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Annual Meeting Highlights
 DOI: 10.1176/appi.pn.2013.2b38
What Can Your Association Do for You?
Psychiatric News
Volume 48 Number 4 page 33-33

While you are at APA’s 2013 annual meeting, drop by the Member Center in the Exhibit Hall in the Moscone Convention Center to discover APA products and services that you may have forgotten about or didn’t know were available. Whether you are a psychiatrist in patient care, administration, research, or teaching; a resident; or a medical student, the APA Member Center has valuable information for you.

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DGR advocates for the profession of psychiatry and its patients. The DGR booth will provide information on the latest federal and state legislative and regulatory developments. Handouts will be on site covering important issues facing the field of psychiatry, and APA staff will show members how to contact their congressional representatives and advocate on behalf of their profession. APA members who write to their members of Congress will be included in a raffle for a chance to win a prize.

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There is a variety of educational programs that you can put to work for you.

  • ellowship and leadership opportunities for residents and medical students abound.

  • Find out about resources for maintenance of certification, including APA’s CME journal Focus and the Focus self-assessment exam.

  • Learn how to use the Annual Meeting Online program for CME credit.

  • Learn about APA’s interactive online CME courses—free to members.

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his office is your professional partner throughout your career.

  • Learn the latest information related to the 2013 CPT coding changes and related reimbursement issues.

  • Gain a greater understanding of integrated care, medical homes, and the educational opportunities around these new ways of practicing.

  • Find out more about the changing landscape of the mental health parity law (more at http://www.mentalhealthparitywatch.org).

  • Learn how APA’s Practice Management Help Line can assist you with all kinds of practice concerns—including starting or closing a practice, contracting with insurers, Medicare issues, private-payer issues, appealing claims denials, and much more.

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APA conducts mental health services and policy research and plays a key role in administering diverse research training programs for psychiatrists.

  • Programs include managing the Practice Research Network, clinical and health services research, producing evidence-based practice guidelines, and oversight of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). APA promotes physician education related to new and emerging research, with an emphasis on translation of research into clinical practice.

  • Resources pertaining to quality improvement, performance measurement, addiction psychiatry, clinical practice guidelines, electronic health records, and health information technology from APA’s Department of Quality Improvement and Psychiatric Service (QIPS) will be available.

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APA JobCentral is the career hub for psychiatry.

  • Whether you are a job seeker or an employer, APA’s job board, APA JobCentral, has the recruitment solution for you.

  • As a job seeker, you can browse job postings and search for positions by location, specialty, work setting, or keyword. You can also upload your resume to JobCentral’s resume database and sign up for e-mailed job alerts.

  • As an employer, you can post your open positions, proactively review resumes uploaded by registered job seekers, and brand your company with banner advertisements. For more information, contact Eamon Wood at Ewood@pminy.com or (212) 904-0363.

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APF is a subsidiary of APA that works to advance mental health and wellness and the field of psychiatry. Here’s what you can do when you stop by the APF’s booth.

  • Learn how your foundation is raising awareness that mental illnesses are real and can be effectively treated.

  • Gather the latest news on the foundation’s grants, programs, fellowships, community outreach, research, and awards.

  • Pick up an application for the Helping Hands Grant program, to support mental health programs created and managed by medical students.

  • Support APF’s philanthropy by making a charitable gift.

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Already a member? Then take advantage of the following services. Not a member yet? Now’s the time to join.

  • Update your online APA member profile to make it easier to get in touch with other members.

  • Apply for membership during the annual meeting and find out how you may be eligible for a rebate on your dues.

  • Refer an international colleague for membership and be eligible for free registration to a future APA annual meeting.

  • Discover cost-saving member-only benefits, including financial-planning services, credit cards, malpractice insurance, JobCentral, discounts on auto and home insurance, payment-processing systems, office supplies, magazine subscriptions, shipping services, car rentals, and more. ■

More information on APA membership can be accessed at http://www.psychiatry.org/join-participate.

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