APA members the world over will gather May 16 to 21 for the annual meeting
in San Francisco, the City by the Bay known for its Mediterranean-like
temperatures, ubiquity in song, and multicultural offerings.
Exactly what is so attractive about San Francisco that it draws tens of
thousands of tourists each year and is one of the country's most popular
"What's not to like about San Francisco?" asked Josepha Cheong,
M.D., of Gainesville, Fla., chair of APA's Scientific Program Committee for
the annual meeting and a former resident of San Francisco for 20 years.
Thinking about attending APA's May 16-21 annual meeting in San
Francisco? As returning members already know (and newcomers will soon
discover), the things to do and places to go are as captivating as the"
City by the Bay's" skyline.
Credit: SFCVB photo by Phil Coblentz
Among the city's many plusses, Cheong noted, are "the weather, the
great vistas, the history, the shopping, the vibrant arts and performance
culture, and all of the different walking neighborhoods and
Indeed, there are Golden Gate Park, Union Square, Nob Hill, Telegraph Hill,
Russian Hill, Castro District, Haight-Ashbury, Chinatown, the Italian enclave
of North Beach, Fisherman's Wharf, and Pier 39, to name a few.
"Best of all [is] the variety of restaurants and culinary
options," said Cheong.
Yes, the city will offer exciting attractions, but the real star of the
show is APA's scientific program.
The theme of this year's meeting is "Shaping Our Future: Science and
Service." It was chosen by APA President Nada Stotland, M.D., M.P.H.,
who has dedicated her professional life to applying the scientific principles
of psychiatry in service to individuals, communities, and the public's health
In keeping with this theme, both science and service will be reflected
throughout the meeting's six days through interactive forums, lectures,
courses, workshops, and symposia. Most are focused on the latest basic and
applied research in psychiatry, while others explore topics that relate to the
practice of psychiatry such as practice-management issues, health care
economics, health information technology, psychiatry and the law, industry
relationships, and ethics.
A featured attraction that's new to the meeting is the "Clinical
Knowledge and Skills Series." It consists of three daylong courses
chaired by master educators; the topics are cognitive-behavioral therapy,
psychodynamic psychotherapy, and neuropsychiatry (Psychiatric News,
Meanwhile, psychiatrists preparing to take Part 1 of the ABPN board
certification exam might be interested in registering for the May 16 ABPN
board review course. That includes PGY-4 residents, who for the first time
this year can sit for the test before their training has been completed. James
Bourgeois, M.D., co-editor of the APPI Board Prep and Review Guide for
Psychiatry, will lead the course. This course will be held Saturday, May
16, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; course registration is required.
Check out the lecture by Dean Ornish, M.D., best-selling author of Eat
More, Weigh Less, and other books, and founder and president of the
nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, Calif. Ornish,
a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San
Francisco, will explore the impact of depression on cardiac health and vice
The same day, past APA President Carolyn Robinowitz, M.D., will chair a
symposium on depression and heart disease titled "Matters of the
Meanwhile, San Francisco—or at least two aspects of it—will be
the topics of two of the seven Presidential Symposia. Addictions specialists
Mark Gold, M.D., and David Smith, M.D., will present "Grand-kids of the
1967 Flower Children: Lessons From Haight-Ashbury." Mel Blaustein, M.D.,
will lead the session "Suicide and the Golden Gate Bridge."
Blaustein also will introduce the showing of the documentary film"
The Bridge." Eric Steel, the film's director, relates the stories
of six individuals who during one recent year made use of the bridge to end
"The public is ambivalent about suicide, but suicide is very
impulsive, and because it's impulsive, it's preventable and treatable,"
Steel said in a San Francisco Chronicle article that ran shortly
before the film's April 30, 2006, West Coast premiere.
Here are other meeting highlights: