September 2019
Upcoming Events
The Philadelphia Psychiatric Society (PPS) and
The Pennsylvania Society for Addiction Medicine (PSAM)
Invite You to Attend the 5th Annual Addictions Symposium
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Pain Management, Identification of Addiction, and Practices of Prescribing/Dispensing of Opioids: A Two-Track Update on Addictions.

Two, full-day tracks to help maximize your experience at the symposium! Choose which sessions you would like to attend to customize your learning. Participants are not limited to selecting from one track. Each educational track offers a maximum of 6.0 CME credits. Please see the registration site for more details.
We cordially invite you to join us at the 2019 Residents' Research and Awards Night on Monday, September 23, 2019.

This is a free event for members, medical students and residents. The residents, medical students and psychiatric nurse practitioner students will be displaying their research. Please come and take the time to network with exhibitors and your colleagues. 
This annual social event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and poster viewing, followed by dinner, networking and our awards ceremony. 
The Miscommunication of Medicine: Industry-Sponsored Ghostwriting
and the Crisis of Credibility

Hosted by The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Monday, September 23, 2019
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Join Leemon McHenry as he speaks about corruption in the pharmaceutical industry during his lecture- "The Miscommunication of Medicine: Industry-Sponsored Ghostwriting and the Crisis of Credibility".

Government investigations and plaintiff's lawsuits have brought to light the misreporting of clinical trial results facilitated by pharmaceutical industry ghostwriting. Using documents released in litigation, this lecture exposes the role of medical communication firms and pharmaceutical marketing in the construction of the medical literature, conference presentations and continuing medical education. Prescribing physicians and researchers are confronted with a crisis of credibility in the attempt to find reliable medical information in a post-truth world dominated by message-driven public relations, competing narratives, distortion and deliberate deception.
2019 Risk Management CME Seminars Hosted by PRMS
The topic of our risk management CME seminars in 2019 is practicing outside one’s comfort zone. We will be presenting half-day CME seminars in Philadelphia on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

Our seminars will offer strategies to address the challenges faced by mental health clinicians due to the shortage of psychiatrists, such as patient populations for which you have not had subspecialty training. The program will also address medical marijuana and psychiatrists’ responsibility in the recommendation and certification of patients for its use.

The course is free to residents, fellows, as well as, to our clients. Of course, you are most welcome to attend as our guest. More information can be found here:
AntiMOC Lawsuit Update
Westby G. Gisher, MD, FACCC
As the summer winds on, I have been approached by more and more people who would like an update on where the litigation filed against the many member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties stand since the lawsuits were filed. I will do my best to briefly summarize the status of those lawsuits as I understand them. (For background on why these lawsuits have been filed against so many of the American Board of Medical Specialties specialty boards,  please review this video ).

To read more of this article, click here .
Honor a life lost
With more than 400 deaths each year, suicide among physicians is a crisis we cannot ignore. Nearly every person in the medical community has been affected by physician suicide.
Whether it is the loss of a friend, colleague or mentor, the Foundation looks to honor these stories and raise awareness about this critical issue.
If you would like to share the story of someone you lost, please contact Cassie Davis at or (717) 558-7839.
We plan to share these powerful anecdotes during the month of September, which is National Suicide Awareness Month. September 16 is National Physician Suicide Awareness Day.