2018 Psychiatry Section at the CMDA National Convention

May 18, 2019 – May 22, 2019

Ridgecrest, North Carolina


The Psychiatry Section sponsored an afternoon session on Friday with a focus on Mentoring, Burnout/Resilience, and Sexual Dysphoria.  We heard from Steve Sartori, MD, Director of CMDA’s Life and Leadership Coaching ministry as he discussed Burnout among doctors and healthcare professionals.  Dr. Samuel Thielman, MD. Ph.D., Director of Still Waters Global LLC, provided insights into his experiences with resilience in his practice as a State Department consultant as well as in his private practice.  Finally, Paul Hruz, MD, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Washington University, provided insights into Sexual Dysphoria in Children.  Biographies of our speakers along with a video and audio of their presentation are found at the link below.  Contact Marshall at psychsectioncmda@gmail.com for more information.

Friday, April 27

1:30 – 2:30 PM


Steven J. Sartori, MD

Director, CMDA Life & Leadership Coaching

Dr. Steve Sartori is the director of Life & Leadership Coaching for Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA). He is a graduate of The Medical College of Wisconsin and has been CEO of a private group practice, chief of staff at two hospitals, faculty member for a family medicine residency program, and chief medical officer for a faith-based community health center. He has served CMDA as board member, treasurer, and audit committee chair, and has participated in mission trips to Jamaica, Thailand, Romania, Kenya, and Swaziland.


Presentation:  Physician Burnout – Restoring the Soul (https://youtu.be/CoyF_Owa9Fs )


2:45 – 3:45 PM

Samuel Thielman, MD, PhD

Psychiatrist; Director, Still Waters Global LLC

Dr. Samuel Thielman is Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina. He is a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and consultant to government and international nongovernmental organizations on issues involving behavioral healthcare for global workers. Dr. Thielman received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University. He has published numerous articles on traumatic stress, global mental health, and disaster psychiatry. From 1999 to 2015, Dr. Thielman was a Foreign Service psychiatrist for the US Department of State In this capacity, he worked in East Africa, Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East. He was Director of the State Department mental health program in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.


Presentation:  Building Our Resilience as Healthcare Professionals (https://youtu.be/mALHGRSv9YE)


4 – 5 PM

Paul W Hruz, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Washington University

Paul W. Hruz is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Professor of Cellular Biology and Physiology at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a graduate of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  He completed residency training in Pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle with a fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at Washington University in St Louis.  As faculty at Washington University he has served as Fellowship Program Director and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes.   He is a member of the University’s Disorders of Sexual Development (DSD) Multidisciplinary Care Program.  He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts, scientific reviews and book chapters.


Presentation:  Gender Dysphoria in Children: Science, Ideology, and Ethics (https://youtu.be/Z1tG29BwvGg)

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