September 2019

NEWS

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Sara-Jo-Nixon

Dr. Sara Jo Nixon Awarded APA Division 50 Presidential Citation for Outstanding Service

Sara Jo Nixon, PhD was presented with a Presidential Citation for Outstanding Service at the American Psychological Association (APA) Convention in Chicago, IL.

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Marcia Morris,MD, Michael Shapiro, MD, Andres Pumariega, MD

Anxious, Stressed, and Lonely College Students Seek Out Campus MH Services

Marcia Morris, MD, Michael Shapiro, MD, and Andres Pumariega, MD — compared UF enrollment data with the number of psychiatric hospitalizations among students presenting at the UF Student Health Care Center.

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EAP

New EAP to offer improved access and expanded resources

An expansion of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that provides UF employees with improved access to mental health counselors as well as enhanced worklife, 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.

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Marcia Morris, MD

Helping Your College Senior Cross the Finish Line

Marcia Morris, MD addresses financial fear, career concerns, and mental health issues can delay graduation.

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WIMS Group Picture

Women in Medicine and Science Host Summer Camp Field Trip

WIMS (Women in Medicine and Science) hosted a field trip for a Girl’s Place and the Pace Academy summer camps. We had almost 100 young high school-aged women in the Harrell for a day. They participated in a variety of activities including seeing ultrasound in action and learning physical exam skills. One of the most popular parts of the day …

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UF Offers New Horticultural Therapy Course with Certificate Program to Follow

As a junior psychology major at the University of Florida, Emily Fradet looked for ways to gain more hands-on experience in clinical psychology, counseling and therapy treatment of patients. She stumbled upon a new fall 2019 introductory course in horticultural therapy...

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SPOTLIGHT

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Dr. Dawn Bruijnzeel Selected as VA Chief of Psychiatry Service

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Dawn Bruijnzeel on her selection as the new VA Chief of Psychiatry Service.

Dr. Bruijnzeel is a UF Alumna and has worked at the VA for 14 years. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry College of Medicine.

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2019 UF CARE Members

Eight Members of Florida Recovery Center Accepted as Student Affiliates of UF CARE

Eight members of the UF Health Florida Recovery Center research lab were accepted as student affiliates of the UF Center for Addiction Research & Education (UF CARE) in August. These undergraduate students assist with the research program created through Dr. Scott Teitelbaum’s Pottash Endowed Professorship in Psychiatry and Neuroscience. Two team members (Sarah Michaud and Evan Curry) presented at the …

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Dr. Larson Accepted to the ACGME Housestaff Council

Alison Larson, DO is representing the Psychiatry department at the newly form UF Housestaff Council. The Council will hold open forums for housestaff to voice concerns, an ACGME requirement. We are thankful to Dr. Larson for advocating for our residents and fellows.

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Dr. Herb Ward Celebration of Service

We had a very large turnout to celebrate Dr. Herb Ward's dedication to administrative leadership, service and education.

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Drs. Shapiro and Rahmani Elevated to Distinguished Fellow of the AACAP

Please join us in congratulating Michael Shapiro, MD and Mariam Rahmani, MD on their elevation to Distinguished Fellow with the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). This honor is given in recognition of their high level of training, skill and experience in child and adolescent psychiatry. Becoming a Distinguished Fellow represents excellence in their professional career and positive contributions to the psychiatry field.

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Reanne Mathai Research Paper Accepted for Publication

Reanne Mathai, an undergraduate University Scholars Program student mentored by Dr. Lisa Merlo has had her undergraduate research paper "Factors Associated with Opioid Use Disorder Diagnosis and Treatment Progress" accepted for publication in the UF Journal of Undergraduate Research. This is work that was completed using data collected from the FRC research databank, which is supported through the Pottash Endowed Professorship.

