Psychiatry should be practiced by psychiatrists. We owe it to our patients and to our profession to ensure that high quality medical care is delivered.
We cannot be part of a system that perpetuate racism, discrimination and exclusion. We are a diverse group, so are our patients. Systemic racism and the sidelining of underrepresented groups hurts our patients and stifles our ability to serve our communities.
Early Career Psychiatrists and psychiatric trainees should be afforded mentorship and meaningful career advancement opportunities. Psychiatric education and lifelong learning opportunities should be priorities!
Our voices need to be heard louder at every level of our civil society. Mental health remains highly stigmatized, healthcare is inaccessible to many, and psychiatrists’ needs (at a legislative, administrative, institutional and organizational level) remain unmet.
The APA should advocate for its members to streamline and loosen MOC requirements. Maintaining one's board certification should not be prohibitively onerous and expensive.
Social determinants of health for persons with mental illness represent social circumstances that are responsible for shaping health differentials among our patients and are interconnected with the severity of their illness. They are not and should not be conceptualized as the consequences of their illness.
Mental health services are no different than other medical services offered by our colleagues. They shouldn't be treated differently (e.g. prior authorizations) or reimbursed at lower rates. Billing services should be streamlined to ensure adequate and fair psychiatrist renumeration.
The APA should foster strong collaborative relationships with psychiatric subspecialty organizations, local psychiatric organizations caucus groups and other medical organizations in order to maximize our impact and ensure that every voice is heard.
Psychiatrists are the primary practitioners delivering mental health services and should be leading mental health teams at the organizational level.
The APA should establish strong relationships with our community partners (including the legal community and non-profit organizations) to advance the priorities of our workforce and the needs of our patients.
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