- Vivian Pender, M.D., won the race for President-Elect during the 2020 APA Election. Dr. Pender’s term as President-Elect will begin at the conclusion of the APA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, when current President-Elect Jeffrey Geller, M.D., begins his one-year term as APA President. You can read more about Dr. Pender’s election and her priorities for her term here, and view the full results of the 2020 APA Election here. Election results become official at the conclusion of the March Board of Trustees meeting.
- A news report in February brought to light that the therapy records of children detained by immigration officials were being used against them in deportation cases by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. APA issued a statement condemning this unethical practice and called on the government to immediately end it. APA’s full statement is available here.
- Course of the Month – Highs and Lows: Clinical Pearls and Lessons Learned in the Outpatient Management of Geriatric Bipolar DisorderThis course reviews guidelines for the treatment of aging patients with bipolar disorder. It will cover several challenging and complicated cases of geriatric bipolar disorder treated in an interdisciplinary outpatient clinic. Among other topics, it will explore the management of traditional mood stabilizers and associated symptoms of subtle toxicity in the context of medical co-morbidity and aging.http://apapsy.ch/mbr-mar20
Featured Course for Members: A Comprehensive Framework for the Office Evaluation of Neurocognitive Disorders
A thorough assessment of neurocognitive disorders requires in-depth knowledge of not only psychiatry but also several aspects of geriatric medicine, neurology, neuroimaging and even medical ethics. During this course, participants will learn a practical six-step approach for the efficient evaluation of patients with cognitive complaints in the office, illustrated by real cases.
What Is APA Doing for You at State and National Levels?
Learn about APA’s advocacy activities in Washington, D.C., and in state capitals to shape policies that advance psychiatry and promote the highest quality of care.
Buprenorphine Prescriber Training
APA offers free and premium training for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) that meet the requirements of the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000. Completion will allow qualified physicians to apply for a waiver to their Drug Enforcement Administration license, and thus to provide office-based treatment of opioid use disorder with buprenorphine. View book-based, online, and in-person training activities, as well as free CME-accredited webinars on MAT offered through APA and our partner organizations, at psychiatry.org/mat.
Call for Applications to Join the 2020–2021 Editorial Board
The American Journal of Psychiatry—Residents’ Journal is now accepting applications from APA Resident-Fellow Members to join the 2020–2021 Editorial Board. Learn more and apply by March 15, 2020.
Hey Alexa! Play My Psychiatric News Brief!
A new episode of Psychiatric News Alert, Pain and Cannabis Use Disorder, is now available on Alexa. The episode is also on the Psychiatric News home page and the journal article page associated with the alert.
Free Risk Management Courses from the American Professional Agency, Inc.
American Professional Agency, Inc., APA’s endorsed medical liability carrier, offers almost a dozen risk management courses with AMA PRA Category Credit™, which are available free to members at www.psychiatry.org/risk.