President's Message

Timothy Soundy, MD

I would like to start by thanking Jed Magen for his service as President this past year and for all he has done to advance our organization’s mission to have a larger impact in the field of psychiatry.

This is an exciting time to be in academic psychiatry.  Increasing numbers of medical students are choosing a career in psychiatry, making it more competitive to obtain a residency position than at anytime during my tenure as a chair.  This larger applicant pool is welcome at a time when we are seeing an increasing need for psychiatric services.  The challenge for us in academic psychiatry is to be able to meet this need by training more psychiatrists.  This will entail advocating for more residency slots and ensuring that our departments have the resources to well prepare their trainees.

The AACDP welcomes your involvement in our organization, which was created to help chairs provide academic based clinical care, research and education.  The collegial meetings provide an opportunity to network with other chairs, share information, and develop leadership skills.

The fall meeting was in Boston on September 6th and 7th. Jeffrey Geller, President Elect of the American Psychiatric Association, addressed the group and answered questions. Gary Cottlieb presented “The Current State of Health Care and Impact on Behavioral Health”.   There also was an interactive panel discussion on “The Relationship Between Chair and Dean”.  The committees on Education, Research, Advocacy, Clinical Enterprise and Programs met as well as the Executive Committee.  Greg Dalack presented a lecture as the recipient of the Leadership Award.

Your involvement in AACDP is welcome and encouraged.  If you would like to join or wish further information about current committee openings please contact Frances Bell, our Executive Director.

The fall meeting will be at the APA Headquarters in Washington, DC on September 25th with an advocacy day on the Capitol Hill taking place the day before on September 24th arranged for us by the APA staff.   Thank you for this opportunity to work with you during the coming year.

Timothy J Soundy MD

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