Presidents Message:

CreelmanHello fellow members of the American Association of Psychiatric Administrators and our recent 29 new resident and medical school members. As your recently elected President (Atlanta 2016 APA), I believe this upcoming year will be one of new challenges and excitement for the organization.

Our organization is about psychiatric leadership and taking on new roles that will advance the field of behavioral care for our patients. From conducting psychotherapy, prescribing psycho-tropics and supporting our vulnerable population, our task is to advocate on behalf of our patients regarding better coverage, parity of benefits and opening doors to rehabilitation for our patients.

The majority of our membership cares for patients in the public sector. Our membership excel in teaching others about leadership, delivering award lectures, and publishing relevant articles in our Journal – The Journal of Psychiatric Administration and Management, very ably edited by Sy Saeed, MD. We have a long history of conducting symposia and workshops at both the APA and IPS annual meetings.

At the IPS meeting in Washington, DC (October 6-9, 2016), we plan on:

  • Having an informal get-together at a nearby restaurant for networking purposes. We have chosen Local 16 as our venue. We will be sponsored by the University of Pittsburg Medical Center and the Carolinas Health System. The tentative plan is to begin at 5:30 pm and end at 8:00 pm. This will be a complimentary event for all members of AAPA attending the IPS.
  • Inviting local psychiatric leaders to address our group. If any of the membership have personal contacts with psychiatric administrative leaders in the Washington, DC area, please get their names to our Executive Director and we will make the calls.
  • Providing our cell phone numbers for mentoring younger members will be a service that we start at the IPS to answer any questions that our younger membership may be struggling with such as the need or importance of obtaining advance business or management degrees for upward movement in careers.
  • Meeting our members from other countries to learn about the global arena of psychiatric challenges that our membership faces.
  • Conversing about our goals and course correcting our direction to be current with 2016 issues and legislative opportunities, especially in the field of parity of insurance benefits.
  • Encouraging articles for our Journal to educate the public about our mission, as well as to groom a new assistant editor to join Dr. Saeed in the great work he is doing with our Journal of Psychiatric Administration and Management.

So, I look forward to hearing about your ideas and input to advance our organization and encourage your active participation. We have just added a resident member to our Executive council. Visit our website often.

Wayne L. Creelman, MD, MBA, LDFAPA

McCabe Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida
Division Chief of Community Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida

AAPA Membership Luncheon, May 2015, Toronto, Canada Altha J. Stewart, M.D. Lecturer
From L-R: Julian Beezhold, Victor Buwalda, Altha Stewart, Thomas Newmark, Geetha Jayaram

May 2016 Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia