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November 11–14, 2009

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Rio All-Suite Hotel at night
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
(see Accommodations below)


The Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine cordially invites members and non-members, students, residents, and fellows to its 56th Annual Meeting at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.

The theme for this year's meeting is Quality of Care: Implications for Psychosomatic Medicine. The topic is very relevant as todayís journals and lay publications are replete with updates on the status of quality of care in all areas of medicine. To this end, the plenary speakers for the 2009 meeting will address seminal topics that affect psychiatrists and psychosomatic medicine physicians practicing in complex clinical systems:

  • What does evidence-based medicine actually mean, and how do we practice when the evidence base in unclear?
  • How is quality determined, and how will payments for services be adjusted for poor- and high-quality care?
  • How will quality issues affect health care reform efforts in the new Obama administration?
  • And finally, how do we measure and implement quality care in psychosomatic medicine?

Plenary Speakers

bulletBenjamin Druss MD, MPH
As the first Rosalynn Carter Chair in Mental Health at Emory University, Dr. Druss is working to build linkages between mental health and broader public health and health policy communities. Dr. Druss has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles largely focused on the policy and systems issues of the interface between primary care and mental health. He has received several national awards for his work, including the 2000 American Psychiatric Association Early Career Health Services Research Award, the 2000 AcademyHealth Article-of-the-Year Award, and the 2003 AcademyHealth Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award. In 2006, he was the recipient of a five-year Career Award from the National Institute of Mental Health titled “Mending the Public Safety Net: Improving Linkages Between CHCs and CMHCs.”

bulletMary Jane England, MD
Dr. England’s career includes a variety of leadership roles in the field of mental health services, administration, and education. As a psychiatrist, Dr. England has been especially interested in women’s issues and family policy. She is currently president of Regis College, her alma mater. Dr. England has served on a number of public and non-profit boards in the fields of mental health and public health, including task forces and work groups for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

bulletWayne J. Katon, MD, FAPM
Dr. Katon is Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Psychiatry, Chief of the Division of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Health Services, and Director of the NRSA fellowship at the University of Washington. He has been principal investigator on three NIMH awards to improve the care of depression, anxiety, and somatoform disorders in primary care as well as the principal investigator of the Seattle site for two studies funded by the Hartford and MacArthur foundations. Dr. Katon and his research group are considered one of the preeminent research groups in the United States in studying interventions to improve the care of mental illness in the primary care system of the United States. Dr. Katon is the 2009 treasurer of the APM.

bulletJürgen Unützer, MD, MPH
Dr. Unützer is professor and vice chair of psychiatry at the University of Washington School of Medicine. His research centers on improving care for older adults suffering from depression. He recently spearheaded the largest randomized treatment trial to-date for late-life depression.


The 2009 Annual Meeting has been planned in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this educational activity for a maximum of 30.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™ Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

All persons in a position to control the educational content of the Annual Meeting will have made disclosure of their relevant financial relationships with industry. The CME Provider has a mechanism in place to identify and resolve any actual or potential conflicts of interest.

Make your hotel reservations online here.

The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas is a first-class hotel providing spectacular views of Las Vegas. Every suite is at least 600 square feet and includes a separate dressing area, table and chairs, minibar, refrigerator, sofa, and safe. For photos and descriptions of the suites, the amenities, and the hotelís restaurants and casino, visit the Rio's web site.

APM has negotiated a discounted room rate of $125 at the Rio for attendees of the Annual Meeting. It may be possible to find slightly lower room rates at other Las Vegas hotels; however, staying at the Rio as an attendee of the Annual Meeting offers these advantages:

  • Free Internet access in your room and throughout the hotel.
  • Chance to win one of four special packages (worth several hundred dollars) being provided by the hotel.
  • No commute to the meeting - you're right where the action is. There are no shuttles that run between the Rio and hotels on the strip.
  • Helping APM fill its reserved block of rooms. If too many attendees stay at other hotels, the Academy may have to pay the cost of the unused rooms in the reserved block.

To reserve by phone, call 1-888-746-6955, use option 1 and code SRAPM9. For online reservations click here. The deadline for making your hotel reservations to take advantage of the discounted rate is October 15, 2009.


Included in the business to be conducted at the Annual Business Meeting in Las Vegas is the voting on the officers and councilors listed below. The Nominating Committee respectfully submits the following slate for action:

President-Elect: John L. Shuster, Jr., MD, FAPM (Birmingham, AL)
Vice President: Donald L. Rosenstein, MD, FAPM (Chapel Hill, NC)
Secretary: Linda L.M. Worley, MD, FAPM (Little Rock, AR)
Councilors: Robert Boland, MD, FAPM (Providence, RI) (2nd Term)
Lawson R. Wulsin, MD, FAPM (Cincinnati, OH) (2nd Term)
James R. Rundell, MD, FAPM (Rochester, MN) (1st Term)

Other business to be conducted at the Annual Business Meeting will be announced as it becomes available.


Looking for some time off in Las Vegas during/after the intensity of the Annual Meeting? Three popular Las Vegas entertainment options have been selected for APM attendees "after hours."

On Thursday evening, after the Welcome Reception, we have arranged a private Las Vegas by Night Tour, from 8:00pm–11:00pm at $35/person. You will see the best and the newest attractions in and around Las Vegas on this three-hour private tour. Your personal guide will show you the sights and sounds of this Great Desert Mecca and will tell you about its history and growth. You will continue the tour to downtown to "Fremont Street Experience Glitter Gulch," showcasing the $70-million pedestrian mall. Here you will have plenty of time to stroll around the beautiful hotels and merchants and grab a bite to eat at one of the many buffets.

On Saturday evening, two popular shows have been selected to help you relax after three days of intense scientific and professional experiences.

  • Penn & Teller, 9:30pm at $57/person, are known for their outrageous blending of comedy and magic and are resident at our host hotel, so this will be very convenient to attend. Penn & Teller will meet and greet with all APM guests after the show. For more information about this pair of entertainers, see the Penn & Teller website.
  • LOVE, 9:00pm at $117/person (Category 2 seating), at The Mirage. This brings the magic of Cirque du Soleil together with the musical legacy of The Beatles through their timeless, original recordings, channeled through the energy of a cast of 60 international artists, using the master tapes made at the Abbey Road studios. For more information about the show, see the LOVE website.

To benefit from these APM specials, both Thursday and Saturday shows must be booked with your meeting registration before October 23.

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