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PsychSIGN 2012 conference this weekend! Full details & schedule

on Fri, 05/04/2012 - 09:05

Exciting speakers, great food, all in Philadelphia! We're very excited to have you coming! I've uploaded our program and an earlier note from Jill, our national chair. All our attendees should have their hotel reservations taken care of.

Program excerpts

The full PDF is linked at the end of this blog post.

A FAQ from Jill


Hello, everyone!  I've been asked for more info by multiple people, so here's more info than you probably wanted.  

I hope you're all getting excited about coming to Philadelphia for our conference this year- the National Board certainly is!  This year we anticipate the highest attendance ever at a PsychSIGN conference, and we have a lot of schools that will be represented for the first time.  Attendees will be coming from all over the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean- all to geek out on psychiatry!  Yay!

I've attached the overview of the schedule from our program for your perusal.  We tried very hard to get a wide variety of topics so there would be something for everyone.  Hopefully you agree!  A few things worth mentioning:


We are staying at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Downtown, and reservations have been made for each of you for Friday May 4 and Saturday May 5*****.  The APA is very gracious in covering our rooms- however, they will not cover any other expenses accrued such as room service, phone calls, or movies.  You are financially responsible for your own transportation to and from Philly and the hotel, and will not be reimbursed by APA for shuttles or taxis from the airport.

Because of our record attendance, all rooms are double occupancy this year.  I was able to accommodate almost all requests for a specific roommate.  When you check in, just give your name and the front desk should be able to find you on their list.  If you cannot attend the conference, PLEASE let me know as soon as possible.  Last year some folks didn't show up and their would-be roommate's credit card got charged.  I do NOT want that to happen to anyone this year.  Please give us the courtesy of cancelling as soon as you know.

*****The following registrants told me they did not need a room and will not have one reserved:  Adelsberger, Anderson, Hunter, Lacasse, Madraswala x2, Prendes, Rawson, Reardon, and Warren.  


As we did last year, we're hosting a happy hour social event at a nearby bar/grill to give you guys a chance to meet and chat a bit outside of the formal conference.  This is completely optional, but we'd love it if you attended.  This year we'll be at Tir na nOg, an Irish pub/restaurant a few blocks from the Crowne Plaza.  The APA District III Branch has generously given us a grant to keep you well-fed with yummy appetizers as a welcome to Philadelphia, however it will be a cash bar.  Come hang out with us from 5pm to 7pm!


With the exception of the Friday night Meet and Greet, all conference events will be held at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Downtown.  Our plenary room, the Liberty AB Ballroom, is on the 2nd floor, as are 2 of the breakout session rooms.  A third breakout room is on the 8th floor.  The room assignments for the breakout sessions may be subject to change from what they say on the program attached, but we'll let you know that day of any changes.


I have relayed all stated dietary requests to the APA.  We are doing our best to have options available for each limitation, but they were quite varied (including lactose-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, no eggs, no fish, no chicken, and no garlic).  So hopefully we'll have some options for everyone, but we are somewhat limited by the venue's menu as well.  I have not seen (and probably will not see) the exact menus planned, so I won't be able to answer any specific questions.

Regarding lunch on Saturday, we will be dividing tables up by region, so please plan to eat with your regional cohort.  See below for details.


Elections for National Board positions will take place during lunch this year.  If you are interested in running for a regional chair position, please submit your name to your regional chair BEFORE lunch.  You can do it before you get to Philly, too.  Election speeches will be over lunch and should be about 2-3 minutes long, with voting by the end of lunch.  The current National Board (specifically myself and Ryan Smitherman from R5) will be tallying ballots for all regions during the afternoon and will announce the winners during that evening's dinner.

Please be aware that all incoming and outgoing regional chairs MUST attend a meeting on Sunday immediately following the Residency Panel (11:30-3pm) to transition leadership to next year's board.  M4s, sorry- you're ineligible to run because you're graduating.

If you are unsure about the time commitment or level of responsibility involved in being a regional chair, please contact either myself or your regional chair.   As an FYI, regions are assigned based on where you go to school, not where you live.  So someone from NJ or CT who commutes to NYC for school would be considered to be in Region 2.


If you're not already, we highly recommend that you join the APA- it's free for medical students and look at the perks you're getting from them in May.  

Just so you know, they do listen to us:  last year, PsychSIGN suggested relaxing the requirement for Department Chair's signature and suggested Clerkship Coordinator or Dean of Students would be easier for most students to obtain- and they did it.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!  Safe travels!  


Jill Welte
University of Missouri- Columbia School of Medicine Class of 2012
National Chair, PsychSIGN