgium, which he attended due to restrictive quotas on Jews in U.S. medical schools.  When they returned to the U.S., Leah spent seven years as a sixth-grade teacher at PS 110 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY and had her first son, Stuart. It was then Herbert’s turn to help realize Leah’s dream of becoming a physician, as Leah completed premedical courses at Queens College, NY.  The family moved to Louisville because Leah was accepted at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.  Leah graduated in 1970 as one of only six women in a class of over 120. “Dr. D” as she became known to her patients and students then spent the next 37 years in Louisville as a Psychiatrist, Professor, and Administrator at the medical school, where she treated, mentored, and befriended thousands of medical students, medical residents, faculty, staff, and others.  She served as Associate Dean of Faculty and Student Advocacy, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, and Director of the Division of Attitudinal and Behavioral Medicine and Arts in Medicine Program. Decades of medical school graduates will remember her as the Co-founder and Director of the Health Awareness Workshop, an innovative weeklong orientation event that sought to develop physician physical and mental health before it was en vogue.  She had two more sons, Daniel and Steven, and the entire family helped in Dr. D’s nationally recognized program that taught generations of future physicians how to maintain their humanity during their careers.  As a clinician, Dr. D was available day or night, giving out the family’s home number to all patients in an era when there were no cell phones. Leah was a regional and national leader, including the above roles. She loved attending professional meetings nationally and worldwide, developing a large cadre of physician women leaders whom she helped break the “Lexan ceiling”- a term coined by her husband, Herbert, to describe the barriers that women faced which were even harder than glass.  She also helped mentor men, too, as she felt that “men of good conscience” – were essential to stand up for what was right, regardless of if it was to advocate for women or for men. A highlight of her travels was when she decided during the First International Conference on Women’s Health in Shanghai that those who were interested should be able to participate in a Passover Seder – which she led in a government office that she was told by her Chinese hosts was, at one time, a synagogue. For several decades beginning in the 1980s, she became a researcher of The Holocaust, which lead her to lecture, write, and conduct video interviews of survivors, both Jewish and Catholic, in the US, Europe, and Israel.  In all of these professional adventures, her family was by her side, serving as cameramen or schleppers. She served on many local boards, including Adath Jeshurun, JFVS, the JCRC Yom HaShoah Commemoration, U of L Hillel, U of L Medical School Alumni Association, St. Francis School, and Planned Parenthood. She was a member of the American, and Kentucky Medical Associations, Greater Louisville Medical Society, and Friends of the Kornhauser Library. Survivors include her husband of 64 years, sons Stuart (Dr. Nancy Shapiro) of Cambridge, MA, Dr. Daniel (Dr. Elizabeth Jacobs) of Barrington, RI, and Dr. Steven (Dr. Elissa Nelson) of White Plains, NY, and adored grandchildren Zev, Gefen, Jacob, Yona, Maddie, and Hannah. Funeral: Friday, 10am, at Cedar Park and Beth El Cemeteries, 735 Forest Ave, Paramus, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Leah’s memory to the Association of Women Psychiatrists, , PO Box 570218, Dallas, TX 75357-0218.