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2008 Annual Meeting in Miami

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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.

On this page:  Schedule Overview   On other pages:  Invited Speaker Biographies
  Invited Speakers     Program Schedule
  Pre-Conference Courses     Session Details
  Accommodations     Pre-Conference Courses
  Ground Transportation     Committee/SIG Meetings
  Trainee Travel Awards     Business Meeting

2008 Program Subcommittee

PDF icon Final Program [2 MB]

PDF icon Proceedings [4.5 MB]

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Program Schedule Overview
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 Sunday.

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.

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Invited Speakers
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 Gene-Environment Interdependence. 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 children's behavior.
  • 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 disability.
  • 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 neurogenetic disorders.
  • 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 Task Force.

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Pre-Conference Courses
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 Courses.

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 Information.)

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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.

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Ground Transportation
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.

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Trainee Travel Awards
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.

2008 Program Subcommittee
Photo of Maryland Pao, MD, FAPM Maryland Pao, MD, FAPM,
Lewis M. Cohen,
Vice Chair
Photo of Lewis M. Cohen, MD, FAPM

Susan E. Abbey, MD, FAPM

Michael Blumenfield, MD, FAPM

John M. Bostwick, MD, FAPM

M. Beatriz Currier, MD, FAPM

Paul H. Desan, MD, PhD

Stephen A. Epstein, MD, FAPM

Jesse R. Fann, MD, MPH

Steven V. Fischel, MD, PhD, FAPM

Linda K. Ganzini, MD, FAPM


Donna B. Greenberg, MD, FAPM

Yasuhiro Kishi, MD, FAPM

Hochang B. Lee, MD

Jose R. Maldonado, MD, FAPM

Ulrik F. Malt, MD, PhD, FAPM

Adam Mirot, MD

William F. Pirl, MD, FAPM

Donald L. Rosenstein, MD, FAPM

Sanjeev Sockalingam, MD

Christopher L. Sola, DO

Joseph S. Weiner, MD, PhD, FAPM

Linda L.M. Worley, MD, FAPM

Laura W. Roberts, MD (CME Liaison)

Glendon Tait, MD (Webb Fellow)

Joel Wallack, MD, FAPM (Ex-Officio)

Theodore A. Stern, MD, FAPM (Ex-Officio)

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