I am pleased to announce that our PSV Spring Meeting will be on March 17-18 at the Westin in Richmond. The theme for the meeting is Emerging and Cutting-Edge Treatments in Psychiatry. We include also additional related themes about; (a) how the field is developing regarding the types of practitioners (e.g., non-psychiatrist physicians) that are delivering actual new treatments, and (b) equity in terms of who has access to these cutting-edge treatments. We will hear from various experts about some of the latest treatments in psychiatry as well as advances in precision psychiatry. This meeting will be held in person and COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC will be followed.
We will have our usual Friday evening reception to meet our colleagues from across Virginia and to interact with local legislators. We will hear key updates from our legislative advisors and have an opportunity to ask questions about advocacy efforts.
Our main scientific session will be held on Saturday, and we have an exciting panel of faculty. We will start off the morning session with an update on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, as well as an address from the APA President about the future of psychiatry. Following that, we will transition into a discussion of precision medicine approaches in psychiatry. After lunch, we will hear from several guest speakers including one from the University of Pennsylvania, one from Iowa University, and two from Harvard. The topics will include a review of ketamine treatments for depression, an update on depression pharmacogenetics, and psychedelic assisted therapies. We will wrap up with a lively discussion about where the field is headed and how we will get there. The discussion will be an excellent opportunity to discuss the additional cross-cutting themes of the meeting.
Our Spring Meeting is sure to be an exciting event and I looking forward to seeing all of you there!
Albert J. Arias, MD
PSV Program Chair