Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds in the Department of Psychiatry at BIDMC is a weekly series focusing on a variety of topics relevant to psychiatric practice including psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, neuroscience, trauma, and spiritual care, healthcare systems, care of specific populations (including issues of multiculturalism and healthcare disparities), social justice, and more.

The course is coordinated by Associate Program Director Tim Scarella and Dr. Sarah Herold, a faculty member and supervisor on the ambulatory and consultation-liaison services, with the assistance of a planning committee that includes faculty and residents.

Additionally, there are two keynote lectures per year:

1. The Larry Seidman Memorial Lecture on the Psychopathology and Treatment of Serious Mental Illness, 
an annual lecture from an eminent researcher regarding topics relevant to working with patients with serious mental illness

2. The Keynote Lecture on Diversity, Inclusion, Multiculturalism, and Social Justice, an annual lecture focusing on these topics relative to clinical work, health-care systems, medical education, and community advocacy.

Each spring, our PGY2 residents present their group Quality Improvement project and our graduating residents speak about their scholarly work. 

Speakers over the past few years have included:

  • Dr. Ranya Awaad, Stanford University: Mental health treatment for the Muslim community.
  • Dr. Ross Baldessarini, Harvard Medical School: Update on Suicide: The Basics
  • Dr. Sebastian Barr: Psychotherapy with transgender patients
  • Dr. Enrico Castillo, UCLA: Structural awareness and action on homelessness
  • Dr. Rita Charon, Columbia University: Narrative Medicine
  • Dr. Justin Chen, MGH: Breaking Silences in the Model Minortiy: Asian American Mental Health Before and During COVID-19
  • Dr. Rick Doblin, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies: Use of Psychedelic Medications for Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders
  • Dr. Ariadna Forray, Yale School of Medicine: Treatment of substance abuse disorders in the perinatal period
  • Dr. Meredith Ganser, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School: How do we assess the impact of screen time in child psychiatry?
  • Dr. Angela Garcia, Stanford University: Rethinking Addiction Recovery- Lessons from the Underground
  • Dr. Thaddeus Iheanacho, Yale School of Medicine: Community-Based Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment
  • Dr. Matcheri Keshavan, BIDMC/MMHC/Harvard Medical School: Updates in Schizophrenia Research
  • Dr. Richard Leiter, DFCI/Harvard Medical School: Palliative Care in the Time of COVID
  • Dr. Paulo Lizano, BIDMC/Harvard Medical School: Clinical implications of visual system impairment in psychosis
  • Dr. Tanya Luhrmann, Stanford University: Cultural influence in the phenomenology of psychosis
  • Dr. Joseph Martin, Harvard Medical School will speak about his research in neuroscience
  • Dr. Ethan Mereish, University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Shirley Yen, MMHC/BIDMC/Harvard Medical School: Suicide risk assessment in transgender adolescents
  • Dr. Richard Molloca, MGH/Harvard Medical School: Moving Beyond the Enormity Problem- Overview of Refugee Mental Health
  • Dr. Nicole Nugent, Brown University: Assessment of suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  • Dr. Gerard Sanacora, Yale School of Medicine: Novel psychopharmacologic treatments
  • Dr. Theodore Satterthwaite, University of Pennsylvania: "Large Scale Studies of Brain Development"
  • Dr. John Torous, BIDMC/Harvard Medical School: Beyond TelePsychiatry: Research and Practice Considerations for Mobile Mental Health
  • Dr. Jack Turban, Stanford University: Evolving treatment paradigms in transgender youth

Finally, in the spring, we will hear from our PGY2 residents regarding their class Quality Improvement Project and from our graduating residents on their own scholarly work.