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Release: April 11, 2001

Conference to explore psychiatric-medical problems

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The complexities of managing medical and psychiatric problems that occur simultaneously in patients will be the focus of a University of Iowa College of Medicine conference that will be from 8 a.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21 in the Medical Alumni Auditorium at the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

The Third Annual Regional Medical Psychiatric Symposium is intended for family medicine physicians, general internists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, and psychiatry and internal medicine residents and fellows. The fee of $110 for physicians and $75 for allied health care professionals and nurses includes instruction, course materials, continental breakfast, buffet lunch and a refreshment break. Pre-registration is encouraged; however, participants may enroll at the door.

Conference presentations will include a discussion of the psychiatric and medical aspects of treating people with hepatitis C; an update on medical and psychiatric evaluations and treatments of eating disorders; and a lecture on post-stroke syndromes.

In addition, a panel will debate ethical issues concerning the commitment of people with combined psychiatric and medical disorders. Last, a clinical vignette competition will allow medical residents from participating programs to present brief cases, such as diagnostic challenges or surprising diagnoses, about patients with combined medical/psychiatric problems.

The conference is organized by Caroline Carney Doebbeling, M.D., UI assistant professor of psychiatry and internal medicine and program director of the Internal Medicine and Psychiatry Combined Residency Training Program.

"The symposium provides an educational program that offers a unique perspective on illnesses at the interface of medicine and psychiatry," Carney Doebbeling said.

William Yates, M.D., chair of psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma at Tulsa, and Ati Yates, M.D., a private practice internist/psychiatrist from rural Montana, will be the guest faculty presenters. In addition, to Carney Doebbeling, UI faculty involved in the symposium include: Arthur Andersen, M.D., professor of psychiatry; Lauris Kaldjian, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine and biomedical ethics; Robert Olick, Ph.D., J.D., assistant professor of family medicine and biomedical ethics; Robert G. Robinson, M.D., head and professor of psychiatry; and Warren Schmidt, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine.

For more information or to register, call the Continuing Medical Education Division of the UI College of Medicine at (319) 335-8599 or e-mail:

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