OCT 16, 2019 09:00 AM PDT
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Psychiatric Pharmacogenomics: Practical Applications for the Community Psychiatrist

C.E. CREDITS: CME | P.A.C.E. CE | Florida CE
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  • Clinical Psychiatrist, Watson Clinic, LLP
    Biography
      Dr. Joachim Benitez is on staff at the Watson Clinic, LLP, serving as a community psychiatrist in Lakeland, Florida. He was formerly a dual appointee working as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Weill-Cornell University and at Columbia University in New York City. As part of the attending teaching staff, he was charged with the education of residents and medical students, and the formation and training of future thought leaders in the field. He was also involved in research and writing, and his academic pursuits have followed him since his training years at the Mayo Clinic where he became involved early on in pharmacogenomics and their unique clinical applications under the mentorship of Dr. David Mrazek, former Chair of Psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic, and one of the fathers of Psychiatric Pharmacogenomics. Dr. Benitez has over a decade of experience using pharmacogenomic tests to provide patients with individualized and personalized medicine, delivering care using the guiding principle of giving each and every patient the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time. He received his medical degree from St. Luke's College of Medicine, completed his residency in Psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic, and worked at the Mayo Clinic Health System - Austin, where he served as Department Chair of Psychiatry. He worked at the prestigious Payne Whitney Partial Hospital Program, and at Columbia University Medical Center CPEP, as an educator, a researcher, and a clinician who provided compassionate, expert, and state-of-the-art care to patients who have struggled with the most complicated and the most treatment-resistant psychiatric conditions.

    Abstract:
    DATE:  October 16, 2019
    TIME:   9:00am PT, 12:00pm ET
     
    The Community Psychiatrist is at the vanguard of the mental health crisis afflicting the nation, providing care to the patients where it is most needed. It is in this scenario where we see the day to day struggle of the everyday psychiatric patient who encounters treatment resistance, or a plethora of side effects, which may curtail the desire of the average patient, already stigmatized by society because of their mental illness, from seeking proper Psychiatric care. Psychiatric Pharmacogenomics is a tool in the armamentarium of the Community Psychiatrist to cut through that treatment resistance, limit side effects, and ultimately, improve outcomes for the patients in the community who experience unnecessary hardships brought about by their oft difficult to treat conditions. There are certain genes and genotypes which we will review that are relevant to test for patients with psychiatric issues. There are practical applications for these tests which can justifiably be utilized after repeated treatment failure or experiencing vicious side effects, and in some cases, even prior to embarking a medication trial. Finally, there are basic resources on pharmacogenomic drug information that a well informed psychiatrist should be aware of when prescribing psychotropics that can guide treatment in the present and moving forward.
     
    Learning Objectives:
    • Appreciate the difference between pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
    • Learn certain Cytochrome p450 substrates, inducers, and inhibitors that affect drug metabolism, and online resources to help you negotiate these issues
    • Look through PharmGKB and find genes and meds that might help you guide your treatment
     
     

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