The Department of Psychiatry
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

Continuing Medical
Education Course on ECT

This course is designed for psychiatrists who wish to enhance their knowledge of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). The objectives of the course are to provide the attendees with the skills required to perform state of the art ECT and administer an ECT service. The course is a week-long, 8 am-5 pm program that permits fellows to receive hands-on experience in the actual administration of ECT under expert supervision. Didactic sessions with the ECT faculty of Columbia University cover topics relevant to running an ECT service, as well as new developments in seizure threshold titration, stimulus dosing, and post-ECT maintenance treatment. Trainees are exposed to ECT in a variety of settings (stand alone ECT suite, recovery room setting, state facility, private facility).

CME Credit & Course Materials

At the conclusion of the course, the attendee receives a certificate, and 41.5 CME Credit hours. Each attendee will also be provided with a copy of the APA Task Force Guidelines on ECT, and a CD containing the lecture slides, readings, self-assessment exam, and handouts.

Schedule

This course is offered 4 times a year. Course enrollment is limited to 4 persons at a time. Early enrollment is encouraged. For upcoming course dates, call (212) 543-5614.

Registration

The course is open to physicians both in the U.S. and abroad. This program, sponsored by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, is supported by the registration fees (not by industry). Cancellations less than 1 month prior to start date will incur a 10% cancellation fee. The course registration fee is $3,000.

Contact Information

For further Information, contact:

Jenny Bress
ECT CME Course Coordinator
1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 21
New York State Psychiatric Institute
New York, New York 10032
(212) 543-5614
bressje@pi.cpmc.columbia.edu

Accreditation Statement

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons designates this educational activity for a maximum of 41.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program has been planned and produced in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

Disclosure Statement

The College of Physicians & Surgeons must ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in its educational activities. All faculty participating in this activity are required to disclose to the audience any significant financial interest and/or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services discussed in his/her presentation and/or the commercial contributor(s) of this activity. When unlabeled uses are discussed, these will also be indicated.

Course Director

Joan Prudic, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry,
Columbia University, Dept. of Biological Psychiatry
New York State Psychiatric Institute

Faculty

Mitchell Berman, M.D
Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology
Columbia University

Robert Berman, M.D., Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Columbia University, Dept. of Psychiatry
New York State Psychiatric Institute

Linda Fitzsimons, R.N.
Research Nurse
Columbia University, Dept. of Psychiatry
New York State Psychiatric Institute

David Hardesty, M.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Columbia University, Dept. of Neurology
New York State Psychiatric Institute

Sarah H. Lisanby, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Columbia University, Dept. of Psychiatry
New York State Psychiatric Institute

Antonio Mantovani, M.D., Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Columbia University, Dept. of Psychiatry
New York State Psychiatric Institute

Nancy Payne, M.S.W.
Research Social Worker
Columbia University, Dept. of Psychiatry
New York State Psychiatric Institute

Tarique Perera, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Columbia University, Dept. of Psychiatry
New York State Psychiatric Institute