June 2020

NEWS

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Q&A with Jacqueline Hobbs, MD, PhD

The Q Report - Over the past three years the Behavioral Health Work Group has led a process-improvement initiative to enhance care for emergency patients with behavioral health conditions. Dr. Hobbs has led this group for the past two years.

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Amanda Mihalik, MD

Dr. Mihalik-Wenger named Co-Chair of Institutional Housestaff Quality and Patient Safety Committee

Dr. Amanda Mihalik-Wenger, PGY-2, has been named Co-Chair of the Institutional Housestaff Quality and Patient Safety Committee for next year. After the first year of her appointment, she will become Chair. Amanda was chosen because of her passion for quality and patient safety, leadership skills, hard work and insights provided to the HQPSC while serving as a representative to the …

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ACGME Accreditation Congratulations

Psychiatry Programs Awarded Continued Accreditation Status

The ACGME Review Committee for Psychiatry recently reviewed our general and subspecialty programs (Child & Adolescent, Forensic, and Geriatric) and awarded the status of Continued Accreditation.  This is excellent news, and we thank all faculty, residents, fellows, and staff for everything you do to maintain our accreditation and continually improve our programs.

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2019 UF CARE Members

Pottash Professorship Research Lab Team

Seven members of the Florida Recovery Center research and assessment team completed their undergraduate degrees at UF this month. These dedicated students committed a minimum of three full semesters in the lab, and come from majors including biology, psychology, and health education and behavior, and all were on a pre-med track. The experiences gained during this time will serve as …

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Amanda Mihalik, MD

Dr. Mihalik-Wenger named Outside Reviewer for AJP Residents' Journal

Dr. Amanda Mihalik-Wenger, PGY-2, was named to an Outside Reviewer position with the American Journal of Psychiatry’s Residents’ Journal that serves as a forum for medical students, psychiatry residents, and fellows. The purpose of the Journal is to share ideas and experiences in training, clinical practice, research, and careers with colleagues. Check out the …

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Marcia Morris, MD

Helping College Students Cope With COVID-19

In Dr. Marcia Morris' latest Psychology Today column she provides parents with four tips to help your college student weather the coronavirus storm.

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New MRI scanner arrives at MBI

A new MRI scanner that will enhance research efforts across the UF campus was crane-lifted into the McKnight Brain Institute on Monday.

The Philips MR Ingenia Elition 3T MRI scanner, housed in the MBI’s Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Facility (AMRIS), replaces the Philips Achieva model which had been in use at the MBI for 14 years.

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Dr. Richard C. Christensen Memorial Ethics Curriculum

The UF Psychiatry Christensen Memorial Ethics Curriculum uses multimedia to explore medical ethics, with a focus on honoring Dr. Christensen's legacy of serving the underserved. This curriculum has been reviewed...

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Gainesville facilities help people with intellectual disabilities find dental care

According to the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, there are about 472,644 people in Florida living with an intellectual or developmental disability. The National Center for Biotechnology Information found in 2012 that adults with intellectual disabilities struggle to find quality oral health care, and said that 32 percent of patients had untreated cavities while 80 percent had severe gum disease.

In Gainesville, the Tacachale Dental Clinic and The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) have a common goal: make oral care a reality for people with disabilities.

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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

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UF Coronavirus Updates

University officials are closely monitoring updates regarding the novel coronavirus and will continue to provide information as the situation evolves. All students, faculty and staff are urged to stay informed. UF communications and other details regarding the situation are posted at http://www.ufl.edu/health-updates/

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Busting COVID-19 myths

Have you had it with all of the hearsay? The World Health Organization is sorting fact from fiction with their Coronavirus Myth Busters resource. Stay empowered by staying informed.

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Reminder that we have a new centralized contact for any UFCOM/UF Health employees in need of mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

• Psychiatric medication consultation and management

• Free individual short-term counseling

• Individual psychotherapy

• Resilience-based group therapy

If anyone reaches out to you for assistance, please encourage them call the UF Health Staff Telepsych Services center between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. (7 days per week) at 352-265-5459 or email c19peersupport@shands.ufl.edu [please provide name, contact number, and best time(s) to receive a call back].

