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APA Election 2011
Candidates for Secretary: Sidney H. Weissman, M.D.
Psychiatric News
Volume 45 Number 23 page 19-19
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Sidney H. Weissman, M.D. 

Private Practice of Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis ♦ Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Northwestern University ♦ Past President, Illinois Psychiatric Society ♦ Former Trustee of APA ♦ Former Representative to APA Assembly ♦ Past President, American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training ♦ Past Chair, APA Scientific Program Committees

In the second decade of the 21st century, psychiatry will confront numerous challenges and opportunities. To ensure that quality clinical practice is maintained, psychiatric education is enhanced, research is maintained and expanded, and the public support of psychiatric services is maintained and enhanced, psychiatry needs a strong, focused APA. The strength of APA comes from its members and the ability of its leaders to develop policies and actions to address these challenges and work with the APA members and its district branches to accomplish its goals.

Each challenge has a number of specific goals to which APA must devote its resources:

Clinical Practice

Psychiatric Education

Psychiatric Research

Psychiatric Services

Functions of APA Secretary

The secretary of APA has three critical functions. First, the secretary serves as a voting member of the Board of Trustees. Second, the secretary serves on the Board Executive Committee. In these roles, the secretary works with others to develop and implement APA policy. Having served on the Board of Trustees for six years, I have the qualifications to address and shape with our colleagues the responses to the critical issues that confront American psychiatry.

The APA secretary has an additional responsibility. The secretary serves as chair of the APA Conflict of Interest Committee. This committee was created by a Board action in 2010 which developed policies and procedures to be developed and followed in all APA organizational relationships. I had the honor and privilege to serve as chair of the Board committee that developed these policies and procedures, which are now referred to by many as the APA Code of Conduct.

Today I am a psychiatrist in private practice who worked for 40 years in academic psychiatry reaching the rank of professor at two medical schools. I have served as president of psychiatric associations and on the Board of Trustees of a teaching hospital. Voting for me will ensure that we continue to strongly address the issues that are vital to psychiatry.

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Professional Activities

60%—Private practice of psychiatry

20%—Consultations to varied mental health groups

20%—Academic activities

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Income

95%—Private practice

5%—Consultations

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Sidney H. Weissman, M.D. 

Private Practice of Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis ♦ Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Northwestern University ♦ Past President, Illinois Psychiatric Society ♦ Former Trustee of APA ♦ Former Representative to APA Assembly ♦ Past President, American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training ♦ Past Chair, APA Scientific Program Committees

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