December 2020
License Renewal Reminder
Medical licensure must be renewed biennially, in even-numbered years. All current licenses issued by the Board of Medicine will expire December 31, 2020. Visit the Pennsylvania Licensing System (PALS) to apply, renew and check your professional license.

For more information on the State Board of Medicine and the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine Regulations visit our website
Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society Council to Award
Kathleen Dougherty, MD, DLFAPA with the 2020 Presidential Award
On Saturday, December 12, 2020, the PaPS Council will award the highest award presented by the Society, the Presidential Award, to Kathleen Dougherty, MD, DFLAPA.

As stated in the letter of nomination received on her behalf; “Dr. Dougherty has been a consistent advocate for the Society, her patients and their families at the State Capitol. Her interactions with various state agencies, including the PA Department of Commission on Crime and Delinquency (Mental Health Justice Advisory Committee), and the PA Department of Human Services’ Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services especially in the areas of involuntary commitment, outpatient treatment and services and forensic issues) have been invaluable.”

Dr. Dougherty served as president of the Society from June 2013 to June 2014. She currently serves the Society as chair of the PaPS Ethics Committee.
Ahmad Hameed, MD, DFAPA to Receive the Central Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society Presidential Award
Central Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society will be presenting its highest honor to Ahmad Hameed, MD, DFAPA during their virtual Holiday Event on Friday evening.

Dr. Hameed was nominated by T. Ling Tan, MD, DLFAPA. Dr. Tan paid many compliments in his nomination letter including, “Dr. Hameed has been working to ensure that mental health services are available to citizens of the commonwealth, advocating for protecting the mental health patients, educating the public, the legislators and educating the future psychiatrists.”

Dr. Tan also said, “Focus of his clinical work has been on providing the best possible care to his patient. He has been acknowledged for dedication to his patients by his patients, peers and institutional administration.”

Dr. Hameed served as president of CPPS from June 2010 to June 2011. He currently serves the chapter as a Councilor. Dr. Hameed also served as president of PaPS from June 2018 to June 2019. 
APA December Course of the Month - Paradise Lost: The Neurobiology of Child Abuse
Brain imaging, neuroendocrine and neurotransmitter studies have revealed the many long-term biological consequences of child abuse and neglect, which underlie an increased vulnerability to mood and anxiety disorders in adulthood. Presenters of this course will discuss their research on these findings in depth.

Save the Date! The PPS Virtual Symposium is Saturday, March 13!
The Pittsburgh Psychiatric Society will be holding their annual Half Day Symposium virtually on Saturday, March 13, 2021. The 2021 Symposium will feature the following sessions:

Physician Burnout:
What we Tell Ourselves and What Can be Done
Adam Tripp, MD, PhD
Private Practice:
The View From my Father's Desk
Mark Matta, DO, DFAPA
Psychopharmacology Update:
Atypical Antipsychotics Forms and Profiles
Maher Ayyash, MD, FAPA, FACLP
Brain-Behavior Correlates in Dementia:
It's A Lot More Than Memory
James Tew, MD

Watch your email for more information and registration!