Darrell Kirch, M.D., president of the Association of American Medical
Colleges, talks to APA Trustees about physician workforce issues, skyrocketing
financial burdens medical students confront, financial support for teaching
hospitals, and diversity concerns.
Credit: Jack Douthitt
Jack Barchas, M.D. (left), president of American Psychiatric Institute
for Research and Education, and Darrel Regier, M.D., its executive director,
update the Board on a five-year NIMH grant to review the research base for
DSM-V, which is scheduled for publication in 2012. Barchas is holding
three books describing the proceedings of research conferences held as part of
Credit: Jack Douthitt
The APA Board of Trustees spent its most recent meeting in Arlington, Va.,
looking to the future as well as dealing with the day-to-day concerns of the
organization and its members.
President-elect Nada Stotland, M.D., proposed the formation of three work
groups, all of which were approved by the Board. They are expected to present
their reports at the Board's October meeting.
In an effort to better prepare psychiatrists to respond to patients"
in a changing legal and regulatory environment" in which
nonpsychiatrists are trying to expand their scope of practice beyond their
training, one work group was tasked with "reinforc[ing] the unique
education, training, expertise, and skills of psychiatrists" so they can
better help their patients.
A second work group will study and make recommendations about some phases
of APA's relationship with pharmaceutical and medical-device companies. It
will work with Medical Director James H. Scully Jr., M.D., to identify the
categories and amounts of monies APA and its subsidiaries receive from the
pharmaceutical and other industries that offer products or services used in
psychiatry. The work group will also "determine what direct and indirect
financial consequences there would be from discontinuing each category;
indicate how APA could adapt to the attendant change in revenue; and provide
the Board with the elements of a five-year plan to end or diminish
pharmaceutical revenue received by APA."
The third work group will "build upon the 2003 report [written by
former APA president Steven Sharfstein, M.D.] 'a vision for the Mental Health
System' and provide the Board with information about the pros and cons of
major national health care systems, as a basis for.. .formulating an APA
position or policy for which to advocate with the federal administration that
will take office in january 2009."
Among other business before the Board were the following:
Actions taken by the Board at its March meeting will be posted in
the Members Corner of APA's Web site at<www.psych.org>.▪