Grand Rounds


Program Chair: William H. Wilson, M.D.
Program Coordinator: p 503 494-8205


Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


OHSU School of Medicine, Division of CME, designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per session. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Target audience

Psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatry residents and fellows, medical students, social workers, masters in administration, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and pharmacists. Additionally, Psychiatry Grand Rounds is open to the public.


Typically held the 1st, 3rd & 4th Tuesdays of each month

Noon to 1pm, 8B60, 8th Floor, OHSU Hospital (unless otherwise noted)

Psychiatry Grand Rounds provides continuing medical education for the target audience. We strive to enable discussion that is both about and involves the patient so the physician can better understand the depth of one's mental illness. In Grand Rounds we explore the history of certain policies and procedures in place for handling mentally ill patients and what can happen to improve care and treatment that they receive, as well as to better explain and expand on various forms of mental illness and how treatment should be approached and practiced by the clinician.

Grand Rounds Schedule

 February 24, 2015

Topic:  "Modern Psychiatry and Substance Use Disorders - from Dual Diagnosis to a Biopsychosocial Whole"

Paul Conti, MD, Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, OHSU

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the evolving place of Substance Use Disorders in mental health treatment and describe its incorporation into the Biopsychosocial Model;
  • State at least three examples of the interrelation between Substance Use Disorders and both i) mental health conditions, and ii) pain conditions;
  • Describe the importance of epigenetics to all aspects of mental health, including Substance Use Disorders;
  • Describe at least three special complexities and dangers of opiates;
  • Draw together the most advanced mental health knowledge required to optimally address Substance Use Disorders through the Biopsychosocial Model, and will also be able to explain this to others.


March 3, 2015

Topic:  "Solving Medical Mysteries"

David Clarke, MD, Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, OHSU

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess a patient with physical symptoms that are not explained by diagnostic testing;
  • Identify how the process of recovery from childhood stress can result in physical illness;
  • Describe techniques for relief of psychophysiologic disorders;


March 17, 2015

Topic:  "Methamphetamine Targets and New Treatment Directions"

Aaron Janowsky, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, OHSU

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe methamphetamine receptor and transporter targets;
  • Define translational approaches to pharmacotherapeutic discovery and development;
  • Discuss what is in the pipeline for new treatments;


March 24, 2015- New Location: Marion Miller Auditorium, 11th Floor Vey Conference Center- Doernbecher Children's Hospital

Topic:  "Empathic Attunement, Finding the Other"

Henry Grass, MD, Affiliate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, OHSU

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how empathic attunement occurs between two people;
  • Describe how this helps the therapist learn more about the patient's inner world;
  • Describe how this can best be used in psychotherapy to enhance the therapeutic process;


April 7, 2015

Topic: "Addressing Psychiatric Boarding in Our Pediatric Emergency Department"

Kyle Johnson, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, OHSU

John Sheridan, LCSW, OHSU

David Sheridan, MD, OHSU

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the problem of psychiatric "boarding" in Emergency Departments;
  • Explain the system of care for children's mental health;
  • List interventions which can be applied in the ED to divert youth from inpatient psychiatric admission;


April 21, 2015- New Location: Marion Miller Auditorium, 11th Floor Vey

Conference Center- Doernbecher Children's Hospital

Topic: "Working with Defective Memory, the Case in Schizophrenia"

Massoud Stephane, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry OHSU; Psychiatrist, Oregon State Hospital

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the concept of working memory and assess working memory models;
  • Discuss essential methodological aspects of experiments to evaluate working memory;
  • Describe how working memory deficits in schizophrenia contribute to the functional impairment; 
  • Discuss ways clinicians can help individuals with schizophrenia mitigate the functional impairment due to working memory   deficits;


April 28, 2015

Topic: Patient- Targeted Googling: A Modern Ethical Dilemma

Whitney Black, MD, Chief Resident, Department of Psychiatry, OHSU

Megan Brown, MD, Chief Resident, Department of Psychiatry, OHSU

Neisha D'Souza, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, OHSU

Learning Objectives:

  • Define patient-targeted Googling (PTG);
  • Describe potential implications of patient-targeted Googling on mental health care and outcomes;
  • Describe ethical principles relevant to patient-targeted Googling;
  • Describe a practical framework for approaching patient-targeted Googling;


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