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Visiting Fellowship in ECT

Roger F. Haskett, MD

Roger F. Haskett, MD
Director
Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Medical Director, Electroconvulsive Therapy Program
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

The Visiting Fellowship in ECT offers practitioners a one week intensive training in the clinical delivery of ECT at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). This 40 hour course offers both didactic and practical instruction covering theoretical and clinical aspects of ECT treatment including: demonstrations of technical procedures; faculty presentations; case conferences and consultations; audiovisual materials; and self-instructional material and readings. Enrollment is limited to four physicians and two psychiatric nurses for each scheduled program which is offered quarterly each year. Specific clinical areas include medical management of high-risk patients; anesthesia; treatment in special populations; medical legal issues; informed consent; acute and continuation treatment; stimulus dosing and titration; electrode placement; seizure monitoring; outpatient mode of delivery; outcome measures; and quality control.

Prerequisites

WPIC offers the Visiting Fellowship in ECT course to practicing psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, and trainees from psychiatric residency programs with appropriate clinical credentials.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of the fellowship program, the participants should be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the following:

  • Clinical indications, relative contraindications, side effects, and adverse risks of ECT;
  • Clinical evaluation and management of ECT patients;
  • Clinical and technical aspects of ECT administration;
  • Techniques in lead placement, stimulus dosing, and seizure monitoring;
  • ECT anesthesia procedures;
  • Informed consent and legal aspects of ECT;
  • Clinical implications for special populations;
  • ECT acute and continuation treatment;
  • Resources for advance ECT devices.

Faculty

Roger F. Haskett, M.D., Course Director

Carmen Andreescu, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Charles W. Buffington, M.D.
Professor of Anesthesiology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Meryl A. Butters, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Jack F. Cahalane, Ph.D.
Chief, Adult Mood and Anxiety Services
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

Amy Crawford-Faucher, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Family Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

Timothey C. Denko, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Catherine Duffner, B.S.N.
Assistant Nurse Clinical Manager
Electroconvulsive Therapy Program
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

Audrey L. Humes, R.N.
Nurse Clinical Manager
Electroconvulsive Therapy Program
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

Francis E. Lotrich, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Margaret Owusu, B.S.N.
Outpatient Nurse Clinician
Electroconvulsive Therapy Program
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

Mukesh Sah, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Lalith K. Solai, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Mark Z. Zacharia, Esq.
Corporate Legal Department
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

 

We encourage participation by all individuals. If you have a disability, advance notification of any special needs will help us better serve you. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program.

The University of Pittsburgh, as an educational institution and as an employer, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, or marital, veteran, or handicapped status. This is a commitment made by the University and is in accordance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. All relevant programs are administered by the Office of Affirmative Action, 901 William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Students, employees, or applicants should contact the Office of Affirmative Action immediately in all cases where discrimination is alleged. For more information call: (412) 648-7860.

Registration Form

Click here for the registration form in Adobe PDF format

Accommodations

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 682-6200/(877) 999-3223

When making reservations, identify yourself as a participant in the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic “Visiting Fellowship in ECT” to receive a reduced room rate.

Tuition Includes

  • Registration
  • Course Materials
  • Refreshments
  • Continuing Education Credit

Full tuition must accompany registration form. Please return your registration form 3 weeks prior to selected fellowship start date. A $100 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds for cancellations. No refunds can be issued once the program has begun.

Please make your check payable to WPIC and send it with the registration form to:

Attn: Donna Mahaffey
Administrative Assistant, Electroconvulsive Therapy Program
Room 1070
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
3811 O’Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Continuing Education Credit

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, as part of the Consortium for Academic Continuing Medical Education, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

The Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences designates this continuing medical education activity for a maximum of 40.0 hours of Category 1 credit towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.

This program does not certify an individual’s competency in the administration of ECT.

Schedule and Activities

WPIC offers the Visiting Fellowship in ECT quarterly each year during the months of January, April, July and October. The course convenes Monday through Friday with hours varying between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. for a total of 40 hours. The course activities incorporate both didactic and practical instruction for the administration of electroconvulsive therapy services.

Additional Information

For more information contact:

Roger F. Haskett, M.D.
Electroconvulsive Therapy Program
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
3811 O’Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Telephone: (412) 246-5063 or FAX: (412) 246-5065
E-MAIL: haskettrf@upmc.edu