 

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The Gator community sticks together in all kinds of weather, and that's never more evident than in times of transition and hardship. Aid-a-Gator has processed more than 1,000 requests for a total of $955,695 from students to help cover a variety of needs, including rent due to lost wages, unanticipated travel, additional technology requirements, replacements of medications, emergency childcare due to extended school closures, and other needs. To file an application or to donate for students, visit https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/aidagator/ and for employees, visit   https://benefits.hr.ufl.edu/gatorperks/aid-a-gator/.

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COVID-19 Emergency Paid Leave

Emergency Paid Sick Leave is part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This leave entitles eligible employees with up to 10 days, not to exceed 80 hours, of paid sick leave, pro-rated for part-time employees based on the number of hours the employee is normally scheduled to work over that period.

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Get a Plan / Get a Kit / Be Informed

We continue our preparedness on Get a Plan / Get a Kit / Be Informed by focusing on personal disaster supplies. A basic kit includes needed items for 3 days. While a kit should be customized to your specific situation, below are general guidelines to follow. A printer-friendly version is also available for handy reference.

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Plan for hurricane season

With a more active than usual Atlantic hurricane season forecast to start June 1, University of Florida disaster preparation experts say it’s time to plan, not panic.

“We likely will need to take an extra step in how we do the things we know how to do to prepare and mitigate and recover,” said Angie Lindsey, assistant professor in the Department of Family, Youth & Community Sciences. “We’re Floridians. We’ve gotten through a lot before, but what we have typically done in the past during hurricane season may not work this year due to COVID-19.”

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2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday May 29 through June 4, 2020

The 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins on Friday, May 29, 2020, and ends on Thursday, June 4, 2020. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax.

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SPOTLIGHT

As part of her AACAP/SAMHSA Award, Dr. Sarah Andrews was required to work on a project related to systems of care and presented that project titled "Implementing Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in a Child Psychiatry Division and Outpatient Service" in an Online Symposium on Substance Abuse, May 22nd.

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Resident of the Month

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Quality and Safety Star

Jonathan Browning, MD (PGY-4)

For our May Quality and Safety Star Award, we are honoring Dr. Jonathan Browning. It was noted by a faculty member that he included evidence-based information (in the form of a journal article) and recommendations during patient care handoff. Taking the time and effort to do so is really quality care! Thank you for being a Quality and Safety Star!

Check out our latest Quality and Safety Star Awardees on the Quality whiteboard in the adult workroom at the MOB.

If you have a nominee for future Quality and Safety Star Awards, please email Dr. Jackie Hobbs

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Staff Spotlight

 

Susan Nobles

Our Staff Spotlight for this month is Susan Nobles. Susan has always been willing to assist and lend a helping hand whenever needed. During this time of pandemic, Susan has extended herself by serving as support at Springhill and FRC working on-site the entire time alongside the physicians, fellows and therapists. We are grateful for your dedication and commitment to supporting the missions our department and your co-workers.

Thank you Susan for all you do for our department!

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Tip of the Cap

Tip of the cap to the many UF undergrad volunteers for their helping hands at clinic Monday evening.  We saw six patients in person, and all the patients appreciated their care and medications. The patients appreciate the care given by all the UF volunteers

The next clinic is Monday June 8th and everyone is welcome to attend. 

Helping Hands Clinic

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We need your help!

We'd like you to keep an eye out for those staff members that continually go above and beyond for the department.

Then we would like you to nominate them by submitting their name and a brief explanation of the awesome thing(s) they do!

The Executive Leadership Committee will vote on the candidates and we will announce the winner in the newsletter. 

Please submit your entries to Priscilla Spence

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Evidence Based Guide

Members from the Department of Psychiatry wrote an evidence based guide to mental health treatment in the COVID era for healthcare providers and other front line staff—it is for distribution to trainees and faculty. 

For a copy, please contact Priscilla Spence

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Clinical Research Seed Funding Opportunity Announcement

The Department of Psychiatry has released a new clinical research seed funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for which applications are now being accepted.

