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Dr. Pearl Scholz, known as Suzie by friends and colleagues, had the most delightful southern accent which made it easy to locate her in a crowd. I met her shortly after my arrival as a psychiatric resident at Johns Hopkins, where she was one of the few female psychiatrists. She was most welcoming, hospitable, interested and generous of her time.

The Society held its 60th birthday party at Valley Country Club 4/30 at 6 p.m. On a cloudless, warm, spring evening, members gathered to hobnob at an old mansion set amid manicured lawns overlooking a swimming pool complex. Inside were tall-ceilinged anterooms and a ballroom with places set for the 105 attendees.

 TeleMental Health (TMH) is an inclusive term, covering mental health practices via video, audio, the web, computers, cell phones, etc. It also includes mental health clinical care, psychoeducation and administration. Aside from telephone use which was first utilized by physicians in the late 1870’s the most recent advances have been in videoconferencing, web based treatments and home telehealth. In this article we will look at some of the videoconferencing applications in Maryland.

 Let me tell you about Dr. X. Dr. X graduated with honors from medical school. But on the way to his anticipated success, something very different happened - something that could happen to any of us. Dr. X fell skiing one February afternoon. He eventually underwent three surgeries and was on opioid pain medication for months. When it was time to stop the medications, he tried but found that his pain was unmanageable. He was prescribed increasingly stronger drugs with less and less relief. Eventually Dr.

 The Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA) of 2000 dramatically changed the landscape for the treatment of opioid addiction. For the first time since the Harrison Act of 1914, it created a legal framework allowing physicians to prescribe, from their offices, a Schedule III, IV or V opioid specifically approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for detoxification or maintenance.

The 2010 legislative session was both exciting and very productive for the MPS. Together with Franklin Goldstein and its government relations team, Harris Jones & Malone, the MPS undertook the daunting task of tracking over 330 bills. The MPS testified on several of these bills, helping to shape key pieces of legislation. Additionally, we submitted written testimony and recommendations on a plethora of other bills. We fared very well overall.

This is my last issue as editor, but I am looking forward to remaining on the Editorial Advisory Board and working with our new editor, Devang H.Gandhi. I will also continue to enjoy working with the members of the Board -- all much better editors than I - - who comprise a delightful mix of younger and older psychiatrists. Bruce Hershfield, John Buckley and Gerry Klee have been wonderful mentors.

A Note From the Editor: Dr. Komrad is the Chairman of the Clinical Ethics Committee and Consultation Service for the Sheppard Pratt Health Systems. Dr. Komrad has agreed to edit and write for “Practicing Ethically”, a column for MPS members on topics in this field.

On April 22, 2009 at Sheppard Pratt Hospital, a panel discussion chaired by Robert Roca, M.D. discussed “The Ethics of Placebo use.” This meeting was jointly sponsored by Med Chi, the Baltimore County Medical Association and the Maryland Psychiatric Society. Dr. Roca is Vice-President and Medical Director of Sheppard Pratt and serves as one of the MPS representatives to the APA Assembly.

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