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Association News
APA Reflects on Its Past And Looks to Its Future In Philadelphia
Psychiatric News
Volume 37 Number 12 page 7-7
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Outgoing APA President Richard Harding, M.D. (right), passes the gavel to incoming APA President Paul Appelbaum, M.D. Harding stepped down as president at the end of the 2002 annual meeting. (Photos: Ellen Dallager)

Psychiatrists returned to the city of their profession’s birth last month to participate in APA’s 155th annual meeting since its founding in 1844. Aptly greeting meeting attendees at the Opening Session were Benjamin Franklin and his colleague, Benjamin Rush, who was not only a signer of the Declaration of Independence but is also considered the father of American psychiatry. The two old timers, however, did not eclipse a stirring speech by outgoing APA President Richard Harding, M.D., as he urged his fellow psychiatrists to become more involved in organized psychiatry at a time when access to affordable quality patient care is becoming hampered by more and more obstacles (see page 1).

Next year’s annual meeting will be held in San Francisco from May 17 to 22.

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Greeting the audience at the annual meeting’s Opening Session were two of Philadelphia’s outstanding citizens of colonial times, Benjamin Rush and Benjamin Franklin.

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Meeting attendees take a break between scientific sessions at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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A Medem employee explains the services that Medem makes available to all APA members as a member benefit: a free Web site and a HIPAA-compliant physician-patient e-mail system.

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Registration lines were long but moved fast. By the end of the meeting approximately 19,000 people had registered for the meeting.

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A special discount for residents and new hours on Sunday morning helped boost the sales of American Psychiatric Publishing Inc. to a record $445,000. Similar promotions are being planned for next year’s meeting.

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Virtual reality demonstrations were a popular draw in the Exhibits Hall.

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Carol Svoboda of APA’s Office of HIV/AIDS explains the range of materials available on the office’s Web site.

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Outgoing APA President Richard Harding, M.D. (right), passes the gavel to incoming APA President Paul Appelbaum, M.D. Harding stepped down as president at the end of the 2002 annual meeting. (Photos: Ellen Dallager)

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Greeting the audience at the annual meeting’s Opening Session were two of Philadelphia’s outstanding citizens of colonial times, Benjamin Rush and Benjamin Franklin.

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Meeting attendees take a break between scientific sessions at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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A Medem employee explains the services that Medem makes available to all APA members as a member benefit: a free Web site and a HIPAA-compliant physician-patient e-mail system.

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Registration lines were long but moved fast. By the end of the meeting approximately 19,000 people had registered for the meeting.

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A special discount for residents and new hours on Sunday morning helped boost the sales of American Psychiatric Publishing Inc. to a record $445,000. Similar promotions are being planned for next year’s meeting.

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Virtual reality demonstrations were a popular draw in the Exhibits Hall.

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Carol Svoboda of APA’s Office of HIV/AIDS explains the range of materials available on the office’s Web site.

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