National Association of Academic Psychiatric Administrators
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Vol 26, no. 2
Fall 2014

From the President's Desk

By Glory Novak

Glory Novak

Dear NAAPA Colleagues,

It was great to see so many friendly faces at our Chicago conference, as well as seven new members.  This involvement and growth are a result of the hard work by our Education Committee and Membership Committee.  Kudos to you all!  Despite the rainy weather, we experienced the flavor, architecture and cultural vibe of Chicago and learned from experts affiliated with Northwestern University, University of Illinois-Chicago, Loyola University, and Rush Medical Center.

Our fall conference highlighted, in many ways, inevitable changes in academic psychiatry -- from facilities renovations that improve patient flow and environment, to changes in residency program requirements, to novel behavioral processes for engaging inpatients in their healing.  Change is undeniably the new norm.

Changes in psychiatry also necessitate changes in our administrative roles and the needs of our evolving institutions. As announced at the fall conference, I am personally affected by this evolution, having recently been non-renewed in my role as administrator for the University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry.  Our hospital and practice plan leaders are moving away from traditional departmental oversight of the academic/research/service mission toward a service line model, and my institution is apparently seeking a different skill set with an emphasis on hospital operations.

With this change, I face an unfortunate need to resign midterm as your NAAPA President. With the support of the NAAPA Board, President Elect Ruth Irwin (UCLA) has agreed to transition into the Presidency, and I have appointed Janet Namini (Northwestern) to serve as President Elect. Beth Ambinder (Johns Hopkins) has graciously agreed to an extended term as Immediate Past President. I offer sincere thanks to these leaders and to our incredible board for their support and understanding during this difficult time.

NAAPA, and our respective institutions, will continue to change and evolve, hopefully for the better.  Wishing you success in your personal and professional futures,

Glory Novak
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”   John F. Kennedy
2014 Membership Updates
New Members

Carly Collins
University of Michigan Medical School

Jen Feeman
Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Sarah Hamilton
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences

Robin Holt
Emory University

Susanne Johnston
University of Texas Medical Branch

Levi Kannedy
University of Iowa

Daniel Karchmer
Cleveland Clinic

David Kubacki
University of Toledo

Kathy Kujawa
University of Illinois at Chicago

Jeanne Lincoln
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Bernadette Liu
Stanford University School of Medicine

Paul McArthur
University of Rochester Medical Center

Peter Prevot
Tulane University

Magda Rodriguez-Vega
University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, School of Medicine

Kelli Rude
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria

Paul Sewing
Loyola University Medical Center

Wayne Young
JPS Health Network (University of North Texas Health Science Center) 
Member “Goings”

Chad Abernathy
Columbia University

Paul Cavaretta
SUNY at Buffalo

Kathryn Crist
Tufts University Medical School

Judith M. Hyer
Scott and White Hospital and Clinic

Joseph Ricci
Medical College of Georgia

Bradley Cherry
Stanford University School of Medicine

Mary Battaglia
University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston Medical School

Summer Todd
Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine

Patricia Kersey
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Service Line Organization of a Schizophrenia Service

By Beth Ambinder

The schizophrenia service is an eleven bed inpatient service with an attached day hospital of about four to five patients.  The service is staffed by one attending, a resident, a physician assistant, two social workers and nursing staff.  Staff moves between the inpatient and day hospital based on patient needs and overall acuity.  As many patients are without stable housing, a four bed house near the hospital is staffed at night and available to day hospital patients who would otherwise be unable to attend. Patients are transported to the house after dinner and then return the following day for breakfast and treatment.  There is a significant workload for staff on the unit and their level of experience and expertise with the patient population enables them to manage as a well-organized team. 

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Inside this Issue

From the President’s Desk

Service Line Organization of a Schizophrenia Service

Education Committee

Spring 2015 Educational Conference

Fall 2014 Educational Conference Highlights

NAAPA Technology

Education Committee Update

by Ruth Irwin

Our Fall Educational Conference held October 16th and 17th in Chicago was a great success!  We were very fortunate to have speakers from four prestigious institutions in the area, Northwestern, Rush, Loyola and The University of Illinois at Chicago.  34 participants attended presentations ranging from Human Resources, Clinical programs in Women’s Health and Geriatrics and Residency updates to Behavioral Activation in the inpatient setting.  Participants also benefited from a thoughtful presentation on Clinical Productivity Models, presented by member and president-elect, Janet Namini. Many attendees found this discussion extremely relevant and helpful, so much the discussion carried on into lunch where a special table was designated for more in-depth conversation. The conference concluded with an optional tour of the newly designed inpatient unit at Northwestern.  Those of us who participated in the tour left envious of their beautifully designed and spacious unit!  All presentation material can be found on our website, as well as presentation material from previous conferences.

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Spring Educational Conference
and Spring Business Meeting
April 8 - 10
Portland, Oregon

Just as our location changes, so do our topics! They are relevant, timely, and reflect input from our membership. Our agenda will address issues in research, the clinical enterprise, and teaching/training in addition to national healthcare trends. We will review benchmarking data specific to our institutions to help chart our strategic course.

