Busy start to 2019!

Jun 17, 2019

Dear colleagues,

AADPRT has been off to a busy start for 2019!

We have launched a new task force to address Work Force issues in psychiatry. The United States needs to produce more psychiatrists if we are to meet the projected workforce deficits. This Task Force will provide AADPRT with a forum to study the obstacles to increasing the psychiatrist workforce and the feasibility of potential strategies and solutions. The Task Force will reach out to and explore partnerships with other organizations, such as the APA, AAP, ADMSEP, AACDP, ACGME, and ABPN, as well as with mental health policy institutes.

The new task force is being chaired by Art Walaszek and co-chaired by Rashi Aggarwal. Under their leadership the group will consider the long-term mental health needs of the population and what psychiatric expertise will be needed, given demographic trends, changes in technology, and anticipated changes in models of care. This begins with general psychiatry but certainly includes fellowship training slots as well. They will work to understand the obstacles to expansion of psychiatry residency slots and to disseminate best practices regarding expansion. Some solutions will go beyond simple expansion of psychiatry training slots, because we also suffer from significant disparities of psychiatrists nationwide. We need to think about how we prepare and incentivize residency graduates to practice in the geographic regions and socioeconomic environments where they are most needed. Watch for a joint AAP/AADPRT workshop at the AAP meeting in September on these workforce issues.

Many thanks to all of you who completed our survey on Clinical Experiences Requirements. I was delighted that the Residency Review Committee invited us to give our input and guidance before they begin their review of these requirements. Our work group (Jackie Hobbs, Wanjiku Njoroge, Amber Frank, Will Newman, Ann Ratzliff and I) is excited to dig into the data and the comments! We plan to complete our report summarizing the survey this summer.

At the recent APA meeting in San Francisco, Sandra DeJong and Donna Sudak led a terrific joint APA/AADPRT Presidential Symposium on “Creating a Culture of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Clinical Learning Environment (CLER)”. The presentations included the results of the recent survey by the new Diversity and Inclusion Committee chaired by Adrienne Adams.

The Recruitment Committee, chaired by Jessica Kovach, has been working with colleagues at ADMSEP and AAP to develop resources for medical students who are applying to psychiatry. The Roadmap to Psychiatry Residency Project is nearing completion – I have seen a ‘sneak preview’ and it is terrific. Watch the listserv this summer for an announcement when it becomes available online.

The Information Management Committee, revitalized under the leadership of John Luo and Ann Cunningham, is upgrading the website content and exploring opportunities for AADPRT to develop a social media presence.

As you can see, there is a great deal of activity among our committees which also include Curriculum, Development, Membership, Psychotherapy and more. Please reach out to any committee chairs if you’d like to become involved, or contact me to discuss your interests. https://www.aadprt.org/about-aadprt/pathways-involvement

Best, Adam