Guest Blog: Michigan Psychiatric Society 2017 Spring Meeting

Jane Sherzer is the Executive Director of the Michigan Psychiatric Society.   Jane joined the MPS in 2015 after a lengthy career in corporate finance.  She is a proud graduate of the University of Iowa.

As you look out your windows these days, it is hard to imagine that soon it will be spring and all the snow and ice will be melted.  We will have green grass, the crocuses will be blooming and it will be time once again to join your colleagues at the annual Michigan Psychiatric Society Spring Meeting.  Join us Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Morris Lawrence Center at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Our meeting is one you will not want to miss!  Approved for up to six hours of CME this year we have assembled a distinguished faculty presenting topics of interest in today’s environment, including autism both in children and transition age, ADHD in adults, behavioral disturbances in dementia and risk assessment for violence in todays “armed” environment.

Our keynote speaker Phillip Resnick, MD will present Risk Assessment for Violence in a Land of Guns.  Dr. Resnick is internationally recognized in his field and currently serves as a Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Division of Forensic Psychiatry at Case School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.  Dr. Resnick will provide a practical map through the marshy minefield of uncertainty in risk assessment for violence.  Attendees will have the opportunity to develop a violence prevention plan based upon their risk assessment.  

Anthony Rostain, MD, MA joins us from the University of Pennsylvania where he is a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics.  He is a Past President, American Professional Society for ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD) and the co-author of, “The Adult ADHD Tool Kit: Using CBT to Facilitate Coping Inside and Out,” and “Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD: An Integrative Psychosocial and Medical Approach.”  He will be presenting Adults with ADHD: Current Approaches to Diagnosis and TreatmentAttendees will review the hallmark features of ADHD in adults and key steps involved in assessing adults for ADHD, especially those who are being treated for other conditions such as anxiety and depression. 

Psychiatrists today face challenging issues in treating their patients from cradle to grave.  Children diagnosed with ADHD and autism spectrum disorder face challenges as they grow, mature and transition into adulthood.  Update on the Diagnosis and Management of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Children presented by Kelly M. Blankenship, DO and The Four Keys to Success for Transition Age Autism presented by Julie P. Gentile, MD will enlighten the attendees on the most current tools for diagnosis and management of these disorders as patients age.  

Behavioral Disturbances in Dementia: A Practical Primer for the Busy Practitioner presented by Mary Blazek, MD reminds us that 95% of people with dementia will experience behavioral or psychologic symptoms of dementia (BPSD) at some point during the course of illness.  Dr. Blazek will discuss different therapies including non-pharmacologic interventions during her presentation.  

Do not miss this opportunity to join your colleagues for these thought provoking discussions.  Of course, no meeting is complete without the opportunity for fellowship among your peers, so be sure to stay for the brief MPS business meeting, followed by a wine and cheese reception.  Likewise, residents and medical students will not want to miss the annual Speed Dating for Residencies and Fellowships, a chance for trainees to meet members of the multiple high-quality training programs in psychiatry in the state of Michigan.

For more information and to register click here or email Jane Sherzer at

We look forward to seeing you in April!