Network with your peers from other academic institutions in one of the world's great towns for weirdness, cheap food, funky neighborhoods, forest hikes and much more. Endlessly entertaining and intriguing, it's easily walked and explored by bike and most locals will tell you the famous rain is merely a bonus.

Conference Details

Fall 2014 Educational Conference Highlights
Chicago, Illinois

The powerpoint slides from the October conference in Chicago are available online. If you would like access to these slides you can contact Ruth Irwin.

Conference Presentations
External and Internal Preparations in the Launch of a Pan-departmental Center on Depression & Resilience
Scott Langenecker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
Director of Cognitive Neuroscience Center
University of Illinois at Chicago
Behavioral Activation as a Treatment Model in the Inpatient Setting
Jacqueline Gollan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University
Clinical Productivity Model – How to get here from there, Case Study: Northwestern University – Department of Psychiatry
Janet Namini, MBA
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University
Hire for Fit
Karen J. Pinkney
Organizational Development Specialist
Loyola University Medical Center
Women’s Behavioral Health
Alison M. Reminick, M.D.
Director of Outpatient Services and Director of the Center for Women’s Behavioral and Mental Health
Rush University Medical Center
Take Two Minutes
Benchmarking Discussion – Jeff Charlson
Building a Healing Environment: Design Elements that Promote the Recovery Process on an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit
Maureen Slade, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, NE-BC
Director of Medicine and Psychiatry
Northwestern University
Nuts and Bolts of Psychiatry Residency Training: The Inside View
Joan Anzia, M.D., Professor and Vice Chair of Education

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University
The 5 Ds of Geriatric Psychiatry
Murali S. Rao, M.D., DFAPA, F.A.P.M.
Chairman, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences
Loyola University Medical Center

Attendee Feedback

Great conference. I really enjoy networking with colleagues.

Always awesome! Great exchanges of info, support one another, morale, etc. Look forward to coming every time.

First time - great group. Enjoyed the first meeting and looking forward to Oregon.
Fall 2014 Meeting Attendees:  (L-R) Front Row:  Susan Routburg, Marie Caffee, Pam Wesley, Carly Collins,  Debra Tachin, Beth Ambinder, Diana Zabbrano,
Rene Morrow, Annmarie Lucas, Suzanne Morris, Jennifer Collins   2nd Row: Melissa Sinclair, Kathy Kujawa, Glory Novak, Joyce Collins, Jeanne Lincoln,
Narriman Shahrokh, Jim Landry, Jeff Charlson, Ruth Irwin, Brian Spector, Janet Namini, Steve Blanchard   Back Row:  Paul Sewing, Debbie Pearlman, Levi Kannedy,
Peter Prevot, James Rosser, Jim Myers, Geoff Erickson, Susanne Johnston, Liz Stevenson.
WELCOME New Meeting Attendees:  (L-R) Kathy Kujawa, Carly Collins,  Joyce Collins, Levi Kannedy, Jeanne Lincoln, Susanne Johnston,
I really enjoyed it. Great location and good topics. I will specifically use the “building a healing environment” as we go through a construction project. 
Upper left, clockwise:
Glory Novak, NAAPA President, University of Arizona & Beth Ambinder, NAAPA Past-President, John Hopkins Medicine

Scott Langenecker, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Psychology, Director of Cognitive Neuroscience Center, University of Illinois at Chicago

Glory Novak, NAAPA President, University of Arizona & Jacqueline Gollan, PhD, Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University

Janet Namini, MBA, Northwestern University
Great topics! I will be talking through some of the information gathered from this experience with my team upon returning.
Upper left, clockwise:
Lunch—Break Out Session:  Let’s Talk Productivity
Karen J. Pinkney, Organizational Development Specialist, Loyola University Medical Center

Alison M. Reminick, MD, Director of Outpatient Services and Director of the Center, For Women’s Behavioral and Mental Health, Rush University Medical Center

Janet Namini, MBA, Northwestern University & Marureen Slade, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, NE-BC, Vice President of Operations & Associate Chief Nurse Executive Patient Care Admin., Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Great agenda-great accommodations. The tour of the city on Thursday night was wonderful.
Take Two Minutes

Upper left, clockwise:
Jim Landry, CMPE, CRA, Tulane School of Medicine
Joan Anzia, MD, Professor and Vice Chair of Education, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University
Pam Wesley, NAAPA Member at Large, Vanderbilt University
& Debra Tachin, University of Michigan
Jeff Charlson, NAAPA Member at Large, University of Wisconsin Medical School & Ruth Irwin, NAAPA President-Elect Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital & UCLA
Excellent conference and wonderful networking!
Top, Left, Right:
Board Members:  (L-R) Glory Novak, Beth Ambinder, Jeff Charlson, Pam Wesley, Jim Myers, Jennifer Collins, Ruth Irwin, Rene Morrow
Brian Spector, Duke University School of Medicine
Murali S. Rao, MD, DFAPA, FAPM, Chairman, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Loyola University Medical Center

NAAPA Technology

by Jennifer Collins

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