Grand Rounds

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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.

Accessing Psychiatry Grand Rounds Remotely

Our lectures are viewable remotely, simply Click Here to view recordings of past presentations. To receive CME credit, you must watch the lecture live during the time of the presentation (live presentations will populate to the top of the screen at the scheduled time). After you watch the Grand Rounds, you can submit your attendance by filling out an evaluation survey which you can obtain from Micaela Sandoval (, Grand Rounds Coordinator.

Grand Rounds Schedule

February 7, 2017

Bhutan, Refugees, and the Benefits of Diversity

Daniel Towns, D.O. - Director of Intercultural Psychiatric Program, OHSU

  • Discuss the history of Bhutan, the concept of Gross National Happiness, and the enforced restrictions on cultural diversity in that country.
  • Explain the health consequences in this particular refugee population.
  • Analyze general health and psychological benefits of various types of diversity in different settings.



The Department of Psychiatry will be presenting Grand Rounds on the Zero Suicide Initiative at the following Grand Rounds:

Friday, February 10th 2017 - OB/GYN Grand Rounds, OHSU Hospital 8B60 7:15 - 8:15 am

Tuesday, February 14th 2017 - Medicine Grand Rounds, OHSU Hospital 8B60 8:00 - 9:00 am

Thursday, February 16th 2017 - PEDS Grand Rounds, DCH11620 (The Vey) 8:00 - 9:00 am


February 21, 2017

Exploring the Psychological Impact of Racism

Alisha Moreland, M.D. - Executive Director, Avel Gordly Center for Healing, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, OHSU

  • Describe some of the unconscious elements of race and racism.
  • Discuss the role of trauma in racism.
  • Analyze trauma-informed practices and approaches as a conscious awareness raising method.


February 28, 2017

An Update on the Empirical Evidence Related to the Use of Medical Marijuana for the Treatment of Chronic Pain

Benjamin Morasco, PhD - Staff Psychologists, VA Portland Healthcare System; Core Investigator, VAPORHCS Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care; Associate Professor, OHSU

Shannon Nugent, PhD - Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow, VA Portland Healthcare System, Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care; Instructor of Psychiatry, OHSU.

  • Identify the changing culture related to the use of marijuana for chronic pain.
  • Summarize results from a systematic review examining the benefits and harms of medical marijuana for chronic pain.
  • Explain demographic and clinical characteristics of patients who use medical marijuana and have a prescription for opioid medications for chronic pain.


March 7, 2017

Neural Correlates of Moral Reasoning

Octavio Choi, M.D., PhD - Director, Forensic Evaluation Service, oregon State Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, OHSU

  • Describe areas of the brain active in moral reasoning.
  • Explain neural deficits in psychopathic individuals.
  • Discuss how neuroscience evidence may be used and misused in the law.


March 21, 2017

Trauma Informed for Medical Clinicians

Keith Cheng, M.D. - Clinical Associate Professor, OHSU

  • Define the various types of psychological traumas implicated in the development of PTSD in patients undergoing assessment and treatment.
  • Describe the prevalence of PTSD and trauma related disorders in patients, hospital staff, and family members.
  •  Differentiate specific interventions for patients, clinicians, and family members who have sustained psychological trauma from their medical illness and treatments.


March 28, 2017

New Research in ADHD

Joel Nigg, PhD - Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU; Director, Division of Psychology, OHSU

  • Discuss the current knowledge of ADHD theory.
  • Explain new findings related to ADHD cause or pathophysiology from OHSU and elsewhere.
  • Develop ways to educate clients about ADHD.


April 4, 2017

Peer Support Services In Oregon

Michael Yao, M.D., M.P.H. - Staff Psychiatrist, VA for Community Reintegration Services

Elizabeth Schmick, D.O. - PGY-4 Psychiatry Resident, OHSU

Jessica Myers, D.O. - PGY-4 Psychiatry Resident, OHSU

  • Explain who peer support specialists (PSS) are and what they do.
  • Describe various ways peer support services are deployed inside and outside traditional health care systems.
  • Identify what mental health providers can learn from PSS and how we can work together.


April 18, 2017

Cannabis and Mental Health: A Clinician's Debate

Neisha D'Souza, M.D. - Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor, OHSU

Sean Stanley, M.D. - Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor, OHSU

  • Identify ways in which to speak with clients/patients about cannabis use.
  • Discuss ways in which cannabis may facilitate or hinder recovery.
  • Analyze various arguments that support or oppose use of cannabis for managing mental health symptoms.


April 25, 2017

Consequences of Childhood Maltreatment: Integrating Behavioral, Brain, and Clinical Research

Kristen Mackiewicz Seghete, PhD - Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator of Stress, Cognition, Affect, and Neuroimaging Lab, OHSU

  • Define and Identify the different major classes of childhood maltreatment.
  • Identify behavioral and cognitive difficulties across the lifespan associated with a history of childhood maltreatment.
  • Describe alterations to neurobiology across the lifespan in individuals with a history of childhood maltreatment.
  • Describe how alterations to neurobiology contributes to behavioral and clinical presentation of individuals with a history of childhood maltreatment. 

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