|Jed Magen DO MS|
The meeting also included a discussion of and support for a significant reorganization of the group. AACDP, as the organization of chairs of psychiatry should be relatively influential in the house of psychiatry. After all, we have entire compliment of psychiatry faculty in our medical schools and the vast majority of residents pass through our departments. Our departments do critical and important psychiatry and behavioral science research. We think that developing much tighter and more explicit relationships with other major psychiatry organizations will pay dividends in influence and better understanding important trends in the profession.
We are developing a series of committees that will liaison with major psychiatry organizations and those whose mission is related to mental health.
1) Education Committee
Tracks and reviews important issues of interest such as funding the educational mission. What are best practices, who has a curriculum that others could use? Are their developing educational trends that need to be brought to member’s attention? Liaison relationships with AADPRT, AAP, ADMSEP and the APA. All of these organizations have, for example, educational resources that might be worth knowing about.
2) Research Liaison Committee
Interfaces with NIH, SAMHSA, NIAAA, NIDA, HRSA and others.; An initial focus might be SAMHSA which has huge amounts clinical practice data they would like to push out into the field.
3) Clinical Enterprise and Finance Committee
Liaison with the psychiatry administrators group and probably be heavily involved in looking at financial issues as related to departments
4) Advocacy Committee
Interface with APA/AADPRT/AAP and others as needed and as conditions suggest themselves. Suggest issues and statements for the organization.
5) Program Committee
Put together the spring and fall programs.
This kind of organization has several advantages. It brings more people into an active role in the organization. It helps people network and develop expertise in specific areas. We need people on these committees who already have some contacts and experience in these areas and people who want to develop expertise and contacts.
The fall and spring meetings will include reports from committees and decision-making on the part of the group around position statements and taking active roles in cooperation with other organizations. It may also promote a more active listserv as committees push out reports/ideas/links to resources.
We are very interested in people who want to be work with AACDP and committees. Should you be interested, please contact Francis, our executive director.
The next AADPRT meeting is with the APA in San Francisco in May. Please consider joining us.
Jed Magen DO MS