2008 Annual Meeting in
The Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine cordially
invites members and non-members, students, residents, and fellows to
its 55th Annual Meeting at the InterContinental
Miami, in the heart of downtown Miami overlooking Florida's
Biscayne Bay. The theme of the meeting is Integrating
Clinical Neuroscience in Psychosomatic Medicine Across the Lifespan.
Up-to-date information about the meeting will be
posted on this site as it becomes available.
This year, the annual meeting will formally begin on Thursday at
10:00am and conclude on Saturday at 7:00pm, allowing attendees to enjoy
the many entertainment options in Miami or Miami Beach on Saturday
evening. There will be no educational sessions on
Please see the Preliminary
Program for the complete schedule. Highlights include:
- Pre-conference educational
courses will again be given on the Wednesday immediately before the
conference formally begins.
- Based on abstracts submitted
through April 15, a series of concurrent paper sessions, workshops, and
symposia will be presented on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
- The poster session, followed
by a welcoming reception, will be held on Thursday evening.
- Meetings of APM committees
and special interest groups within psychosomatic medicine will be held
on Thursday and Friday mornings.
- The traditional programs for
Awards and Fellowship Convocation will be presented at the Friday
luncheon, the Research Lecture will be given at the Thursday
luncheon, and the Dlin/Fischer Award Lecture will be given on Saturday afternoon.
The experts listed below have agreed to participate as plenary
speakers. For more information about these
professionals, please see 2008
Invited Speakers or click a speaker's name.
- Professor Sir Michael Rutter
will give the Keynote Lecture at the opening session on Thursday titled
He is professor of developmental psychopathology at the Institute of
Psychiatry, Kings College, London. A child psychiatrist, Professor
Rutter's research has included the genetics of autism and antisocial
behavior, and the study of both school and family influences on
- Linda Fried, MD, MPH
will speak on Frailty. She
is Dean of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Dr.
Freid's core research interests are prevention and health promotion for
older adults, with emphasis on the causes and prevention of frailty and
- James C. Harris, MD
will give a presentation on Developmental
Neuropsychiatry. He is the director of the
Developmental Neuropsychiatry Clinic, and a professor, at the Johns
Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the author of the textbook
that helped establish Developmental Neuropsychiatry as a subspecialty
in psychiatry. His research focus is on behavioral phenotypes in
- David A. Mrazek, MD, FRCPsych
will present Applications of Psychiatric
Genomics in Psychosomatic Medicine. He is
professor of psychiatry, psychology, and pediatrics, and chair of the
Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, at the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota.
His research has included the impact of severe, life-threatening asthma
on the development of affected children and families, and now focuses
on psychiatric pharmacogenomics and genomics of affective disorders,
addiction, and other psychiatric diseases.
- Richard D. Lane, MD, PhD
will speak on Applications of Neuroimaging in
Psychosomatic Medicine. He is professor of
psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience and associate director of the
General Clinical Research Center at Arizona Health Science Center. His
research interests include the functional neuroanatomy of emotion,
emotional experience, and emotion regulation and how emotions can
trigger cardiac arrhythmias.
- Philip S. Wang, MD, DrPH
will speak on Evidence-Based Treatment and
Methodologies Relevant for Psychosomatic Medicine.
He is director of the Division of Services and Intervention Research,
at the National Institute of Mental Health, and on leave from his
faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School . His research has
focused on psychopharmacoepidemiology, psychopharmacoeconomics, and
mental health services research. He is chair of the WHO World Mental
Health Study Services Research Work Group, and a member of APA's DSM-V
A full-day Update in Psychosomatic
Medicine course will be presented by top APM experts on
Wednesday, November 19. This course will be a valuable "refresher" of
the most current information in a number of key areas in psychosomatic
medicine. Also on Wednesday, three half-day "skills" courses will be
available for those arriving early to the conference.
For topics and presenter biographies of the update and skills courses,
see the separate page Pre-Conference
Subspecialty exam note: The
final opportunity to take advantage of the "grandfathering period" for
taking the PM subspecialty Board exam will be in 2009, which requires
application no later than December 1, 2008. While the Update
course is not aimed directly at the examination outline, it will
provide a useful learning experience and a scientific update in major
areas of PM. (For more information about the exam and the
grandfathering period, see Subspecialty
Due to the record number of registrants so far, we have exceeded our guaranteed block of rooms at the Miami InterContinental. If you are unsuccessful at making a reservation at the InterContinental (the reservation phone number is 1-800-381-9552), ask to be put on the waiting list and contacted if a room becomes available. Then make a reservation at the nearby Hyatt Regency Miami where we have secured a small supplemental block of rooms at the same special room rate of $169.
To book by phone at the Miami Hyatt, call 1-305-358-1234 (or 1-800-233-1234 and refer to the Hyatt Regency Miami), and ask for the APM Annual Meeting Room Block.
APM rates are in effect from November 19 check-in to November 23 check-out.
The Hyatt is only 3 blocks (5-minute walk) from the InterContinental. But as there is considerable construction in that part of Miami, the best way to get from one hotel to the other is to use the Metro Mover, an above-ground free transportation system that runs from 5 AM to midnight, every day, with service at 5-10 minute intervals. The Hyatt is at the Knight Center Station, only one stop from the Bayfront Park Station for the InterContinental, and the ride is only about 1-2 minutes.
Help for sharing a room. APM has set up a Google Group (a.k.a. listerv) for fellows/residents/students to communicate with each other about sharing hotel accommodations. The group is a private group: only group members can post messages and only group members can view the archive message board. Group members do not have to be APM members. APM takes no responsibility for any arrangements made by group members.
To join the Group, please send an e-mail (using the same e-mail address you want to use for the Group) to forum-admin at apm dot org. Indicate you wish to join the share-a-room group and include your full name, academic position, and institution.
The InterContinental Miami is about 7 1/2 miles from Miami International Airport (MIA), cab fare is about $25. For more options to/from the airport, and for getting around the Miami area, see the Ground Transportation section of the airport's website.
To encourage residents and PM fellows to join APM,
attend the annual meeting, and eventually become new leaders of the
Academy, the APM Council budgeted for 13 Trainee Travel Awards of
$750 each to help offset the cost of attending the 2008 meeting.
Trainees who submitted accepted abstracts were automatically eligible for consideration. Other candidates could submit an application.
The C-L Fellowship Subcommittee will notify the awardees before September 30.
|Lewis M. Cohen,
Susan E. Abbey,
Blumenfield, MD, FAPM
John M. Bostwick,
Currier, MD, FAPM
Paul H. Desan,
Epstein, MD, FAPM
Jesse R. Fann,
Fischel, MD, PhD, FAPM
Linda K. Ganzini,
Greenberg, MD, FAPM
Hochang B. Lee, MD
Maldonado, MD, FAPM
Ulrik F. Malt,
MD, PhD, FAPM
Adam Mirot, MD
William F. Pirl,
Rosenstein, MD, FAPM
Joseph S. Weiner,
MD, PhD, FAPM
Worley, MD, FAPM
Laura W. Roberts,
MD (CME Liaison)
Glendon Tait, MD (Webb
MD, FAPM (Ex-Officio)
Stern, MD, FAPM (Ex-Officio)