The 30th Annual Meeting

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ECT Certificate Course
April 17-18, 2021

This virtual course on electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) consists of didactic and practicum experiences, and concludes with an online certification exam.



Annual Meeting
April 24-25, 2021

Traditionally an in-person conference, this year’s event will be held virtually and is set to include plenary presentations by leading experts in the fields of ECT, TMS, and other novel brain stimulation therapies, as well as a poster session for abstract submissions. The call for abstracts is now open. Submit your work today!


Registrants will receive an email with information on how to access the ISEN Virtual Events via Zoom Webinar the Wednesday prior to the event.

Intended Audience

This year's conference is intended for practitioners, mental health professionals, and researchers of ECT and related stimulation techniques. A poster session will allow for the most recent research in ECT and other brain stimulation modalities to be presented. The information presented in this CME offering reflects the opinion of the presenters. As with all science, there may be multiple explanations for the data and multiple reasonable conclusions.


At the conclusion of the conference, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the public health value of electroconvulsive therapy.
  • Review the clinical and scientific application of combining ketamine therapy with brain stimulation therapy.
  • Explain the clinical and scientific application of biomarkers in brain stimulation therapy.

Continuing Education Information

This activity provides continuing education credit for physicians and psychologists. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the collaboration of AffinityCE and ISEN. AffinityCE is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AffinityCE designates this live CME activity for a maximum of 10 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AffinityCE is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AffinityCE maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The instructional level of this activity is intermediate. The cost to participate in this CE activity is included in the activity registration fee.

Nurses and other health professionals can receive a participation certificate that states that this activity provides AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. This may be used for continuing education credit. Please consult your accrediting organization or licensing board for their acceptance of this CE activity.

In order to claim credit, attendees must complete the online event evaluations.

  1. Access the evaluations by visiting: http://isen.cds.pesgce.com/.
  2. Select the activity: ISEN 2021 Annual Meeting
  3. Enter an e-mail address and password to begin setting up your account. Select “I Forgot My Password” if you already have an account, but need to reset your password.
  4. Verify, correct, or add your information.
  5. Proceed and complete the activity evaluation for each session you attended.
  6. Upon completing your evaluations, you can download your CE Certificate. After the deadline, you can return to the site at any time to download a copy of your certificate.
  7. The deadline to complete evaluations is May 25, 2021.


Saturday, April 24, 2021

9:45a ET 10:00a ET Welcome and Opening Remarks
Adriana Hermida, MD
The Public Health Value of ECT
M. Justin Coffey, MD, FAPA, CHCIO [chair]
10:00a ET 10:30a ET ECT During the COVID Pandemic
Daniel F. Maixner, MD
10:30a ET 11:00a ET Decreasing Suicidality in Schizophrenia: ECT Use in a City State
Phern-Chern Tor, MD
11:00a ET 11:30a ET Who Benefits the Most: Towards Accurate Prediction of ECT Outcomes
Linda van Diermen, MD, PhD
11:30a ET 12:00p ET Break
12:00p ET 12:30p ET Barriers to Expanding ECT Services in the US
Samuel T. Wilkinson, MD
12:30p ET 1:00p ET The Public Health Value of ECT Panel Q&A
1:00p ET 1:30p ET Break
Brain Stimulation & Ketamine
Samuel T. Wilkinson, MD [chair]
1:30p ET 2:00p ET Combining ECT & Ketamine to Improve Outcomes
Murat Altinay, MD
2:00p ET 2:30p ET Ketamine & Esketamine for Treatment-Resistant Depression
Manish Jha, MBBS
2:30p ET 3:00p ET Comparative Effectiveness of ECT vs. Ketamine
Samuel T. Wilkinson, MD
3:00p ET 3:15p ET Brain Stimulation and Ketamine Panel Q&A
3:15p ET 3:45p ET Break
3:45p ET 4:45p ET Nurses Panel Q&A and Networking Session
Donna Ecklesdafer, MSN, BSN, RN [chair]
Pre-Recorded Presentations Available On-Demand

ECT and TMS: A Specialty with the Need for Expert Nursing Care Practices
Donna Ecklesdafer, MSN, BSN, RN and Paula Bolton, MS, CNP, ANP-BC

The Integration of ECT Group Programming to Foster Recovery
Teresa Henderson, BSN, RN and Cynthia Piltch, PhD, MPH, LCMT

Nurses Roles in Providing IV Ketamine and Esketamine
Paula Bolton, MS, CNP, ANP-BC and Courtney Miller, BA, RN

viewing of the above on-demand presentations and participation in this associated Zoom meeting is required to claim the 1.5 CME credits available for the Nurses Panel Q&A session
3:45p ET 4:45p ET Trainee Travel Award Networking Session
Adriana Hermida, MD [chair]
2020 awardees, current mentors, and ISEN members who would like to become mentors are welcome to join

