Gary Weinstein, M.D.
Credit: David Hathcox
After serving in elected office in the APA for almost 30 years, the last 20
in the Assembly, I have developed great respect for our membership in every
locale and the staff on whom we depend so much. Caring, intelligence, and
diversity of talent are the hallmarks of our colleagues and staff. As APA
President Dr. Alan Schatzberg stated at APA's 2009 annual meeting in May,"
We have reason to take great pride in what only we can do"
(Psychiatric News, June 19). Individually, we help patients on a
daily basis while we struggle to meet the increasing demands of practice. The
best way we can influence systems of practice, however, is on a collective
basis; together we have made great strides, but have much work yet to
The remarkable efforts of those in the APA Assembly as agents of
communication and change are often unrecognized, but we have done our best to
represent our entire membership locally and nationally.
As Speaker, I have established the following three new work groups to
improve communication, leadership, and district branch effectiveness along
with my work in leading and coordinating other Assembly business.
We also are energizing our Assembly Committee on Public and Community
Psychiatry, chaired by Dr. Larry Miller. The focus will be on public needs
both locally and system wide.
The Assembly also serves to represent our various allied psychiatric
organizations and the minority and underrepresented groups, which have a
strong voice in our deliberations.
The Assembly has also developed a Remodeling Work Group, chaired by Dr.
Clarence Chou, whose task is to analyze the current Assembly structure and
look at reorganization for operational and cost efficiency.
With health care reform looming, we will work closely with the Board of
Trustees and our AMA delegation to establish positions that best serve our
membership and patients. We need your input and participation at this critical
juncture. I urge you to communicate your thoughts and suggestions to your
Assembly representatives as well as to me at
Our future depends on our collective efforts! ▪