APA Collaborates with the NNDC on PsychPRO Registry

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PsychPRO Registry
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President and CEO of Aurora Behavioral Health Care, Dr. Soon K. Kim oversees operations at seven psychiatric facilities in California, Illinois, and Arizona. Dedicated to staying active in the professional community, Dr. Soon K. Kim holds licenses and certifications from several organizations. He is also a lifetime member of the American Psychiatric Association.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA), the world’s leading organization for psychiatric professionals, announced in early 2017 that it would be collaborating with the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC) on PsychPRO.

PsychPRO (Psychiatric Patient Registry Online) was launched by the APA during fall 2016. A national mental health registry, it was designed to help psychiatrists meet quality reporting requirements while providing high-quality healthcare to patients. The registry also provides patients with a safe way of sending their clinicians information and allows psychiatrists to submit data to the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN).

Over time, the APA hopes that PsychPRO will become a research tool that will help clinicians better understand mental health conditions. Based on the data gathered in the registry, it is hoped that new treatments will also be developed to improve patient outcomes. The NNDC’s collaboration with the registry will help PsychPRO reach these research goals by providing research expertise to speed up important work and maximize the data that the registry creates.

AMA Names New Key Executive

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American Medical Association
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For more than 16 years, Dr. Soon K. Kim has served as chairman, president, and CEO of Aurora Behavioral Health Care, where he oversees the operations of seven acute psychiatric hospitals. Active in his field, Dr. Soon K. Kim belongs to numerous professional organizations, including the American Medical Association.

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently announced a new hire to serve as the organization’s Chief Experience Officer (CXO) and Senior Vice President of Physician Engagement – successful executive and Harvard MBA graduate Todd Unger, who prior to this post served with the Daily Racing Form as its Chief Digital Officer and Chief Marketing Officer.

In addition to his experience in the digital media space, Mr. Unger worked with high-profile companies such as Procter & Gamble and Leo Burnett, helping them promote and optimize their unique brand profiles. He has also held key marketing roles with Lifetime Television and Major League Gaming.

In his comments, AMA CEO James L. Madara, MD, said that Unger’s experience positions him for success in this new role. He believes Unger will be a tremendous asset to the AMA, helping to develop the best digital tools for physicians for years to come.

The 2017 American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting in San Diego

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American Psychiatric Association
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An experienced healthcare professional, Dr. Soon K. Kim oversees the business operations of seven hospitals and multiple inpatient facilities as president and CEO of Signature Healthcare Services, based in Corona, California. In addition to his executive responsibilities, Dr. Soon K. Kim maintains membership with the American Psychiatric Association.

The leading organization of its kind, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) supports more than 37,000 physicians practicing in the United States and in countries around the world. Focused on assisting individuals with mental illnesses and their families, the association endeavors to increase the availability and accessibility of high-quality psychiatric care. The APA supports its vision and mission by gathering its membership each year.

From May 20 to 24, 2017, the APA will host its Annual Meeting, “Prevention through Partnership,” at the San Diego Convention Center. Organizers have planned a program with more than 450 courses and sessions, as well as a variety of exhibitions and poster presentations. The program will also include special events, such as a lecture from journalist Elizabeth Vargas and a piano performance from psychiatrist Dr. Richard Kogan.

Outside of the offerings at the San Diego Convention Center, the APA Foundation will hold a benefit dinner at the San Diego Wine and Culinary Event Center. For more details on the Annual Meeting, please visit www.psychiatry.org.

The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology Longevity Institute


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Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
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Dr. Soon K. Kim is a board-certified psychiatrist with a subspecialty in geriatric psychiatry. Dr. Kim practiced psychiatry privately and in clinics and hospitals for 25 years. Currently, Dr. Soon K. Kim serves on the board of directors at the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.

The USC Davis School of Gerontology includes courses and educational programs focused on biological, psychological, and social human development and aging. The school offers 12 distinct programs, including two degrees that may be obtained online.

