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Bioethics at the Interface of Psychiatry & Medicine

November 1418, 2012

InterContinental Buckhead Hotel, Atlanta, GA

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APM 2012 Annual Meeting
November 14–18, 2012
InterContinental Buckhead
Atlanta, Georgia

Bioethics at the Interface of Psychiatry and Medicine

On this page:   On other pages:
bullet Welcome to the Meeting
bullet Accreditation
bullet MOC Self-Assessment Component
bullet Welcome to Atlanta
bullet Accommodations
bullet Ground Transportation
bullet Program Schedule
  Pre-Conference Courses & Faculty
  Committee & SIG Meetings
  Annual Members' Business Meeting
bullet Abstracts:
  Workshops & Symposia (W, Th, F, Sat)
  Poster Papers (Thursday)
  Oral Papers (Friday)
bullet For Trainees & Early Career Psychiatrists
bullet 2012 Annual Awards
bullet Presenters' Slides
  Pre-Conference Courses
(for attendees)
  Scientific Sessions
(in the Members' Corner)
bullet Final Program Booklet PDF icon

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Welcome to the
APM 59th Annual Meeting

The Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, and especially its 2012 Annual Meeting Committee, welcome you to the 59th Annual Meeting, this year held in Atlanta, Georgia at the four-star Atlanta InterContinental Buckhead hotel.

The 2012 meeting is a can’t-miss event. Atlanta is easy to travel to, and we will essentially have the Intercontinental Buckhead to ourselves at a considerably discounted room rate ($150/night). Regular attendees of Academy meetings seem to highly value two things: a strong scientific program and easy access to nice restaurants. We are confident that you will find both in Atlanta, so please make plans to join us this year.

Three plenary speakers have been confirmed for lectures on Thursday. Friday, and Saturday:

Based on over 340 abstracts submitted for the meeting, we will have a wealth of ideas and research information to absorb from concurrent paper sessions, a poster session, workshops, and symposia. The Hackett Award lecture by Dr. James Rundell, the Dlin/Fischer lecture by Dr. Dimitri Davydow, and the Research Award lecture by Dr. Scott Kim will be highlights, and the Awards & Fellowship Convocation luncheon on Friday will provide an opportunity to recognize colleagues' contributions to our specialty.

As the next ABPN subspecialty examination in Psychosomatic Medicine is scheduled for 2013, the APM will be offering a full-day Updates in Psychosomatic Medicine course as well as eight half-day advanced skills courses on the Wednesday before the annual meeting officially begins on Thursday, November 15. Please see descriptions of the nine courses at Pre-Conference Courses. Brief biographies of the course faculty are given at Pre-Conference Course Instructors.


Medical College of Wisconsin CME ProgramACCME Accreditation Statement:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Medical College of Wisconsin and Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 31.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC Self-Assessment Component

For those who pre-register for the meeting by October 31, the APM is offering a self-assessment component that can earn you eight (8) additional CME credits for maintenance of certification (MOC). These credits can apply to any psychiatry certification you hold; you can use them to meet your requirements for General Psychiatry, for example, as well as Psychosomatic Medicine.

How it works: On or about November 2, all pre-registrants will be emailed a link to a self-assessment "pre-test" of over 100 multiple-choice questions that cover information that will be presented in this year's pre-conference courses, workshops, and symposia. Participants who submit the pre-test within one week will receive, several days before the Annual Meeting, a report that contains their own answers, the correct answers, how they did compared to the other participants, and guidance on which meeting sessions could fill in the gaps of their knowledge. This new feature is in keeping with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) requirement that self-assessment activities for MOC occur prior to a meeting and be used to inform the taker of areas that may require attention.

You do not need to be seeking recertification to participate in the meeting's self-assessment component. It can be useful even if you are a trainee. All results will be confidential and are for the education of only the test-taker.  Results will be shared only in aggregate to help participants understand how they compared to the group.

For more information about MOC and the self-assessment requirement, see the ABPN website and page 12 of the APM Summer 2012 Newsletter [PDF].  If you are a pre-registrant and do not receive the email with the link to the pre-test, please contact the Academy office at

Welcome to Atlanta!

Moonrise over AtlantaWorld-class attractions, heart-racing sports, stunning theatre performances, shopping, dining, and more. With so much to offer, Atlanta can entertain with endless adventures and activities.

Here are a few links to help you and your companions decide what to do (if you have time):

Accommodations — Main & Overflow Hotels

The lobby of the Atlanta InterContinental Buckhead
Lobby, InterContinental Buckhead

Reserve your hotel room now!

  • InterContinental Reservations: Reserve online here, or call 877-422-8254 and mention you are attending the APM Annual Meeting for the $150 discounted rate, which expires October 22, 2012.
  • Westin Reservations: Call 800-937-8461 and mention you are attending the APM Annual Meeting for the $150 discounted rate, which expires October 22, 2012.

Combining southern hospitality and international flair is our main host hotel for the 2012 Annual Meeting, the InterContinental Buckhead, located just north of downtown Atlanta in the upscale Buckhead district. Except for the Thursday evening Poster Session and Opening Reception, all meeting activities take place at the InterContinental Buckhead.

A short walk from the InterContinental is our overflow hotel, the Westin Buckhead. The Thursday evening activities take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Westin. [walking route between the two properties]

Lobby of the Westin Buckhead
Lobby, Westin Buckhead

APM has negotiated the same discounted room rate at both hotels with similar services and amenities. The $150 rate includes high-speed Internet in sleeping rooms and complimentary access to the hotels' fitness centers. Children under 12 stay free. Both hotels have dining facilities and 24/7 room service.

We encourage you to make your hotel reservations early, while rooms are still available, and before the $150 rate expires October 22, 2012.

For photos and descriptions of the rooms, restaurants, amenities, and nearby attractions of the two hotels, explore their websites: the InterContinental Buckhead and the Westin Buckhead

Ground Transportation

The Atlanta Buckhead is 17 miles north of Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (ATL). Taxi from the airport to the hotel is about $41 and takes 30 minutes.

Atlanta’s public transportation includes a train and a subway between the airport and within walking distance of the hotel (wear your walking shoes, or take an $8 taxi from the Buckhead MARTA station to the hotel). The train or subway is $2 to $2.50.

Visit the “Directions” section of the hotel's website for more detailed transportation information.

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