FIG1 Private Practice of General
Psychiatry, Dayton, Ohio, 1971-2003
Inpatient and Outpatient Care in South Carolina's Public Mental Health
Representative, Ohio Psychiatric Association, APA Assembly, 2001-04
Chair, Ohio Psychiatrists Political Action Committee, 1996-2003
Wright State University: Associate Director of Residency Training, 1976-81;
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, 1991-2004
This is a terrific time to be a psychiatrist. We alone work in the center
of the bio-psycho-social arena. Here we teach, conduct research, consult, and
administrate, reaping the rewards of ever better treatment. We also have
challenges. What might we best do for the future?
Let us join the strong forces amassing for universal access to health
care. It can give us "parity" and stronger public health.
Universal access to health care by design will treat us more fairly. The
W.H.O. and the I.O.M. document our value to public health. Let us think beyond
nondiscrimination and work to be emphasized in the new system!
Vigilance is needed to ensure continued support for ever better research
and training. Psychiatrists working in the public sector deserve more
recognition. Their patients must have a more dependable safety net. Private
practice needs to be revitalized. Information technology, electronic medical
records, and telepsychiatry should boom.
It is vital to grow our leverage with government, especially the states.
They, more than the federal level, control so much of what we do and are
easier to influence. We can increase our power dramatically if we
become more tactical and focused.
Going forward, let us ever affirm our core values such as the medical
model, privacy, and the high value of psychotherapy.
Finally, I see us promoting the cause of child conservation as a new
crusade. No one knows more than we how neglect and abuse ravage our youth. If
we can conserve our environment, surely we can conserve our children! Let us
work with APA and others to be in the vanguard of this movement.
Why should you consider voting to place me on the Board of APA? In my view,
it is my facility for getting things done guided by a broad clinical
experience. Here are some highlights of my track record:
If you agree that my "can do" track record and broad clinical
experience will bring valuable insights to the Board, please give me your
vote. Thank you.
100%—Clinical care, Orangeburg Area Mental Health Center
100%—Orangeburg Area Mental Health Center