Additionally, the USC Davis School offers students the opportunity to become involved in its wide range of research centers and institutes, including the USC Longevity Institute (LI). The LI capitalizes on the knowledge base of scientists and clinicians from five different USC schools. The faculty includes specialists in neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, psychological disorders, and normal aging.

LI members work together in units to identify and test approaches to maximize health and prevent age-related illnesses. The LI is considered one of the leading research centers of its kind.

Scientific Achievements at the USC Davis School of Gerontology

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USC Davis School of Gerontology
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Active in the medical field for nearly half a century, Dr. Soon K. Kim presently focuses his career on administrative duties. As the president and chief executive officer of Aurora Behavioral Health Care, Dr. Soon K. Kym manages a network of eight hospitals across three states. In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Soon Kyun Kim sits on the board of directors for the University of Southern California (USC) Davis School of Gerontology.

Established in 1975, the USC Davis School of Gerontology has become a leader in the study of aging. With options for undergraduates, master’s candidates, and PhD students, it affords scholars the opportunity to investigate the biological, sociological, medical, and business concerns of older persons. Additionally, it oversees programs such as the USC Free Radical Institute and the Center for Digital Aging.

Over the past 30 years, USC Davis School of Gerontology researchers have made important contributions to science. In January 2014, two of its scientists – Sean Curran and Shanshan Pang – investigated how the body adapts to dieting. Published in Cell Metabolism, this report looked at how genes respond to what people eat. Their results indicated that some individuals are genetically predisposed to react better to different diets, and the wrong diets can cause premature aging. Through further research and gene sequencing, this discovery may be able to help people determine what will be the best diets for their needs.

Breaking Down How to Keep Score in Tennis

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President and CEO of Aurora Behavioral Health Care, Dr. Soon K. Kim earned his medical degree from Seoul National University in Korea in 1966. When he is not attending to his professional responsibilities, Dr. Soon K. Kim enjoys playing tennis.

Tennis is perhaps unique among sports because a player or team can win the majority of the points scored and the majority of games and yet still lose the match. For instance, a player could win a match 6-4, 0-6, 6-4, thus winning 12 games to the loser’s 14 games won.

Contemporary league matches in the U.S. are generally won by the first side to win two sets. A set is won by the first side to win six games, and a game is won by the first side to score four points. To win a game, though, not only must a side reach four points, but it must also win by at least two points. Thus, if the two sides are tied at three points apiece – called “40-40” or “deuce”– they keep playing until one side wins by two points.

Some matches employ “no-ad” scoring, which eliminates the “win by two” rule so that even when the score is “deuce,” the next point wins the game. In mixed doubles matches using no-ad scoring, when the score is deuce or at the final point of a tiebreak, the server serves to the same gender player on the other side. This is a feature of mixed doubles play at tennis’ Grand Slam events.

Schizophrenia Q&A

A highly trained psychiatrist, Dr. Soon K. Kim is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Soon K. Kim currently serves as president and CEO of Aurora Behavioral Health Care.

What is schizophrenia and who gets it?

A complex mental disorder involving differences in brain chemicals and the central nervous system, schizophrenia is characterized by disordered thinking and an inability to accurately interpret reality, which leads to inappropriate emotional and social responses. The cause of the condition is unknown, but family history is thought to play a role in some cases.

What are the symptoms of schizophrenia and how is it diagnosed?

Signs and symptoms of schizophrenia can appear at any age, although the condition usually manifests itself between a person’s teenage years and 30s. Those with schizophrenia can have hallucinations, delusional thinking, and disorganized thoughts, speech, and behavior. They may also withdraw and lose motivation to do the simplest tasks, such as bathing or getting dressed. Cognitively, patients may have problems with attention and memory and be unable to make sense of what they see or hear. However, because the symptoms of schizophrenia can mimic those of other mental or neurological conditions, a full psychiatric evaluation is necessary to obtain a proper diagnosis.

What treatments are available for schizophrenia?

Once diagnosed, patients are usually treated with antipsychotic medications to stabilize brain neurotransmitters. After the symptoms of psychosis are under control, patients should begin psychotherapy to learn how to cope with the condition, stay healthy, and maintain a job and normal relationships.