By Lt. James Keener, NMCSD Clinical Psychologist Mental Health Department
SAN DIEGO - Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) Mental Health department’s Psychiatry Residency, was recently re-accredited for an additional five years by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education.
“By receiving the maximum number of years of re-accreditation, the NMCSD residency program has set the benchmark made possible by the hard work and dedication of each resident in the program and the entire staff of the Mental Health department,” said Lt. Cmdr. H. Scott Kane, psychiatry residency director.
“The residents are the best part of the program and set a high standard,” said Dr. Lauretta Ziajko, assistant residency director. “The wide variety of training opportunities offered to each resident, the increased focus on scholarly activity and the exemplary teaching skills of the staff are the reason why the program is nationally recognized.”
Two residents received national honors for their early career accomplishments, leadership, professionalism and future potential in the field of psychiatry. Earlier this year, Lt. Cmdr. (Dr.) Paul Sargent, was elected for membership by Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society, the country’s only national honor medical society.
Honorary membership in AOA is given to physicians or scientists who have made distinguished contributions to medicine and have received widespread recognition for their work.
“AOA membership is a great accomplishment,” said Ziajko, “Lt. Cmdr. Sargent competed against numerous residents from various other medical specialties for the honor.”
During his tenure as Chief Resident, Sargent led the educational and professional development needs of 20 residents and numerous interns through the creation of various courses and seminars. Sargent created a self-evaluation tool for residents that helped enhance practice-based learning and improvement and motivate residents towards self directed education. His case report on Pulmonary Edema After Electroconvulsive Therapy was published in the Journal of ETC, the official journal of the Association for Convulsive Therapy which is dedicated to the science of electroconvulsive therapy and related treatments.
Upon his graduation from residency in August 2009, he transitioned to a staff position at NMCSD and is currently deployed in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He was described by Dr. Ziajko as a “highly enthusiastic and an innovative leader,” while noting his numerous contributions to clinical care, teaching and program development throughout the Mental Health Department.
Lt. (Dr.) Karis Stenback, is serving as chief resident and was chosen as a 2010 recipient of the prestigious Laughlin Fellowship by the American College of Psychiatrists (ACP). According to the ACP, Laughlin Fellows are chosen from an elite pool of applicants deemed likely to make a significant contribution to the field of psychiatry. Stenback is scheduled to attend the college’s annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she will participate in educational activities and interact with college members and peers from other residency programs. Her numerous accomplishments include completing a Master Psychopharmacology Fellowship, involvement in the development of a post-traumatic stress disorder pilot program to better serve those impacted by combat stress, as well as the organization of a weekly lecture series for first-year residents. Her clinical and research interests include women’s mental health and improvement of mental health education for service members.
“The residency is expanding and excelling and the residents are experts and leaders in their field,” said Kane.
For more information on NMCSD’s resident programs visit: https://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcsd/Pages/default.aspx