Winter 2020 Issue
By Robby Schranze
Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Offered both virtually and in-person, the PSV’s 2020 Fall Meeting successfully implemented a new format that allowed for social distancing for participants and presenters. I attended in-person and found this new format to be just as engaging as previous meetings. It was clearly well organized and there were no hiccups or glitches with the technology.
Attending PSV meetings as a medical student has been a highlight of my medical education. It is clear that there is an enormous amount of time and care spent to ensure meetings are filled with a diverse panel of speakers. The community is warm and supportive, and very open to suggestions about future practice and life inside and outside of psychiatry.
This year, my poster was titled COVID-19: An Assessment of Mental Health Outcomes Among Healthcare and Non-Healthcare Community Members of Virginia. In this project, surveys were sent to volunteers during the first month of the pandemic to evaluate levels of depression, anxiety, and stress using the PHQ-9, GAD-7, and Impact of Events Scale. The study found particularly high levels of anxiety and stress in non-healthcare workers, parents of elementary school-aged children, and unemployed or part-time employees. At the end of the survey, participants were linked to the APA’s COVID-19 Mental Health Resources.
I’m looking forward to the next meeting!
Editor’s Note: Robby Schranze’s poster won the Honorable Mention award in the medical student category at the Fall Meeting.
February 19-20, 2021
Hilton Downtown Richmond
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