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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

David Beckert, MD & Edward M. Kantor, MD, DFAPA

David Beckert, MD
Dr. Beckert is a graduate of Penn State University, earning a BS in Biology with Honors in 2002. He completed his MD from the University of Virginia in 2006. He then came to the Medical University of South Carolina, where he completed his general psychiatry residency training in 2010. He served as a Chief Resident in his senior year, and was awarded the Dr. Henry P. and M. Page Durkee Laughlin Foundation Award, a peer selected award, in recognition of professional achievement, dedication, and scholarship. Following his residency, he joined the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina as an Assistant Professor, where he is currently employed.

Dr. Beckert has been involved in several areas of interest throughout his medical schooling, residency education, and current faculty appointment. He has been very active in education, supervising both medical students and residents on clinical rotations, teaching medical students in small groups, and serving as the Assistant Program Director for the Psychiatry Residency Training Program. He has been involved in various aspects of clinical work as well, covering adult inpatient services, consult-liaison and emergency services, and adult outpatient services. The settings for his clinical work include the Medical University of South Carolina Institute of Psychiatry, the MUSC Counseling and Psychological Services center, the Charleston-Dorchester County Community Mental Health Center, the National Crime Victims center, and the Colleton Medical Center. Exposure and involvement in this unique mix of settings helps Dr. Beckert play an active role in inter-agency cooperation and gain experience in a variety of roles. This mix also allows him to provide excellent clinical care to a wide variety of patients, ranging from students affected with mental illness to clients in the local community who are severely and persistently mentally ill.

Dr. Beckert is also an active member of the American Psychiatric Association. He joined this organization as a member when he was a medical student, maintaining membership through residency and into his early career professional development, and participating in the local Low Country South Carolina chapter. He was recently elected to serve as the South Carolina representative to the national Assembly of the APA, starting in 2012, for a two year term. He is also a member of the Disasters and Terrorism Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, and has helped organize and co-author several chapters in “Disaster Psychiatry: Readiness, Evaluation, and Treatment”, published in 2011. Currently, he is working on a project to turn parts of this publication into an online training that will be sponsored by the APA. He has presented posters and workshops at various national conferences and meetings throughout his experience as a medical student, resident, and early career psychiatrist.

Edward M. Kantor, MD, DFAPA
Dr. Ed Kantor is an Associate Professor and the Residency Director for Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina and a Distinguished Fellow in the APA.  He also serves as the Interim Co-Director for the combined training program in Medicine and Psychiatry.   He is board certified in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine through the ABPN and holds interprofessional certification in Traumatic Stress and Emergency Crisis Response through the AAETS.   Dr. Kantor completed his premedical training at the University of Pennsylvania, and returned to medical school at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia (now Drexel University) in 1991 after working 8 years as a Physician Assistant  (PA-C) in Crisis and Emergency Psychiatry.  He currently serves as the Chair for Disaster Psychiatry for the South Carolina Psychiatric Society and is a member of the GAP Committee on “Disasters and the World,” where he was a co-author of the book Disaster Psychiatry, Readiness, Evaluation and Treatment (APPI 2012) and Hidden Impact, what to know before the next disaster. (2010).   Clinically his work at MUSC is focused in emergency and consult-liaison psychiatry.  He supervises residents in the training clinic and serves as a psychiatric consultant for the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) here at MUSC.   

Dr. Kantor is a recipient of the Bruno Lima Award for Service in Disaster Mental Health by the APA based on his work following 9/11, the serial sniper and the Virginia Tech shootings.  For the last few years he has served as a consultant to the APA Committee on the Dimensions of Disaster.   He was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Educators at the University of Virginia, School of Medicine in 2006.

Dr. Kantor also served as the Disaster Chair for the Psychiatric Society of Virginia from 2002 to 2008 and was appointed to the Governor of Virginia’s Terrorism and Disaster Behavioral Health Advisory Council and represented psychiatry on the Secure Virginia Initiative after 9/11.  These committees advised the administration on Mental Health services, education and policy related to disaster response.  In 2005 he was selected to serve to serve on the Access Task Force on the Commission for Mental Health Law Reform of the Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court.   He was awarded a HHS demonstration grant, building a volunteer disaster medical response program, which became the first student led Medical Reserve Corps in 2003.   He served on the project’s National Disaster Mental Health task force, which helped define the mental health training and response for the project and co-authored a Medical Reserve Corps version of “Psychological First Aid”, in collaboration with the NCTSN and NCPTSD.

Before coming to Charleston, was the Residency Director at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, where he was active clinically and administratively in community mental health, disaster and emergency response.  There he was the first medical director of a joint university-community Crisis Stabilization program, and a helped to found the regional police mental health training collaborative.  Clinically, he served as the Director of Consult-Liaison, Emergency and Community Psychiatry division from 2003 to 2008 and held faculty appointments in psychiatry and emergency medicine.   Beginning in 2001 he held a three-year appointment as the Governor’s Faculty Fellow in Public and Community Psychiatry, jointly sponsored by the Office of the Governor and the Inspector General for Mental Health in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  

Prior to medical school, as an Instructor in Community Medicine at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, he developed and coordinated the Emergency Medicine Course and the Psychiatry Rotation for Physician Assistant Students.  He was the first Psychiatric Physician Assistant at Montgomery County Emergency Services, a model Crisis Psychiatric Emergency Service program in Norristown, PA and served as a Medical Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve from 1985 to 1997.
At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:
1.  Describe the major changes made to DSM 5.
2.  Discuss the external factors that will affect practical integration.
3.  Access easily available DSM learning resources.
4.  Indicate the national timelines for integration that affect the various department missions
     including training, clinical care and research

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