UNMC takes over ADMSEP again

(Top row left to right) Dr. Howard Liu, Dr. Linda Love, Dr. Daniel Gih, Dr. Jeana Benton, Dr. Sheritta Strong, Dr. Rebecca Wysoske as well as (bottom row L-R) Laura Flores, Emily Royer, Dr. Cindy Chou, and Dr. Dana Raml attended ADMSEP last month in Portland, Maine.

Ten members of the UNMC community traveled to Portland, Maine for the annual Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP) Conference.

The Department of Psychiatry has always sent a large contingent to the conference.

“As a member of ADMSEP for nearly a decade, I have seen the organization serve as an incredible forum for mentoring educators and growing their national connections,” said Department of Psychiatry Chair Dr. Liu. “As ADMSEP President-Elect, I am proud to see UNMC bring the largest contingent of any organization to the meeting and I was impressed by the caliber and the breadth of our faculty’s workshops from microaggressions to social media to giving effective feedback.”

While at the conference, several faculty members facilitated workshops. Dr. Dana Raml, Dr. Sheritta Strong, Dr. Daniel Gih, Dr. Sharon Hammer, and Dr. Liu all led discussions on essential education topics. Dr. Linda Love, Laura Flores, and Emily Royer also spoke at the ADMSEP.

Prior to Dr. Liu being named president-elect of the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP), he served as the secretary for the organization.

Dr. Raml, who will join the Psychiatry Department faculty on July 31, was named co-chair of the ADMSEP Membership Engagement Committee.

Read more about UNMC’s significant presence at the ADMSEP conference in our next newsletter.

Click here to see the workshops led by UNMC staff.

(Left to right) Dr. Adriana Foster, Emily Royer, Dr. Ellen Guzman, Dr. Sharon Hammer, and Dr. Howard Liu gather after their presentation on “Teaching the Teacher: Methods for Instructing Preceptors in Giving Effective Feedback” at the ADMSEP Conference.
(left to right) Dr. Howard Liu, Laura Flores, Dr. Sheritta Strong, Dr. Jeana Benton, and Dr. Donald Hilty gather after a discussion of how to start a professional Twitter account.



SPOTLIGHT: Ellie Rashid

Ellie Rashid
Residency Program Coordinator

Ellie was born and raised in Omaha. She graduated from the College of Saint Mary with a degree in Elementary Education. Following college, Ellie taught 4th grade math, reading, and social studies for two years.

Why did you choose to work for UNMC?
After college, I was a 4th grade Math, Reading and Social Studies teacher. I taught for two years in the Millard Public Schools system. On a whim, I was looking into some alternativeleft career paths, and I saw UNMC was hiring for a program coordinator. I wasn’t sure what exactly that was, but I decided to apply. I had no prior experience with UNMC, but had always heard it was an amazing place to work. Upon interviewing, I knew I needed to somehow nail down this position. Everyone I met with was so excited to share with me what being a program coordinator is all about. I felt so comfortable here and looked forward to the opportunity. The passion and excitement everyone shared for the future of this residency was compelling to me. I am very excited to be a part of it all!

What are your duties as a residency program coordinator?
As residency program coordinator, I will be the resident’s go-to person for just about everything. From setting up their interviews starting in October, to their onboarding in July, I will be there contact person for whatever they may need. I will also be ensuring we have all their necessary paperwork and information from them. Once they are started with us I will coordinate all necessary activities for them to successfully move through the program. In addition to my work with the Psychiatry residency, I will also be coordinating the Addiction Medicine fellowships.

What do you like about psychiatry?
While I don’t have any prior experience with psychiatry, from the standpoint of someone who worked with young students daily, the need for mental health care providers is evident. I am excited to start learning more about Psychiatry itself and to be part of a program that will train the next generation of Psychiatrists!

What are some of your hobbies?
My favorite thing to do with my spare time is golf. I was on the golf team in college and have continued to play whenever I can. My boyfriend and I love to travel when the opportunity presents itself. He is a golfer too so we enjoy playing new courses as we travel. I also have a 7 year old Silky Terrier who loves attention and requires quite a bit of it!

Dr. Hwang writes chapter for new book on child irritability

Dr. Soonjo Hwang wrote a chapter in the new book “Irritability in Pediatric Psychopathology.” The book was released through Oxford University Press on May 9.

Dr. Hwang’s chapter is titled “Irritability and Disruptive Behavior Disorders.” Dr. Joel Stoddard (University of Colorado School of Medicine) and Dr. Valerie Scelsa (Miami University, Oxford, Ohio) co-wrote the chapter with Dr. Hwang.

Dr. Hwang said the book discusses irritability in the child population, summarizes the new findings and discusses the next steps child psychiatrists and other healthcare providers should take.

“We’re talking about children who become easily frustrated, go to anger outburst quickly with temper tantrums, or have a hot temper,” Dr. Hwang said. “This chapter was especially about what we call irritability, and it relates to various diagnoses in disruptive behavior, such as conduct disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, and ADHD.”

As research director of the UNMC Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Hwang has been working on a project studying the effects of oxytocin on children and adolescents with irritability.

“The No. 1 reason kids come to see a psychiatrist is because of irritability or, more broadly, aggressive behavior and anger outbursts. It’s a very common prevailing issue in most communities,” Dr. Hwang said. “Unfortunately we don’t have good tools to treat them. There are behavioral interventions and medications, but none of them are great or excellent, so it’s important to come up with better tools to help them, and that’s where the research comes in.”

Dr. Hwang has contributed chapters to five different books. In his earlier works, Dr. Hwang has touched on subjects such as school bullying and autism.

Dr. Sharma to head adult inpatient division

Dr. Howard Liu (left), Dr. Matthew Egbert (right center) and Jeanne Lincoln congratulate Dr. Ashish Sharma on being named Adult Inpatient Division Director.

Dr. Ashish Sharma has accepted the position of Adult Inpatient Division Director. He will replace the outgoing Adult Inpatient Division Director Dr. Matthew Egbert on July 1. Dr. Egbert will remain with the department of psychiatry.

Last year, Dr. Sharma was promoted to professor, after which he looked for a leadership position in the psychiatry department.

“I was looking for a new challenge,” Dr. Sharma said. With this role, I’m also able to take on this leadership position without having to give up my beloved consult-liaison position, which is very important to me.”

While Dr. Egbert will be stepping down from the head of the division, he will mentor Dr. Sharma to make the transition easier.

“The role Dr. Egbert has played in mentoring me, not only for this role but throughout my career has been invaluable,” Dr. Sharma said. “Without his guidance, I likely would never have pushed myself to accept this new challenge. I know I will continue to seek his mentorship for some time to come. His input and opinion have always been important to me as we work so closely together.”

Department of Psychiatry Chair Dr. Howard Liu said Dr. Egbert is a pioneer in our Adult Crisis Unit (ACU) and our leading provider of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for patients with treatment-resistant depression, bipolar disorder, etc.

“He has served us admirably in several hospital medical director roles and will devote his talents to expand our interventional psychiatry service for patients who fail to respond to standard medication. He will also continue to lead the ACU, and I appreciate his many years of leadership,” Dr. Liu said.

Dr. Sharma said his current goals include the expansion of the inpatient psychiatry services. This includes the opening of the Medical-Psychiatric Unit (MPU) and the Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES).

“We have been collaborating on this for quite some time, and I’m excited to see it all come to fruition,” Dr. Sharma said.

Dr. Sharma’s long-term goals include a consultation-liaison psychiatry fellowship as a part of the department’s new residency program.

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