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Clinical Grand Rounds November 2, 2012, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Department of Psychiatry Lecture Series
Clinical Grand Rounds

Geriatric Psychiatry: VA Pittsburgh's Integrated Care Model for Recently Returning Combat Veterans

Presented by VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Elif Sonel, MD and Misty Shields, LCSW

 

The care needs of veterans returning from combat are complex in nature and consist of medical, mental health and social needs.  Younger generation veterans who might not have used VA healthcare services previously often feel confused and frustrated when trying to navigate the VA system and obtain benefits for injuries sustained.  This group of veterans is typically struggling with adjustment issues when returning to live with their growing families and transitioning from the military structure to the civilian work environment.  They may be additionally suffering significant organic and psychiatric injuries.  As the Post Deployment Clinic in VA Pittsburgh Health Care System (VAPHS) grows, Patient centered Model of Care (or Patient Aligned Care – PACT) has been adopted.  The goal of this model is to integrate both the medical and mental health aspects of care.  An inter-disciplinary team consisting of primary care providers and nurses, behavioral health providers, social workers, rehab specialists, and as needed pain and sleep specialists has been developed.  In this integrated and multi-disciplinary structure, weekly meetings have been initiated to discuss care plans for veterans as a team.  The care plans are geared to individual veteran needs, documented in the chart, and communicated with the veterans.  Data comparing health outcomes before and after PACT implementation have been collected. 

Panel Discussants:

Sarah Merlina, LCSW and Sarah Smith, PhD

 

Sponsored by Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, the Office of Clinical Affairs, WPIC and

The Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

 

Continuing Education Credit: The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours. In accordance with 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.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits.

Please indicate any personal accommodations you may need for this Clinical Grand Round such as sign language interpreter, large print conference materials, Braille Conference materials, accessible parking.  Please contact Ann 412-246-6608 at least 10 days before the Clinical Grand Round should you need accommodations.

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

 

 

 

Please direct inquiries or requests for special accommodations in order to participate to Ann Lauth (Telephone: 412-246-6608; Email at lautha@upmc.edu).

Sponsored by Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, the Office of Clinical Affairs, WPIC and the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.