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Quality and Safety Star Award

Brian Cooke, MD

For our August Quality and Safety Star Award, we are honoring Dr. Brian Cooke. Dr. Cooke recently alerted our leadership to a significant process issue post-call that was intervened on to ensure patient safety. He routinely checks morning handoffs after his calls and alerts us to any concerns. That’s what it’s all about. Great job, Dr. Cooke!

Thanks for being a quality and safety star!

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Resident of the Month

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Tip of the Cap

Tip of the cap to Dr. Laurie Solomon and the UF undergraduate volunteers for their helping hands at clinic last evening.

All the patient are appreciative of the care given to them.

The next Monday clinic is September 9th. Everyone is welcome to join the Helping Hands Clinic.

 Helping Hands Clinic

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STAFF SPOTLIGHT

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Bobbi Reynolds

Bobbi is an Accountant III responsible for teaching hours, grant reporting, department accounting, and Faculty P&L's. Bobbi was tasked with writing the Emergency Plan for the whole Department of Psychiatry and did a remarkable job!  She has also done a wonderful job coordinating with all the designated Building Emergency Coordinators (BEC's) and getting them and all of us prepared for Hurricane Season. Thank you so much Bobbi for organizing this task and keeping the department prepared for any emergency! 

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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 by September 15th. 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW Online CME Offering for UF & Non-UF Physicians 

FREE for UF persons, $35 for Non-UF persons per lecture. We have 18 lectures online for you to choose from!

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SEPTEMBER EVENTS

September 3rd | AnARTist Workshop 

Join AnARTists as they capture creativity with cartoon cliches’. Have fun creating noise action and feeling for the non-cartoonist.

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September 5th | APA Abstract Submission Deadline

Travel resources are limited, make sure to submit your abstract for consideration! 

New Research posters ONLY may be submitted November 12, 2019 through December 12, 2019.

Meeting date: April 25-29, 2020; Location: Philadelphia, PA

Theme: “Advancing Quality: Challenges and Opportunities”

Submitter name (only one presenter per poster):

Title of Submission (maximum of 150 characters, with spaces):

Type of Submission:

( ) poster  ( ) media session  ( ) general session  ( ) courses ( ) other: _______

Co-authors (if any):

Abstract:The abstract should be a concise description of results, findings, and conclusions, maximum of 3,000 characters, with spaces. Please include a character count for the abstract.

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September 8-13 | National Suicide Prevention Week

Swing by for free resources, PSA posters and Lifesavers at UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital.

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September 10 | World Suicide Prevention Day! Paint the Wall!

Join us in painting the 34th Street Wall for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. 10 am till it's done!

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September 10 | World Suicide Prevention Day! Wear Purple and Teal

The purple and turquoise Suicide Prevention Ribbon symbolizes suicide awareness and prevention and serves as a reminder that suicide is an issue we need to talk about.

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September 11th | Grand Rounds

Jason Hunt, MD
12:00-1:00pm
UF Health Florida Recovery Center

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September 13th | Grand Rounds

Tardive Dyskinesia: Diagnosis to Evidence-Based Treatments

Richard Holbert, MD, FAPA & Uma Suryadevara, MD, FAPA
12:00-1:00pm
Shands Cancer Hospital (South Tower)
1204 & 1205
1515 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32608

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FRC Run 4 Recovery

September 15th | Inaugural 5K Run 4 Recovery 2019

The Inaugural Run 4 Recovery is Sunday, September 15th, 2019 at Depot Park, 874 SE 4th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. Kickoff for the event begins at 8:15 a.m. on the day of the event. Registration is free and includes a T-shirt for participants.

