Minnesota Psychiatric Society Spring Meetings
Minnesota Humanities Center
Saturday, April 22, 2023
8:00am-4:45pm Scientific Program, 5:00-7:30pm Recognition Dinner
MIND THE GAP: Ethics, Law, & Practice

PROGRAM INFORMATION - (Registration follows)

Program Agenda
Day Program 8:00am - 4:45pm
7:30-8:00 am              CHECK-IN / CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST / Exhibits / Poster Set-up
8:00-8:15 am              Welcome, Opening Remarks – Overview
                                    • MPS President Matt Kruse, MD, FAPA
8:15-9:15 am               Keynote Address:Ethical & legal considerations on innovation and Policy in Psychiatry
                                    How do ethics and policy keep up with innovation in psychiatry? What is psychiatry’s role in policy
                                    development, and does ethical practice adapt to – or lead – that evolution in society?

                                    • APA President Rebecca Brendel, MD, JD, DFAPA
                                    • Alison Crane, JD, APA Deputy General Counsel
9:15-10:15am             Gun Safety, Red Flag Laws, and Multifaceted interventions
                                    • Rick Petry, JD, Hamline Mitchell Law School
10:15-10:30am            BREAK / Exhibits
10:30-11:15am            Ethics of Neurosurgery for Alcoholism
                                    • Dan Hall Flavin, MD, Mayo Clinic
11:15am-12:00pm       Flash Talks – What is the next generation of psychiatrists passionate about?,
                                    • Casimir Klim, MD; Akshaya Selvamani, MD; Christian Morfaw, MD; Moderator Matt Kruse, MD, FAPA
12:00-12:30pm            Poster Session
12:30-1:15pm              LUNCH / Exhibits / Posters
1:15-2:00pm                ​Ethics and Moral Injury
                                    • James Black, MD, Regions Hospital
2:00-2:30pm                Building Physician Wellness & Resilience
                                    • Mary Beth Lardizabal, DO, DFAPA
2:30-2:45pm                BREAK / Exhibits/ Posters
2:45-3:45pm                Access Issues: Wise Resource Management Tools Powered and Informed by Humans,
                                    Supported by Technology
                                    • 48-hour Rule & Access – Matt Kruse, MD, FAPA
                                    • FastTrackerMN.org – Linda Vukelich, Samantha Meulemans, LADC, Jessica Lillestol
                                    • Getting To Yes Project – Kirsten Anderson, Chris Chell
3:45-4:45pm               Panel – How to Talk About Mistakes,
                                    Moving from pro forma, legal and risk management policy to focus on therapeutic process.
                                    How do we create an environment where professionals feel comfortable talking about errors?
                                    Quality improvement & Learning for Physicians: How can we process what happened for
                                    better future outcomes?
                                    • Panelists:
                                         • Allison Crane, JD; (APA Ethics)
                                         • Mark Williams, MD, DFAPA (Mayo system example)
                                         • Dawn Ellison, MD (MMA CANDOR)
                                    • Moderator:
                                         • Rebecca Brendel, MD, JD, DFAPA

Evening Program    5:00-7:30pm
5:00-6:00pm             RECEPTION / Exhibits 
                                 Awards Presentations, MPS President Matt Kruse, MD, FAPA
                                         • 2023 MPS Psychiatrist of the Year: 
                                         • 2023 Paul Wellstone Advocacy Award: 
                                         • Gloria Segal Medical Student Scholarship Winners: 
                                         • 2020-2023 MPS Presidential Service Award: Chinmoy Gulrajani, MD, DFAPA
6:00-6:45pm             DINNER 
6:45-7:30pm             Keynote: Reflections on Leadership and Psychiatry’s Future
                                         • APA President Rebecca Brendel, MD, JD, DFAPA


From earliest history, human beings have gathered in social groups; first to survive and then to thrive. As social creatures living in communities, we have always struggled with finding the balance between individual rights and the “greater good.”
In today’s complex and interconnected world, we continue to grapple with this balance. We have developed systems of government, law, education, and healthcare to organize our societies. We also rely upon theology, ethics, philosophy, and art to guide our collective moral compass.
     As psychiatrists, we are on the leading edge of challenging social and ethical dilemmas. We are involved in cases of involuntary hospitalization and treatment, and are often consulted on matters of competency.
     Such decisions can be at odds with self-determination. The gun violence epidemic in our country is one of the most striking examples of the conflict between individual rights and public safety. Mental illness is often proposed in the media and by politicians as the cause of mass shootings, deflecting attention from gun control and societal failings.
     More than other specialties, psychiatry interfaces with patients experiencing society’s worst failings: homelessness, abuse, violence, and addiction, to name a few.
     On a daily basis, doctors struggle with lack of resources for our patients. Trying to do our best for our patients in a broken system takes a significant toll. Healthcare’s systemic failures were further highlighted by the pandemic. As a specialty, psychiatrists need to lead the way in addressing burnout and moral injury.
     Talking about mistakes is also complex in medicine. Health systems and legal consultants may discourage “admission of guilt” or even a simple apology. This conundrum leaves physicians, who are all too human, further isolated and burdened. Again, psychiatrists can be leaders in supporting ourselves and our colleagues in addressing this challenge.
     Please join MPS for our Spring 2023 meeting. We will take on challenging topics and provide a forum for discussion of innovative solutions.

Educational Objectives

At the end of the educational activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Navigating potential conflicts and legal pressures when delivering appropriate and legal care.
  • Examine factors associated with physician empathy fatigue and moral injury
  • Discuss ethics of implementing innovative or experimental interventions.
  • Debate physician role in policy development and examine its impact on patient and community well-being.

Who Should Attend

This educational activity is intended for psychiatrists, addiction medicine specialists, primary care physicians, psychologists, social workers, physician assistants, registered nurses, advance practice nurses, system and health plan administrators and policy makers. All mental health professionals and general health professionals are welcome, including students and residents.


American Professional Agency, Inc  -  Minnesota Health Community Foundation & Fast-TrackerMN.org  -  Professional Risk Management Services (PRMS)  -  Therapy Suites, Inc.

Scholarship Donor Sponsors

Minnesota Society of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (MSCAP)  -  Plymouth Psych Group  


Personal Information
Registration Rates

Registration includes meals. Materials will be provided digitally to all participants.  Paper copies are also available for $15. (Paper copies must be ordered prior to the event)

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