"Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone." Gertrude Stein
This final President’s Blog is my chance to express my thanks to all of you for the opportunity to serve as AADPRT President. The collaborative and generative spirit of our organization allows us to accomplish so much on behalf of our members. AADPRT provides all of us with tools that make our work easier. So many contribute! Here is a partial list of our achievements this year.
Last March, we inaugurated a Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Chaired by Adrienne Adams, this group has started the work of establishing the demographics of our organization, and will be working toward developing model curricula and best practices for recruitment and retention of a more diverse and inclusive workforce. We presented an AADPRT sponsored workshop, organized by Art Walaszek, on Structural Competency at AAP, and will be presenting a Presidential Symposium organized by Sandra DeJong, at the APA, entitled “Creating a Culture of Respect, Diversity and Inclusion in the Clinical Learning Environment”. In several weeks, my President’s Symposium at the Annual Meeting will feature Ruth Shim, MD, MPH, who will lead us all in an experiential workshop in structural competency.
Our Addictions Task Force is going strong, working to develop educational products to help us all be more effective educators in this critical area. Following the lead of the Psychotherapy Committee, we are all now receiving a “Tip of the Month” in addictions. I know many of you benefit from the posts made by the Recruitment committee or have logged on and found a model curriculum for a topic you wanted to teach more effectively. These are but a few examples of the work that our members do to make AADPRT a strong support for training directors.
We worked with CMELL and the Chairs’ group to respond to the proposed ACGME CPR’s earlier in the year. We are planning to work in collaboration with other organizations about wellness and workforce in the coming months.
Finally, planning for the Annual Meeting is almost finished. This year we will be enlarging our Faculty Development offerings. NNCI promises another exciting BRAIN pre-meeting, and we will have the chance to honor our awardees. Mike Travis has done a spectacular job.
As President for this past year, my work has been made so much easier because of the talents and generosity of the Steering Committee and Executive Council. Adam Brenner, who ably takes the helm, will be the next beneficiary of their wisdom. We’ve had a number of leadership transitions on the Executive Council, bringing new members and new perspectives to the group. Chandlee Dickey, Lisa Cullins, and Judy Lewis stepped off of EC, and Kim-Lan Czelusta, Saurav Sengupta, and Joy Houston joined. At the end of the annual meeting, when the president transition occurs, others will rotate on and off the leadership team. We work to make certain that there is a regular turnover on EC to make certain there are different perspectives and a pipeline for new organizational leadership. Our committees and caucuses provide us with future officers and committee chairs.
Finally, Sara Stramel-Brewer has continued to be an amazing partner in our work. She has been efficient, good-humored, hardworking and patient, and we are so fortunate to have her on our team!
Thanks to everyone who answered email, phone messages, surveys ad nauseam, who contributed in ways great and small, who volunteered service and good humor to this enterprise. We have an exciting year ahead!
“Gratitude is the wine for the soul. Go on. Get drunk.” Rumi
The Business Case for Academic Psychiatry
"Without a mission, there is no margin" ...but a well-articulated, convincing mission can be invaluable in inspiring and sustaining the work needed to generate resources in support of academic psychiatry. Have we, as psychiatric educators and academicians, demonstrated the value of the field of academic psychiatry (the common noun, not the journal title) to the stakeholders and partners who support us, and have we been as mindful of our contributions to our margins as well as to our missions?
Review Committee News: Psychiatry
Committee Seeks Nominations for Resident Member
The Review Committee seeks prospective candidates for a resident position that will become available July 01, 2017. The resident member must be currently enrolled in a residency or fellowship program at the time of the appointment. The resident member may not serve more than one year beyond completion of a residency or fellowship program.
After review and consideration of all nominations, the Review Committee will forward its selection to the ACGME Board of Directors for approval at its September 2016 meeting. The new member's term will begin July 01, 2017 and end June 30, 2019.
Additional information is available upon request from Accreditation Administrator Tiffany Hewitt. Nominations will be accepted until July 01, 2016.
APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE FOR AMERICAN BOARD OF PSYCHIATRY AND NEUROLOGY 2017-2018 FACULTY INNOVATION IN EDUCATION AWARDS
May 13, 2016, Buffalo Grove, Illinois --- The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. (ABPN) has posted the application and detailed information about the 2017-2018 Faculty Innovation in Education Awards on its websitewww.abpn.com.
The ABPN Faculty Innovation in Education Award supports the development of innovative education and/or evaluation projects that promote effective residency/fellowship training or lifelong learning of practicing psychiatrists and neurologists. Each year, the selection committee chooses up to two psychiatry and two neurology fellows for the two-year fellowship.
The 2017-2018 application and requested materials are due to the ABPN by August 15, 2016. The awards will be announced by November 15, 2016, with funding to start on January 1, 2017.
More details, including the application, and additional applicant information, are available on the ABPN website.
The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to serving the public interest and the professions of psychiatry and neurology by promoting excellence in practice through certification and maintenance of certification processes.
For additional information, please contact Dorthea Juul, PhD at email@example.com.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has merged AHRQ Patient Safety Network (PSNet) and AHRQ WebM&M (Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web) to provide a one-stop shop for patient safety news, research, and expert commentary. PSNet now combines all the features of and content from both sites, including PSNet weekly updates, WebM&M Cases and Commentaries, Perspectives on Safety, Patient Safety Primers, and more.
The new site is easy to browse on your tablet or mobile device. PSNet provides powerful searching and browsing capability, and users can choose to customize the site around their interests. To learn more, visit psnet.ahrq.gov.
PSNet publishes weekly updates on patient safety literature, news, tools, and meetings. Perspectives on Safety and WebM&M Cases and Commentaries are published monthly. WebM&M Cases feature expert analysis of medical errors reported anonymously by our readers, and continuing education credit is available for Spotlight Cases. The Perspectives on Safety section features expert viewpoints (including podcasts) on current themes in patient safety.
Previous and new WebM&M content can be accessed directly through the WebM&M Cases and Perspectives navigation links from the main menu on the PSNet home page. To read WebM&M cases, visit psnet.ahrq.gov/webmm.
Hope you are enjoying a good summer and getting some relaxation in during this time.
I’m excited to tell you that soon, we will be rolling out our new website. Although our current site has served us well for many years, it is time for an update. The new site will have a cleaner interface that reflects our “modern” use that demands the kind of flexibility that will accommodate both wide screens as well as mobile devices. Along with the new look, it will help us automate many of the tasks that keep Sara very occupied now.
One of those tasks is keeping track of membership. We will be updating our system for keeping track. This will have many benefits, including the ability to personalize your page (and answer the call many have had for a directory that includes pictures), and allow more streamlined systems for membership renewal. This will be a great improvement; however the new system will be so radically different that we will not be able to import the old system. This means that, when it is up and running, when we renew our memberships this year, we will have to create a new profile for ourselves. A bit of a pain, but it is a onetime thing, and again the result will streamline many of the tasks that Sara currently has to do manually.
Speaking of Sara Stramel-Brewer, our Administrative Director will be much occupied helping to upload information and work with the webmasters to finish the site over the next month or so. I know this goes against her grain, but I’ve advised her that she should concentrate on this and become otherwise less available to us. Usually things are not too busy for now, but I’d encourage everyone to hold non-urgent questions and business until this job is done and we announce the roll out of the site. If there is anything I can help with, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly. If you do have to write her, please understand if the reply takes longer than usual.
Thanks all. Again, best wishes for the remainder of the summer and I’m looking forward to when I can announce the opening of the site!
The journal welcomes new submissions describing the impact of economic and social forces on patient care and medical education. Suggested topics for manuscript submissions might include the impact of insurance plans on practice; credentialing, licensure, examinations, and testing; correlation of testing procedures with competency or patient outcomes; quality improvement and outcome measures; essential design features of medical homes and accountable care organizations.