The purpose of the Psychiatry Clinical Research Seed Money Award is to provide financial support for faculty members in the UF Department of Psychiatry to initiate and develop a program of clinical research.  For purposes of this FOA, a “faculty member” is defined as faculty who have a minimum of 0.5 FTE appointment, not an Adjunct Faculty, Courtesy Faculty or OPS professional. Consideration will be given to junior faculty, post-graduate fellows in research training programs and senior faculty planning a change in career direction that requires empirical research.  Funding decisions will be based on the proposal’s scientific merit, its relevance to the clinical and academic emphases of the Department of Psychiatry and the potential for the proposed project to facilitate future extramural research support.

Opportunity Title: Psychiatry Clinical Research Seed Money Award 
Award Amount: $10,000 to $20,000 for one year
Award Period: 1 year 
Annual Application Due Dates: August 1st & March 1st

Please contact Nicole Bristow at nhenning@ufl.edu with any questions or for the FOA.

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UF CARD Update

UF CARD is still here to help! Please see our webpage for details. 

UF & Autism Conference has been postponed. We hope to reschedule it for the fall, stay tuned for details.

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New Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

An expansion of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that provides UF employees with improved access to mental health counselors as well as enhanced work life, financial and legal resources and services. To learn more about the expanded UF EAP, please visit http://eap.ufl.edu. If you have questions, please contact UFHR Communications and Worklife at (352) 392-2477 or eap-help@ufl.edu.

WELCOME

Ludmila De Faria, MD

Dr. De Faria comes from Florida State University where she was a Clinical Assistant Professor.

She completed her Medical Degree in the University of Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil. She was a resident in Psychiatry at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL.

Dr. De Faria will be providing outpatient care and consult services as appropriate to patients needing quality care.

Please welcome Dr. De Faria to the Department of Psychiatry!

JUNE EVENTS

Weekly webinar for all UF Health clinicians and staff

The Trauma-Informed Care, or TIC, Steering Committee is offering a weekly webinar beginning May 1 for all UF Health clinicians and staff, focusing on resilience and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. These webinars will feature clinical experts from the UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital, the UF Department of Psychiatry and the UF Division of Psychology.  

• When: Every Friday, starting May 1

• Time: Noon-1 p.m.

• ZOOM Location:  https://ufhshands.zoom.us/j/95910758185

PREVIOUS WEBINARS

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Sun Safety & Positive Affirmations

As summer approaches, protecting our skin from the sun is becoming even more important! This text-message based challenge will send you a reminder every morning to apply sunscreen. For an added dose of sunshine, the messages will also include a positive affirmation to brighten your day! Participants will receive a text message every morning from June 1 to June 30.

To sign up for the Sunshine State of Mind Challenge, text @sunsafe to 81010, or click here to join.

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June 5th | Grand Rounds

 “APA Poster Flash Talks”

Department of Psychiatry
University of Florida College of Medicine

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June 19th | Grand Rounds

 “Quality Improvement”

Department of Psychiatry
University of Florida College of Medicine

Join: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/99699495415

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WELLNESS CORNER

Resources to Promote Well-Being During the COVID-19 Outbreak

 

While we are maintaining social distance and/or quarantined, many people lose access to resources that support their self-care. Here is a list of resources to help you navigate this challenging time while maintaining your own well-being.

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Guided Meditations

Lead by Dr. Carol Lewis and Dr. Lori Waxenberg, these guided meditations, ranging from 1 1/2 to 15 minutes, will help you learn to notice thoughts, sensations, and emotions without being swept away by them. They have been shown to benefit both physical and emotional health.

Meditation Playlist »

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Streamed Fitness Class

Join a GatorCare staff member on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon for 15 minutes of an office (or home office)-friendly workout. No need to leave the office or change out of office clothes! Can’t join the live stream? Check out the recorded streams here.

Meeting URL: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/230607362

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MINDFULNESS  

Mindful Relaxation Minutes 

 

Please be sure to join us Thursdays at 12:15pm via Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting using: https://uflphi.zoom.us/j/159914780

 

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2 Minute Resilience Reset 

Try these 2 minute sessions hosted by Dr. Carol Lewis that focus on breathing to stimulate the soothing part of the nervous system, and learn a practical tip from resilience science to help you maintain your stability in these difficult times.

https://bit.ly/3dPcyFI

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