Welcome to the Senior Psychiatrists!

Senior Psychiatrists, Inc., founded in 2012, is an outgrowth of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) "Lifers." Prior to 2012, the “Lifers were managed by the APA Foundation. Today, the Senior Psychistrists, Inc. is an “Allied Organization” to APA and has representation in the APA Assembly.

Membership in the Senior Psychiatrists, Inc. is open to any member of the American Psychiatric Association who is a Life Member, Life Fellow, or Life Distinguished Fellow. There are approximately 8,000 members of APA who have Life status, and this represents about 20% of the APA membership. The organization is now poised for growth and has put the infrastructure in place to reach out its expanding potential membership base. For more information, see our About Us page.  Register for your free membership today!

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Senior Psychiatrists appreciates donations of any amount and offers special recognition for donations over $100.  As a 501(c)(3) organization, all donations are fully tax deductible. 

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Upcoming events

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Mentoring Program

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Sponsored by PRMS 

In honor of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month this September, PRMS is pleased to donate to the American Foundation for Suicide Preventions (AFSP) and announce the return of Double Donations through our “Refer a Colleague” program!

For every referral PRMS receives, we provide a $50 donation to a state psychiatric association, NAMI, or a national or regional specialty psychiatric association of the referrer’s choice – whether or not an insurance policy is purchased. All donations provided by PRMS are doubled to $100 through September 30, 2021! Please check out our blog and visit PRMS.com/Refer to learn more about the program and start earning donations for your organization today.

2020 Berson Award Recipient

Congratulations to Aaron T. Beck, MD (pictured right) is the recipient of the 2020 Berson Award.

The Berson Senior Psychiatrist Award acknowledges a senior member who has made a significant contribution to psychiatry. The award was made possible by a grant from the estate of Harold E. Person, M.D.

The award is presented by the American Psychiatric Association.

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September Fact vs. Fiction Resource

If a patient is non-adherent to your treatment plan (e.g., does not take medications as prescribed, does not keep regular appointments, fails to obtain necessary labs, etc.) and this then results in care that does not meet the standard of care, you should still continue to treat them to the extent they will allow. Even if you are not meeting the standard of care, it is better than the patient not receiving treatment.

What do you think - fact or fiction?

ANSWER: Fiction!

If the patient will not agree to the treatment plan and will not let you provide treatment that meets the standard of care, that generally is not a treatment relationship you can stay in. Sub-standard care, in terms of liability, is not better than no treatment.

Before terminating the treatment relationship, you may want to consider the cause(s) of non-adherence; for more information, see our article.

World Patient Safety Day Blog by Donna Vanderpool

World Patient Safety Day 2021 is September 17th, and this year’s topic is safe maternal and newborn care. In our efforts to support mental health and all those served by and working in the field of psychiatry, we are pleased to feature Donna Vanderpool, MBA, JD, PRMS Director of Risk Management, as our blogger this month. In her article, Donna shares strategies that doctors can implement to provide good clinical care in honor of World Patient Safety Day this September.

PRMS Psych-cess: November 4

Please save-the-date for our next PRMS Psych-cess: Forensic Psychiatry on Thursday, November 4, 2021. PRMS Psych-cess is a virtual event for residents, fellows, and early career psychiatrists, led by experts in the field to set attendees up for success. Stay tuned for more details and the registration link!


Our Most recent Lessons Learned event was held

November 9, 2021. The topic for this event was:

Lessons Learned - Lessons Learned Over

30 Years: Reflections on Career Success, Leadership and Happiness.

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  • Watch for new Lessons Learned interactive programs coming in 2022.

Click here for links to archived Lessons Learned interactive programs.

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