Learn about psychiatry at the PsychSIGN California 2011 Conference - Oct 29, 2011 in San Francisco

Attendees and participants at the last PsychSIGN California 2010 conference

My co-chair-in-crime, Aislinn Bird, and I will host — in just a few short months — an exciting one-day conference for medical students interested in psychiatry right in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Every year, our PsychSIGN group (which stands for the “psychiatry student interest group network”) puts on both local (“regional”) conferences and national conferences. We do this to get medical students jazzed up about mental health — and, of course, try to dispel the B.S. stigma against mental illness that still pervades many medical schools. Besides, what else is cooler than studying how the mind works?

(Even cooler — the conference is accessible by Muni and BART!)

This time, Aislinn and I were fortunate that the American Psychiatric Association was holding a conference right in San Francisco as well: they generously donated a conference room complete with AV equipment and a continental breakfast. Some organizations, like the California Psychiatric Association and the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry, generously donated to help support us. I feel extremely grateful that our existing physicians want to help the next generation of physicians.

Off to Hawaii for PsychSIGN & American Psychiatric Association conference

PsychSIGN image of a doctor's hands applying bandages to a brain

I’m off to Honolulu for the American Psychiatric Association conference! So exciting! I’ll be there from Wednesday through next Tuesday to help set up the PsychSIGN conference in Honolulu, and relax a little before studying for USMLE Step 2 CK. We’ve got a pretty exciting program, packed with lectures, breakout sessions, and residency panels. I’m especially excited to meet Bob Boland, MD, who works with technology in education & psychiatry, and Monique Yohanan, MD, MPH, who edits Epocrates. I’ve posted the program below. read more→

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