Sunday, April 25, 2021

9:45a ET 10:00a ET TBD
10:00a ET 10:30a ET ECT Pulse Amplitude and Medial Temporal Lobe Engagement
Christopher Abbott, MD
10:30a ET 11:00a ET MRI Evidence for Hippocampus's Role in ECT Response
Amber Leaver, PhD
11:00a ET 11:15a ET Break
11:15a ET 11:45p ET Predicted Brain Age: Implications for Cognitive Control and TMS Response in MDD
Katharine Dunlop, PhD
11:45a ET 12:00p ET Neuroimaging & Biomarkers Panel Q&A
12:00p ET 12:30p ET Break
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Irving Reti, MD [chair]
12:30p ET 1:00p ET Accelerated rTMS for Treatment-Resistant Depression
Nolan Williams, MD
1:00p ET 1:30p ET Probing and Rescuing Dysfunctional Circuits in Depression
Connor Liston, MD
1:30p ET 1:45p ET Break
1:45p ET 2:15p ET Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in US Military Veterans
Noah S. Philip, MD
2:15p ET 2:30p ET TMS Panel Q&A
2:30p ET 3:00p ET Break
3:00p ET 4:00p ET Virtual Poster Hall
Pre-Recorded Presentations Available On-Demand

Best Abstract by a Trainee Award 2020
Magnetic Seizure Therapy for the Treatment of Suicidality in Bipolar Depression and Neurophysiological Correlates of Response
Victor M. Tang, MSc, MD

Best Abstract Award 2020
The Benefits and Costs of Changing Treatment Technique in ECT Due to Insufficient Improvement: Columbia University and OPT-ECT Studies
Harold A. Sackeim, PhD and W. Vaughn McCall, MD, MS

Best Abstract by a Trainee Award 2021
Best Abstract by a Trainee Award 2021 | Relapse After Discontinuation of M-ECT During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A 6- month Prospective Cohort Study
Simon Lambrichts, MD

Best Abstract Award 2021
Best Abstract Award 2021 | Acute ECT Outcomes among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Patients: A Retrospective Cohort Study
Fumie Oka, MD

Best Publication, Journal of ECT Award 2019
Electroconvulsive Treatment Utilization for Inpatient Management of Severe Manic Episodes of Bipolar Disorder
Rikin S. Patel, MD, MPH

Best Publication, Journal of ECT Award 2020
Demographics of Patients Receiving Electroconvulsive Therapy Based on State- Mandated Reporting Data
James W. Luccarelli, MD

viewing of at least 4/6 on-demand award presentations and participation in their associated Zoom meeting is required to claim the 1 CME credit available for the Virtual Poster Hall session; other virtual posters do not offer CME credit



Trainee and student registrants must verify their status via an enrollment verification letter. Email such documentation to contact@isen-ect.org.

Registration Fees

ISEN Member Physicians $490 USD
ISEN Member Other Clinicians $490 USD
ISEN Member Nurses $250 USD
ISEN Member Residents/Trainees* $250 USD
ISEN Member Students* $150 USD
ISEN Member Abstract Poster/Oral Presenters** $250 USD

Non-Member Physicians $870 USD
Non-Member Other Clinicians $870 USD
Non-Member Nurses $450 USD
Non-Member Residents/Trainees* $450 USD
Non-Member Students* $250 USD
Non-Member Abstract/Poster Oral Presenters** $450 USD

Annual Meeting:

Registration is now closed. To inquire about late registration for this event, please email meetings@isen-ect.org.

  • Those registered by April 19th will receive email instructions for joining the Zoom Webinar on April 21st.
  • Those registering April 20th - April 23rd at 12pm ET will receive email instructions on April 23rd by 6pm ET.
  • Those registering after 12pm ET on April 23rd will receive email instructions on an individual basis. Don’t delay your access to the Annual Meeting and register by April 19th.

*Requires status verification Program Director letters should be mailed to contact@isen-ect.org.

**Requires acceptance of submitted abstract; one presenter per poster

Refund Policy

A refund of the registration fee, less an $85 processing fee, will be made when an email-written request followed by an email-written confirmation is received prior to April 9, 2021. After this date, refunds cannot be made. Fees will not be refunded for failure to participate. The sponsors of the course reserve the right to cancel or postpone any conference because of unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment. In the event of such cancellations, full tuition will be refunded. ISEN reserves the right to refuse registration, or refund registration fees, to any person whose presence has the potential to be disruptive and/or not consistent with the mission and goals of the organization.

Virtual Events and Digital Materials

These live virtual events will be hosted via Zoom Video Webinar. Registrants will have access to program information, including slide sets received from speakers in advance of the meeting, via a password-protected page on the ISEN website.

Disclosure of Commercial Relationships

In compliance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, all individuals in a position to control/influence the content of this activity are required to disclose relevant financial interests with any commercial interests and/or non-FDA approved use of a drug or a device that is included in the presentation.

Enhancing Communication

If you require assistance with hearing or vision to make this conference accessible to you, please email meetings@isen-ect.org at least three weeks prior to the event date.

Questions? Please email: meetings@isen-ect.org