APM Travel Awards

Academy for Psychosomatic Medicine Presents Travel Awards
to Four Psychiatry Residents


The Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine presented four psychiatry residents with travel awards to support their participation at the Academy?s 2015 Annual Meeting in New Orleans.  The residents were recognized at a large awards luncheon at the meeting, where they also presented their work at poster sessions and as part of a workshop.

Sarah Homitsky, MD, a PGY-5 resident in the Triple Board Program, has focused her activities on projects to better integrate behavioral health services for adolescents into primary care settings. In collaboration with colleagues in the Department of Pediatrics, she developed an embedded school-based educational support group for adolescent mothers and fathers within the Pittsburgh Public School System.  As part of a workshop at the APM Annual Meeting, Dr. Homitsky presented on the topic of Increasing Adolescent Parent Access to Pediatric Education Through an Embedded School-Based Support Group.

Wynne Lundblad, MD is the current Chair of the AACE Track and a PGY-4 resident in the General Adult Track. Her interests include psychosomatic medicine, eating disorders, bariatric surgery, and medical education. As part of her activities in the  Academic Administrator/Clinician Educator (AACE) track, Dr. Lundblad led the development and assessment of a trauma psychoeducation group in an outpatient dual diagnosis clinic.  She shared the results of this project at the poster session at the meeting in a presentation titled Evaluation of a Psychosomatic Medicine Interest Group: A Survey of Current and Former Residents Supportive Care in Severe and Enduring Anorexia Nervosa: The Role of the Psychiatric Consultant.

Neeta Shenai, MD is also a PGY-4 resident in the General Adult Track and currently serves as the Chief Resident for Ambulatory Services. As an active member of the AACE track, Dr. Shenai is developing and implementing a group for women afflicted with trauma and substance use disorders at Magee-Women's Hospital. At the 2015 APM Annual Meeting, Dr. Shenai presented a poster on Seeking Safety: Integrated Care of Trauma and Substance Use in an Antepartum Obstetrical Unit.  

Erin Smith, MD is a PGY-4 resident in the General Adult Track also very active in the AACE track. Her clinical interests focus on addiction psychiatry and perinatal psychiatry, particularly mood disorders and substance use disorders in this population.   Dr. Smith presented a poster at the meeting titled Postpartum Depression: Collaborating with Women in a Brief Psycho-educational Intervention with Motivational Elements that highlights the results of her most recent project.