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Malpractice Issues in Reproductive Psychiatry

Department of Psychiatry
Presenter Details
Aimee Kaempf, MD
Aimee C. Kaempf, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry
Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Kaempf gained experience in perinatal psychiatry working in the Women’s Mental Health Clinic during residency training at the University of Arizona. She completed fellowship training in forensic psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts. She returned to the department and served as medical director of the psychiatry consultation-liaison service at University Medical Center. She has been active in the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, where she has chaired the Gender Issues Committee. These experiences have led to an interest in forensic issues relating to women’s mental health, and she has authored several publications and presented at national conferences in this area.  She is currently a psychiatrist at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System. 

Saira Kalia, MD
Saira Kalia, MD, MBBS
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Kalia was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, where she earned her medical degree at Aga Khan University. She completed her residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson, during which time she earned the American Psychiatric Association’s Resident Recognition Award. Dr. Kalia wears many hats: she is a perinatal psychiatrist, an educator, and serves as the associate training director for the Department of Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, as the director for the Psychiatry Department’s Perinatal Psychiatry Track, and as the outpatient medical director at Banner – University Medical Center South.

Dr. Kalia is well regarded in the Tucson community and has earned numerous accolades for her role as an educator and for her patient-centered care. In 2020, she earned the Arizona Psychiatric Society’s Howard E. Wuslin Excellence in Education Award.

Kathy W. Smith, MD
Kathy W. Smith, MD
Assistant Dean, Student Affairs; Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from Arizona State University and Medical Degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She completed residency training in psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Arizona and joined the faculty in 2006. She has specialized training in the assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders and in working with transgender and gender nonconforming youth.

Dr. Smith provides clinical care and supervises medical students, residents, and fellows at Banner – University Medical Center and the Crisis Response Center. She is a member of the Association of Medical Education Scholars (AMES) and is involved in educational research and faculty development in both undergraduate and graduate medical education.

Learning Objectives
  • Accurately describe areas of malpractice risk in reproductive psychiatry commonly encountered in hospital settings including informed consent for reproductive decisions, psychiatric hospitalization of perinatal women, risk assessment, and dual agency
  • Accurately describe areas of malpractice risk in reproductive psychiatry commonly encountered in outpatient psychiatric settings including medical decision-making in the use of psychotropic medication in perinatal women, and issues related to failure to treat and patient abandonment
  • Effectively recognize local policies and available resources to better assist psychiatrists in caring for pregnant and postpartum women
CME Credit/Disclaimer

All faculty, CME Planning Committee members, and the CME office reviewer have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity. 

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 12:00pm
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Jamie Manser
College of Medicine – Tucson
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