Monday, June 26, 2017

According to the American Psychiatric Association a Member-in-Training is:

A Member-in-Training physician has been accepted into a psychiatric residency training program approved by the Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or the American Osteopathic Association and remain enrolled therein.  Residents enrolled in a one‑year primary care training program to be followed by an approved psychiatric residency are eligible for Member‑in‑Training status, as are residents in a combined specialty program. Upon completion of approved psychiatric residency training, Members-in-Training shall be advanced to GeneralMembership, unless they are pursuing advanced psychiatric training. Members-in-Training who have completed an ACGME- or AOA-approved residency training program but have not passed the U.S. License Medical Examination (USLME) may remain in the MIT category for one year. MITs must upgrade to General Membership within one year (upon passing the exam) or will be terminated from membership.

The APA Assembly is an elected body that advises the APA via the Board of Trustees. The U.S. and Canada are divided into seven Areas, and the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association is a District Branch within Area 5. Each Area elects two MITs to serve as your representatives.

We are part of the Assembly Committee of Members-in-Training (ACOM), and our role is to make sure that the MIT voice is heard in the governance of the APA. MITs encompass 12 percent of APA’s membership, and your opinion on various issues facing the organization is important.

Previously, ACOM has worked to:

  • Advocate for a strong position statement by the APA on the management of potential conflicts of interest between psychiatrists and the pharmaceutical industry;
  • Begin to develop a guide for residents new to the United States as they navigate the transition from medical school to residency;
  • Ensure that the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology is aware of our general dissatisfaction with the disproportionately high fee structure for the new Initial Board Certification Exam;
  • Increase the involvement of medical students interested in psychiatry within the APA.

We are working to enhance APA resources for the transition to practice from residency training, expanding mentorship opportunities for residents within the organization, and advocating for our patients and our profession in important legislative issues that arise locally and nationally. We want to hear from you to ensure that we are accurately representing MITs and address issues that are important to you.

Please contact us to let us know how we can best represent your needs, or if you would like information on how to be more involved with the APA.

We want to hear from you!

Area 5 MIT Representative

Nina Kraguljac
PGY-III
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Area 5 MIT Deputy Representative

Molly Ryan
PGY-III
University of Miami-Jackson


 APA/APAF Fellowship opportunities

The 2016 – 2017 recruitment season for APA/APAF Fellowship applications is open. Applications will be accepted through Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, for any of the eight (8) APA/APAF fellowship programs:

  • APA/APAF Leadership – The aim of the APA/APAF Leadership Fellowship is to develop leaders by providing opportunities for residents to engage, interact and participate in organized psychiatry at a national level and further develop their professional leadership skills, networks and psychiatric experience.
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship – The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship is designed to promote interest and a career in child and adolescent psychiatry.
  • Diversity Leadership Fellowship – The Diversity Leadership Fellowship is designed to develop leadership to improve the quality of mental health care for minority groups at risk and underrepresented in psychiatry.
  • Jeanne Spurlock Congressional Fellowship – The aim of the fellowship is to provide an opportunity for a psychiatry resident OR early-career psychiatrist (ECP) with
    significant interest in child and/or minority mental health advocacy to work in a congressional office.
  • Public Psychiatry Fellowship – The aim of the Public Psychiatry Fellowship is to create the next generation of leaders in public psychiatry. This program creates opportunities for residents to engage in several mentorship sessions, conduct public psychiatry program site visits, and interact with thought leaders in the field of public psychiatry.
  • Psychiatric Research Fellowship – The fellowship provides research funding for a resident OR early- career psychiatrist (ECP) to design and conduct a health services/policy-related research study using national data housed at the APA. The fellow’s research activities will be carried out under the supervision and guidance of a mentor at his/her institution in collaboration with his/her mentor(s) at the APA Division of Research.
  • SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program – The goal of the APA SAMHSA Minority Fellowship is to enhance the knowledge and capabilities of racial and ethnic minority psychiatry residents to teach, administer, conduct services research and provide culturally competent, evidence-based mental health services to minorities and underserved populations. Minorities and applicants interested in serving minority and/or underserved populations are encouraged to apply.
  • SAMHSA Substance Abuse Minority Fellowship Program – The goal of the APA SAMHSA Substance Abuse Minority Fellowship is to enhance the knowledge and capabilities of racial and ethnic minority psychiatry residents to teach, administer, conduct services research and provide culturally competent, evidence-based mental health and substance abuse services to minorities and underserved populations. Minorities and applicants interested in serving minority and/or underserved populations are encouraged to apply.

All fellowships are open to resident fellow members and two are open to early career psychiatrists (Psychiatric Research and Jean Spurlock Congressional fellowships).

Learn more at www.psychiatry.org/fellowships.  The deadline to apply is Jan. 30, 2017.