Psychiatrists who identify with one of APA's recognized minority and
underrepresented groups are urged to join that group's caucus and attend its
meeting at APA's 2009 annual meeting in San Francisco in May (see Minority Caucus Schedule for Annual Meeting). The
minority and underrepresented group caucuses were established to provide a
networking opportunity and foster communication among members who share a
The caucuses also provide a means for bringing their members' concerns to
the APA leadership and making APA members aware of unique issues affecting
particular groups of patients and psychiatrists.
At the yearly caucus meetings, members advocate for minority patient
populations, discuss social and health-related issues, and explore concerns
related to professional growth and advancement for members.
There are caucuses for the following groups: American Indian/Alaska
Native/Native Hawaiians; Asian Americans; Blacks; Hispanics; Lesbians, Gays,
and Bisexuals; International Medical Graduates; and Women.
The APA caucuses are for APA members who identify themselves as a member of
one of APA's minority and underrepresented groups. Members can enroll in only
one of the seven caucuses, but they can change caucus affiliation at any time
if they identify with more than one of the minority and underrepresented
There are three ways to join a caucus. To join online, update your
membership profile at<http://memprofupdate.psych.org>
by checking off the appropriate caucus in question 3F "APA Caucus
Membership" in Section 3—Current Practice and Professional
Activities; to join by e-mail or phone, contact APA's Membership Department by
or by phone at (888) 357-7924. ▪