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September 24th-25th | NNDC Annual Conference 

Meeting date: September 24-25, 2019; Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Theme: “Mood Disorders in Transformation: Novel Approaches to Biology, Psychology, and Access to Care”

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2019 Quiet Time At The Zoo Flyer

September 28th | Quiet Time at the Zoo

 Come join Quiet time at the Zoo for Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo's first sensory inclusive event, September 28th, 9:00 - 11:00 am. Quiet Time at the Zoo will include interactive sensory stations and quiet zones, animal encounters, keeper talks, training demonstrations, food trucks and community resources for individuals on the autism spectrum. Learn more by visiting https://www.sfcollege.edu/zoo/teaching-zoo-events/quiet-time-at-the-zoo

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SAVE  THE  DATE

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October 9th | Grand Rounds

Laurie Solomon, MD
12:00-1:00pm
UF Health Florida Recovery Center

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October 11th | Grand Rounds

Bioethics and the Holocaust: Reflecting on the Past to Protect the Future

Stacy Gallin, DMH
12:00-1:00pm
McKnight Brain Institute
DeWeese Auditorium, LG-101A
1149 S Newell Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611

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January 16-19 | 27th Statewide Annual CARD Conference

Early Bird registration is open for the 27th Statewide Annual CARD Conference (Center for Autism & Related Disabilities). The conference will be held January 16 – 19, 2020 in Orlando.

There will be familiar faces amongst the presenters…Dr. D’Alli will be presenting The Pharmacotherapy of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Dr. Shapiro will be presenting The Florida Baker Act and Autism.

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EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

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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Run. Hide. Fight.

If an active assailant is reported or encountered: Decide – Run. Hide. Fight.

RUN – If the assailant ‘s location is known and the opportunity to escape is available, flee the area.

HIDE – If you are inside a building and the assailant(s) location is unknown, secure in place and deny access.

FIGHT – As a last resort and only if your life is in immediate danger, defend yourself.

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WELLNESS CORNER

HIIT with Britt at Springhill

Join GatorCare Wellness Coordinator & Certified Personal Trainer Brittany Evans on the first Tuesday of every month for a high-intensity interval workout!

• First Tuesday of each month, 5:15-6:00 p.m.

• Located at the Parking Garage behind UF Health Springhill, Builidng 2, 4197 NW 86th Terrace

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Piloting Lunchtime Fitness Class, Health Science Center

The UF Wellness team is piloting a lunchtime fitness class in the Communicore (next to the main hospital and HPNP) starting September 3rd. The class will run every Tuesday from 12:15-12:45 and will be a high intensity interval training (HIIT) style class.

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Outdoor Fitness Adventure

Join Morgan for an outdoor fitness adventure! This class will combine strength training and cardio to give you a full body workout utilizing your own body weight, resistance bands, dumbbells and the stadium itself! Exercises will be modified for all levels. 

When: Wednesday's 5:30-6:30 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium-Gate 18

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Ongoing FREE Fitness Classes

For the most up-to-date information on the ongoing fitness classes, please visit the GatorCare Calendar.

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Healthy Back to School Series: Dinner Recipes

Evenings can be busy, especially during the school year. Having healthy recipes on hand that can be whipped up in a snap can save time and stress when thinking about what to prepare. Not sure where to start?

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MINDFULNESS  RELAXATION  MINUTES

Mindful Relaxation Minutes 

September Mindfulness Leader:

Carol Lewis, PhD, MPH, CPH

Carol Lewis, PhD, MPH is a clinical psychologist who has training in 3 mindfulness-based programs – Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).  Dr. Lewis uses mindfulness strategies extensively in her clinical work.  As a public health practitioner, Dr. Lewis is working on developing low-intensity, easily accessible mindfulness-based treatment strategies.  She is also a regular meditator and yoga practitioner, who meditates with a Thich Nhat Hanh –based meditation group, and retreats yearly.

Please be sure to join us Thursdays at 12:15pm via videoconference at MBI, MOB, Little Springhill or 

Join Zoom Meeting using: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/887954641​

Dial in toll-free: 1-888-585-9008, Conference Room ID#: 524541356   (Please use *2 to mute your line once you have joined.​)

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NEWSLETTER  STAFF

Articles: David Roberts          

Editor: Priscilla Spence

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