Save the Date for APPA’s 2022 Spring Conference
April 1-3, 2022

The Lodge at Gulf State Park
21196 E. Beach Blvd
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Room rates begin at $195 per night. Reserve a room by calling 800-618-4350 and mention the APPA group or book online. The deadline to reserve a room is March 10, 2022.

The Southern Psychiatric Association and the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association present:
Resilience: COVID-19 and Beyond

Agenda (click on the presentation title to download a PDF of the presentation)

Thursday, Oct. 7
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Community-based Resillience and Recovery
Jacqueline Maus Feldman, MD, DLFAPA, Professor Emerita, University of Alabama

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Mental Health Equity: Resillience and Recovery
Timothy E. Stone, MD, Psychiatric Director, Wexford Health-Alabama

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Ethics and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Rebecca W. Brendel, MD, JD, Associate Director, Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Professional Boundaries: Protecting the Doctor/Patient Relationship
Stephen D. Loyd, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Cedar Recovery

4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
New Antidepressants and the Pharmaceutical Pipeline: Where Are We Going?
Richard C. Shelton, MD, Professor, University of Alabama – Birmingham

5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Preventing Violence, Seclusion and Restraints in Psychiatric Hospitals: The State of Affairs
Sylvia Atdjian, MD, DFAPA, Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Comparison of the Risk of Psychiatric Disorders Between Bariatric Surgery Patients vs. Obesity Controls: A National Cohort Study
Ari Morgenstern, MD, PGY-2 Resident, Mount Sinai

Friday, Oct. 8
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, MD, Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
The 6 E’s of Racism: Ensuring Equitable Care
Rahn Kennedy Bailey, MD, DFAPA, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Louisiana State University

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Decolonizing Psychiatry
Ayesha Khan, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
The Effect of Mass Incarceration and America’s History of Racial Injustice on Mental Health
Charlotte Morrison, JD, Senior Attorney, Equal Justice Initiative

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Promoting Diversity at UAB School of Medicine – Successes and Challenges
Roger D. Smalligan, MD, MPH, FACP, Regional Dean, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine – Huntsville Regional Campus

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama through the joint providership of the Medical Foundation of Alabama and the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association. The Medical Foundation of Alabama is accredited by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement
The Medical Foundation of Alabama designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Learning Objectives
At the end of the SPA/APPA 2021 Conference, participants will be able to:

  • Assess the impact of social determinants on people with mental illness and incorporating recovery into treatment planning.
  • Recognize disparities in availability and quality of mental health care across difference populations.
  • Describe key features of ethical challenges in psychiatry and a plurality of approaches to address them.
  • Describe efforts to prevent the use of seclusion and restraints in the treatment of people in psychiatric hospitals.
  • Describe the mechanisms of action of the newest antidepressants and their effect on patients.
  • Recognize situations that threaten the doctor/patient relationship in regard to social media and prescribing to family members.
  • Review current COVID-19 guidelines and regulations.
  • Identify actions that promote racial bias and inequitable mental health care among various populations.
  • Describe the impact of historical and modern colonialism on psychiatry and psychology, and how it can cause racial health disparities.
  • Cite America’s history of racial injustice and mass incarceration, and the resulting effects on the physical and psychological health of minorities.
  • Review the importance and challenges of improving diversity among psychiatrists and other healthcare providers in order to encourage minority populations to seek help.


Transcripts will be available for download from the Medical Association of the State of Alabama website eight (8) weeks after the date of the educational event. Go to and follow the instructions to print or download your CME transcript. For assistance, please call Margaret McGuire at (334) 954-2500.

Future APPA Meeting Dates and Locations

October 7-8, 2022
Marriott Resort Auburn-Opelika Grand National

The Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association is proudly managed by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama.