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 Your Voice at APA

The American Psychiatric Association’s Assembly convened just prior to the APA’s annual meeting in Toronto on May 15th -17th.  The spring meeting is the busiest and most political of the meetings.  I represented the IPS as your representative, Dr. Bob Smith was the deputy rep this year, Dr. Dave attended as Area IV’s deputy rep and Dr. Francis Sanchez attended as Area IV’s minority representative. 

There has been a great deal of discussion about how to best reorganize the APA to ensure representation that is fair to both densely populated areas and rural areas who have very low numbers of psychiatrists but who must be prepared to tackle difficult political agendas.  The Assembly voted to approve the proposed reorganization, which will change Iowa’s representation by allowing us two representatives and doing away with our deputy representative.  This is an excellent result for us because it will enable us to send two representatives to both the fall and the spring meetings and allow us to be represented in two different reference committees.  It is important to have as many voices as possible on reference committees because just as in most legislative bodies it’s the committees that do the work and make the decisions that guide the body as a whole.

 Two Midwestern (Area IV) states have passed legislation to encourage tele-psychiatry and Iowa and several other states are considering similar legislation.  The APA is very much in support of this as a solution to the ever present access to care crisis that perpetuates the scope of practice battles occurring in states across the US.

On Sunday morning Dr. Lois Margaret Nora, M.D. President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Board of Medical Specialists spoke to the Assembly.  Dr. Nora is a neurologist and so is also boarded by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  She spoke to the controversies of part four of the Maintenance of Certification requirements.  She explained how the ABNP was striving to make this part of MOC more meaningful and flexible for all physicians especially psychiatrists.  She was articulate and intelligent and approachable.  If part four of the MOC still chafes a bit I would encourage you to read her responses to the questions posed to her during the Assembly.

This is my final “Your Voice” column, as I will be moving to Minneapolis in July.  I hope to leave this fledgling tradition as a legacy to my brief time as your APA representative.  I wish you all the very best, Laura Van Cleve



 IPS Fall Conference
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Friday, October 16, 2015
Marriott Hotel
Iowa City, IA




The Iowa Medical Society (IMS) announced the election of new officers and directors during the 165th meeting of the organization in Cedar Rapids May 2-3. Two Iowa Psychiatric Society members were elected to the IMS officers and directors during the 165th meeting of IMS May 2-3, 2015.

Joyce Vista-Wayne, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Mercy Pediatric Neurology and Psychiatry Center was elected to the Executive Committee and Board Chair. Dr. Vista-Wayne also serves as the current president of the Iowa Psychiatric Society.

Douglas Steenblock, MD, DFAPA, Marshalltown, was re-elected to serve a second three-year term on the Board as an at-large director. He is the chief of mental health services at the Iowa Veteran’s Home and the lead psychiatrist for Center Associates in Marshalltown. Dr. Steenblock is a past president of IPS.

Francis Sanchez, MD, DFAPA, Burlington served on IMS Nominating Committee. Dr. Sanchez is currently IPS Membership Chair.



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As of today, the Find A Psychiatrist Database has about 235 psychiatrists since we launched in early April.  The initial goal is 1,000 before it is publicly offered, which is less than 3% of our domestic membership.  The following is being sent to all members but please continue your efforts to raise awareness and obtain opt-ins.  Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at the Annual meeting.

APA announced a new benefit for both members that are accepting new patients and individuals seeking mental health services.  It is a “Find a Psychiatrist” searchable database. We encourage you to opt-in (link will take you to an easy to complete online form).

Before the APA shares this with patients and their families, they want to ensure that enough of their members are willing to participate. Therefore, they will be tracking opt-ins and will deploy the new resource when there is participation throughout the country.  If you have any questions or need help, please contact APA Customer Service at apa@psych.org or 1-888-35-PSYCH or 1-888-357-7924.


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