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The Iowa Psychiatric Society is an association of physicians dedicated to promoting excellence in psychiatric care.

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I represented Iowa Psychiatric Society at the APA assembly the weekend of Nov 7 -9, 2014 in Washington D.C. This was my first Assembly as the Iowa Representative, and therefore my first November Assembly. We had a busy schedule but it was less harried than the May meetings and I found that I had the opportunity to talk with members in leadership positions as well as representative
from mid-western states who face issues similar to our own.

In 2009 the Assembly was reorganized, decreasing its numbers in response to $ problems. The Assembly will revert to the old number of members in 2015 unless there is a new structure proposed. Leadership assures us that there is almost no chance that the old structure will be assumed. It is important to small states like Iowa that we have adequate representation under whatever new structure emerges. Heads up folks, this is a big deal for us and it should motivate you to vote and give you a measuring tool for whom to vote for.


TUESDAY NOVEMBER ELEVENTH MAY HAVE COME AND GONE BUT YOUR VOTING RESPONSIBILITIES ARE NOT OVER. When your APA ballot is available on line look at the candidates. If you are elligble to join a caucus join one. Very few people vote and so your vote is important. The leadership of the Assembly sets the agenda, I can represent Iowa, but that is a small voice compared to the power that the leadership has to shape our profession for the future. Vote along geographic lines, or vote for your fellow caucus member. If you are a resident vote for our area iv RFM deputy rep Sarit Hovav, who has some innovative ideas for the future. I would be happy to tell you my impressions of the candidates, I was able to talk with most of them, albeit briefly.


Happy New Year Everyone

Laura Van Cleve, DO


February 4, 2015
Noon - 4:00 pm 
 IPS Spring Meeting
Pain Management & Integrated Care
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Hilton Garden Inn
Johnston, IA


John (J.R.) Randolph Gambill Jr, 96, a long time Iowa Psychiatric Society member, passed away on December 16, 2014, after a brief illness.


 He received his BA in English at Bridgewater College in 1940. Dr. Gambill received his bachelor's degree in theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, his M.D. from the University of Louisville and his L.L.B. from Chicago's Blackstone School of Law.


 Dr. Gambill was certified by the American Board of Psychiatry, and worked in hospitals and clinics in the New England and Midwest areas. He held positions such as superintendent of the Mental Health Institute in Clarinda, and was a staff psychiatrist at the VA hospital from 1976 to 1996 when he retired. He has served as the chief of psychiatry at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, president of the Iowa Medical Society, president of the Iowa Psychiatric Society, and in January 1993 was named a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Gambill was a faithful member of Rotary and attended 5 International Rotary Conventions.


He is survived by his second wife of 21 years, Lois, daughters Martha Gambill Neely (John) of Des Moines, Sarah Gambill Tipton (Bruce) of Carlsbad, CA, son Paul Gambill (Carri) of Colorado Springs, CO, granddaughter Bethany Tipton, brother Kenton Gambill of Strasburg, VA, step daughters Sue Ingels, Jan Hopper (Don), Pam Humphrey (Redmond), Polly Haffner (Scott), and 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.


He lived his life with humility, honesty, kindness, gentleness, compassion, and integrity. He was a soft spoken, humble, and caring man of great intellect. He will be greatly missed.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Rotary International Foundation.


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