Name of Organization: PsychIG – Psychiatry Interest Group
Title of Event: May Psychiatry Interest Group Lunch Guest Lecture Event
Date of Event: 05/13/2014
Location of Event: Shands Hospital Communicore
Number of People Expected at the Event: 60
Has this event been held before? Yes
If so, How many participated before: 60
What is the Purpose of the Event? A lecturer will be chosen to present research in the field, or raise awareness about specific patient populations. Lectures have either professionals in the feild, or have had their lives directly impacted by the topic to be discussed. Past event topics have included: the stigma surrounding mental illness, living with eating disorders, substance abuse, neurological trauma, LGBT mental health, post traumatic stress disorder, and more.
Lectures are provided during lunch time to maximize the number of participants from the medical school first year and second year classes.
What is the Benefit to the State, the university, and/or your organization? This lunch lecture series will foster interest in the psychiatry field, as well as highlight the importance of mental health care in the service of promoting full health among our future patients. Currently, mental health is one of the least promoted sectors of our medical community, yet mental illness is vastly wide spread among the American population. In addition, stigma associated with mental health illness prevents both patients and physicians from seeking out treatment and support for themselves.
We propose that these lectures will encourage more medical students to explore the psychiatry field, benefiting even those who choose to peruse other specialties by exposing them to mental health resources and normalizing the stigma associated with mental illness.
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