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The Impact of Gun Violence on Patients & Communities: What Can We Do About It?

May 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

 An Interactive,  Virtual Meeting

Presented by The Maryland Psychiatric Society &  MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society.

Support Provided By:
The Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry






A link to view the film will be sent to participants in advance of the meeting

7:00-7:30: Keynote Presentation: Carol Vidal, MD – Community Violence Prevention Interventions: What Works?

7:30-8:30: Panel Presentation With Question and Answer Session



Charm City delivers a candid portrait of citizens, police, community advocates, and government officials on the frontlines during three years of unparalleled, escalating violence in Baltimore. The film highlights the positive actions by groups and individuals, optimistically offering humanity as common ground. We are pleased that the film’s director, Marilyn Ness, will serve as a panelist. Click here to view the trailer for Charm City



Damion Cooper – is the Founder and Executive Director of Project Pneuma – a holistic program focused on forgiveness and curbing impulse actions in young African American males by teaching them yoga, mindfulness, breathing techniques, and martial arts. Damion uses his startling life’s story of being shot an inch above the heart at point-blank range by one of two gunmen to teach lessons of forgiveness, self-control, discipline and redemption via mentorship.


Nathan Irvin, MD – Dr. Irvin is an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins. He earned a medical degree at Harvard. Dr. Irvin holds interests in social emergency medicine and addressing health and behavioral problems that affect people living in urban communities. Additionally, he is engaged in work related to youth violence prevention and endeavors to develop a trauma-informed, hospital-based violence intervention program.


Marilyn Ness – is a two-time Emmy, Peabody, and DuPont Award-winning filmmaker, is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and works as a producer and a director. Most recently, she directed CHARM CITY which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and was shortlisted for the 2019 Academy Award® – Best Documentary Feature. The film was broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens in April 2019.


Paul Nestadt, MD – specializes in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety disorders. He is interested in the role of practical factors, such as firearm access and opiate use, in the risk of suicide death. His methodological expertise includes large scale regression-based data analysis, post-mortem clinical evaluation, and evaluation of determination of manner of death. He also works with the Doubt/ OCD genetics group and the broader suicide prevention workgroup at Johns Hopkins.


Carol Vidal, MD, MPH – is an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her area of clinical expertise is child and adolescent psychiatry. She completed residency in psychiatry at University of Maryland Medical System. Dr. Vidal completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University of Maryland Medical System. She is certified in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.



Goals & Objectives
At the end of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify individual and societal factors that contribute to the increase in community violence.
  • Describe the effects of violence exposure in people’s health and behavior.
  • List 3 potential interventions that communities and providers can implement to decrease community violence.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society and the Maryland Psychiatric Society (MPS). MedChi is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

MedChi designates this Online enduring educational activity for a maximum of  3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is approved for a maximum of 3.25 hours of Category I Continuing Education for Social Workers by the Maryland Board of Social Workers.




May 28, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Maryland Psychiatric Society


Remote Participation Only

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