- APA President Maria Oquendo witnessed President Barack Obama signing the 21st Century Cures Act into law on December 13. The far-reaching legislation includes a number of provisions designed to reform and improve the nation’s mental health care system. For more information on what the 21st Century Cures Act does for psychiatry and our patients, read Dr. Oquendo’s blog on the subject.
- Voting for APA Elections begins on January 3 and ends January 31. APA’s Elections page hosts videos where candidates for President-Elect and Secretary discuss their positions on issues important to APA and psychiatry. The page also provides information about the APA Elections, including the entire slate of candidates, key dates, voting information and results from previous elections.
Mark Your Calendar
- APA Elections voting window (January 3 – 31)
- National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (February 23 – March 1)
January Course of the Month
Each month, members have access to an online course on a trending topic. The January course is Evaluating and Managing Agitated Patients, taught by Rachel Glick, M.D., University of Michigan. This presentation reviews evolving approaches to managing agitated patients and offers suggestions to help not only psychiatric residents and trainees, but also seasoned emergency department and psychiatric emergency services staff to manage difficult patient populations. Access the course here.
Applications for APA/APA Fellowships Due January 31!
APA/APAF Fellowships are designed to help residents, fellows and early career psychiatrists explore interests and develop their leadership skills. APA/APAF Fellowships can be completed during your regular residency training program. The APA is now accepting applications for each of its eight fellowships, including research, leadership, child and adolescent, and substance abuse. Applications must be submitted by January 31. Link: https://psychiatry.org/residents-medical-students/residents/fellowships
Registration Now Open for the 2017 APA Annual Meeting
Join us at the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Diego from May 20-24. APA’s Annual Meeting is the premier psychiatry event of the year. With over 450 educational sessions and courses, there is no better event to help you expand your knowledge, network and meet certification and licensure requirements. Members receive a steep discount on registration. Link: http://psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/meetings/annual-meeting
Call for Abstracts for 2017 IPS
The scientific program committee is now accepting submissions for consideration for the 2017 IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference to be held October 19-22, 2017, in New Orleans. The theme for this meeting will be “Optimizing Access & Effective Care.” Abstracts may be submitted at http://apapsy.ch/2017-ips-submissions. The submission site closes on January 10, 2017, at 11:59 pm ET. All submissions must be complete at that time, including disclosures for all presenters and co-presenters. Because of space limitations, we are asking that all submissions (even long-standing recurring sessions) be submitted through the abstract submission site. If you have questions please contact the Office of Scientific Programs via email@example.com.
Submit Proposals for WPA World Congress in Berlin, Germany
The World Psychiatric Association (WPA) XVII World Congress of Psychiatry (WCP) is scheduled to take place October 8-12, 2017, in Messe Berlin, Germany. The WCP 2017 Scientific Committee invites groups and individuals to submit proposals for a variety of sessions, including Regular Symposia, Zonal Symposia, Section Symposia, Workshops and Oral and Poster Presentations. Please note that all congress participants are obliged to pay the congress fee, including chairpersons, speakers and ePoster/poster presenters. The deadline for Regular, Zonal and Section Symposia and Workshops is January 16, 2017. The deadline for Oral and Poster/ePoster Presentations is March 27, 2017.
Get ready for MINDGAMES!
MINDGAMES, the APA’s national residency team competition, is a fun way for residents to test their knowledge on patient care, medical knowledge and psychiatric history while earning bragging rights for their program. Registration for the preliminary qualification exam will open in January and take place in February. The top three teams will advance to the national MINDGAMES final competition, at the APA Annual Meeting! Stay tuned for further rules and dates. Visit MindGames for more information.