From program chair Lisa J. Rosenthal, MD, FACLP
‘There are unique issues to consider when asked to consult’
Just when you’re recovering from plenary one’s challenge of ‘connecting your soul to your role,’ you’ll be faced with three more tasks at CLP 2021:
Fortunately, plenary speaker two—Michael Myers, MD, DLFAPA—will be on hand to help.
“There are unique issues to consider when asked to consult on a physician who has attempted suicide,” says Dr. Myers.
Some of these are:
“I will offer suggestions and make recommendations,” says Dr. Myers, “but most important, invite questions and engage in a dialogue with attendees about this most critical, and often life-saving, role of the C-L psychiatrist.”
Dr. Myers is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University in Brooklyn NY and a former Vice-Chair Education and Director of Training in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
He is the author or co-author of nine books and more than 150 articles, book chapters, letters, book reviews, and eight videotapes covering a range of topics in Psychiatry.
His three most recent books are Becoming a Doctors’ Doctor: A Memoir, Why Physicians Die by Suicide: Lessons Learned from Their Families and Others Who Cared and The Physician as Patient: A Clinical Handbook for Mental Health Professionals (co-authored with Glen Gabbard, MD).
Dr. Myers is a past-president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of both the CPA and the American Psychiatric Association. He is also a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine in England.
Dr. Myers is a specialist in physician health. He was in half-time private practice for 35 years until 2008. For the last 20 years his practice was limited to the treatment of medical students and physicians—and their families. He serves on the Advisory Board to the Committee for Physician Health of the Medical Society State of New York.
Passionate about physician health advocacy, he writes a bi-monthly blog on physician health for Psych Congress Network and lectures extensively throughout North America and beyond.
Dr. Myers’ presentation, When a Physician Attempts Suicide: Challenges for the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist, is the second of six plenary sessions at CLP 2021. The first plenary was announced in ACLP News July. More plenaries will be featured in future editions of ACLP News.