PGY2 Jessica Khan, MD was recognized at the International Global Psychiatric Initiative (IGPI) dinner in Orlando.
The IGPI recognized Dr. Khan for her psychiatry work in India. Dr. Khan spent a month living at a hospital in the southern Indian town of Sargur. During this time she analyzed population data to clarify the prevalence of certain psychiatric illnesses in the area and presented the data to the doctors at the hospital so they could better screen for more common illnesses in their primary care. She made basic information pamphlets on depression and schizophrenia to educate the community health workers on how to identify these illnesses in their communities and get help for those who need it.
Dr. Khan also gave a presentation on alcoholism in India for the counselors at the hospital. These counselors are the primary providers for substance use treatment in the hospital. She also developed a psychiatry quiz for a continuing education day for the physicians at the hospital.
While she was in Orlando Dr. Khan also presented at the 2nd Annual Bioethics Seminar held at the UF Research and Academic Center in Lake Nona. Her presentation was titled “Ethical Issues at the End of Life: A Case Study”.