WPS Newsletter Fall 2012 : Page 1

fAll 2012 THE PRESiDEnT’S CoLuMn B y A vrAm m Ack , mD, P resiDent • The dearth of inpatient and partial child and adolescent psychiatric beds • Measures that make psychiatrists avoid engaging with insurance carriers • A lack of interest in the patient safety movement among psychiatrists VA, the military, and the niH) with different regulations as to practice. The fact that i never professionally interact with 2 good buddies from my residency in Boston (not so long ago, but it did begin in the last millennium) highlights this: one is works with mothers and children in a program outside of the downtown and the other directs a local municipality’s public mental health system. My view is that we lack a cohesion and that impedes our ability to work together, collab-oratively care for patients, advocate, or learn together. How can we create a common culture? And it is important that we do so. i have been involved in many different APA district branches and served on the APA Board and if there is one thing i have consistently advocated it has been the prevention of a disparate voice of our profession. i’ve held several roles where i worked to ensure that several organizations came together to advocate for one position, such as the joint AMA-APA opposition to managed care carveouts in 2000. At this time we the psychiatrists of the Washington region need to think as a group and to enhance our common culture. We work in a special niche that has special challenges and, while leadership and focused analyses and board actions are needed, we also need to build our own community so that we can be stronger in our work for patients and in our common advocacy. So, we have work to do this year and in the coming years, but let’s also make sure we take advantage of our opportunities to meet, share, and build our community. See you soon! WPS Officers and Directors President Avram Mack, MD President-Elect Gary Soverow, MD, DLFAPA Secretary Shira Rubenstein, MD, DLFAPA Treasurer Carol Trippitelli, MD Immediate Past-President Robert W. Keisling, MD, DLFAPA Executive Director Patricia H. Troy, M.Ed, CAE The first thing I want to say as your new president is that WPS will be holding a reception at the Canadian Embassy downtown on Saturday no-vember 10th (date night downtown). And, we will be holding a special, fun, interesting event (with CME!) in the Spring (details coming). i think both are going to be popular, enjoyed, and rich evenings and i look forward to enjoying them with you. Furthermore, we will be holding a significant CME event on September 29th with 3 top leaders of our profession who are also local (see [website]) now i realize that you might want to contact us over at WPS Headquarters and question why i would focus on these 3 events as the first lines of my first column as president. After all, shouldn’t Avram Mack be focusing on several different developments such as: • The Affordable Care Act’s imple-mentation in the metropolitan region, including the building of Accountable Care organizations • Attempts to alter the scope of practice of non-physicians • Areas of the community with little to no access to psychiatrists • Relentless populations of men-tally ill individuals who are homeless or incarcerated I am not being flippant, however, when i say that while all of those are important issues that we have to tackle, i still look forward to our events. Why? i don’t think it’s that i’m lazy or a hedonist. Rather, i am convinced that WPS’ progress in anything depends on fostering a community of psychiatry locally, and i am hoping that these events will facilitate our doing so—but now the reality is: we’ll need a lot more than just a party to forge an improve-ment in our bonds. But we need to do this, to correct where we are now. What’s wrong is that we tend to work in isolation from each other. of roughly 2000 psychiatrists in Alexandria, the District of Columbia, and in Prince George’s, Montgomery, Arlington, and Fairfax counties, fewer than half are members of WPS, which is less than the national average. We are a geographically-small area that is dense in some places. And we work among both suburban and urban populations that are exquisitely diverse, ranging from diplomats to immigrants to those who work in Federal agency office complexes to those who serve in the military and the variations are many. Some of us treat managing partners of national law firms, and some treat those with no resources. We have few inpatient beds, although no one knows how many a city actually ought to have. And this is despite the fact that we have five residency programs in the area (in -cluding the Walter Reed/national naval Medical Center) and four top medical schools. on top of this, we work in 3 different jurisdictions (not to mention the separate “jurisdictions” that are the InSIDE thIS ISSuE: page 1 President’s Message page 2 Embassy of Canada page 5 CME Salons/Save the Dates page 7 Classifieds page 8 Chaper Updates page 9 Obituaries page 12 Calendar T 202.595.9498 • F 410.544.4640 • www.dcpsych.org

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