February 25, 2010

Faculty Physician Wellness Committee Presents "Depression Issues in Academic Medical Centers," March 4, 7 a.m.

It is often said that people are the most valuable asset in any organization.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center considers its commitment to the thoughtful selection and ongoing development of its faculty and staff to be at the core of its people strategy.

However, sometimes in the midst of the frenzy of daily activity, we may miss the signs and signals that one of our colleagues may be in trouble. We may easily recognize the symptoms of a cold, the flu or a backache, but we may miss the signs of other conditions such as depression.

To assist faculty and other leaders in recognizing the signs, as well as the ripple effects, of depression, we have asked Richard Shelton, M.D., professor of Psychiatry, to join us for a presentation titled “Depression Issues in Academic Medical Centers.”

The program will be presented Thursday, March 4, from 7-8 a.m. in 202 Light Hall. Shelton’s presentation is sponsored by the Faculty Physician Wellness Committee, chaired by Charlene Dewey, M.D., and is a component of our ongoing commitment to the overall wellbeing of the faculty and staff at VUMC.

Faculty, especially faculty leaders, are urged to attend and to invite administrative officers as well. Often they are the front line in terms of encounters with colleagues in distress. Faculty leaders will note that this program is the same day as the quarterly Leadership Assembly that begins in Langford Auditorium at 8:30 a.m. We hope this makes it convenient to attend both programs.

Feel free to invite other colleagues who may benefit from this presentation. If you have specific issues you would like Shelton to address, he invites you to send them directly to him via e-mail to richard.shelton@vanderbilt.edu.