Suicide Prevention in Primary Care – Lifesaving!

October 25, 2018 @ 5:30PM — 8:30PM

Suicide Prevention in Primary Care – Lifesaving!

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Event Schedule

There is no charge to attend this event, however, please RSVP for planning purposes as a light dinner will be provided.

Dinner and registration begins at 5:30 PM

Program begins at 6 PM

Program Agenda:

Welcome from George Burnett MD, Medical Director, Behavioral Health at Independent Health.

1. Introductions and Erie County Suicides: Who are the victims? (15 minutes) Presented by Gale Burstein MD, MPH, FAAP, Erie County Health Commissioner.

Learning objective: By the end of this session participants will be able to describe demographics of Erie County suicide victims over the past 3 years

Source: Erie County Medical Examiner, mortality data

2. Update on Commonly Prescribed Psychotropic Medications in Primary Care – How to work with more challenging cases…(60 minutes) presented by Josie L. Olympia MD, Psychiatrist

Learning objective: 1. Identify general guidelines in prescribing psychotropics

2. List commonly prescribed psychotropics used in primary care and learn indications for their use, dosage and side effects

3. Understand some drug/food interaction when prescribing psychotropics

4. Identify common and life threatening side effects

References: 1. Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology, 6th edition, Cambridge University Press

2. Moret, Chantal, Combination/Augmentation Strategies for Improving Treatment of Depression Neuropsychiatr Dis treat 2005 Dec1(4) 301-309

3. Suicide Assessment and Prevention in Primary Care (30 minutes) presented by Celia Spacone, Ph.D., Erie County Suicide Prevention Coordinator

Learning objective: 1. Give two reasons why suicide assessment is needed and appropriate in Primary Care

2. Identify 2 Tools that are Evidence-Based Approaches for Suicide Assessment

3. Identify common, Risk Factors, Warning Signs and Preventive Factors

4. A Model of Suicide Prevention in Primary Care-Buffalo Medical Group (30 minutes) presented by John C. Notaro MD, Medical Director, Buffalo Medical Group and Erin M. Ruston LMHC, Behavioral Health Specialist/Supervisor, Buffalo Medical Group

Learning objective: 1. Identify one model of suicide prevention triage in primary care

2. Be able to state three advantages of screening for suicide in primary care practice.

5. Community Resources, Comments and Questions (15 minutes) presented by Gale Burstein MD, MPH, FAAP, Erie County Health Commissioner and Jessica C. Pirro, LMSW, CEO, Crisis Services & Chair, Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County

There is hope. Together we can save lives. This event is free. We hope you will join us to learn how to better serve your patients.


Primary Care Physicians and Nurse Practitioners.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Crisis Services.

The University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Crisis Services designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Questions? Contact: Dr. Celia Spacone, Coordinator, Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County 716-831-4421

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Buffalo Yacht Club
1 Porter Avenue
Buffalo , NY 14201
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