General Members are physicians who have completed an acceptable program of training in psychiatry, and hold either a valid license to practice medicine or an academic, research, or governmental position that does not require licensure. General Members may also apply for Fellowship or be nominated for Distinguished Fellowship provided they meet the eligibility requirements.
Early Career Psychiatrists (ECPs) are General Members of the APA who are within their first seven years after completion of training (ACGME accredited residency/fellowship). Dues are reduced for the first six years of General Membership to ease the financial burdens of early career psychiatrists. View the ECP benefits cheat sheet or find additional information here.
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Advocacy For You and Your Patients
APA lobbyists work to obtain health insurance parity for mental health, protect medical records privacy, defeat non-physician prescribing legislation, push for strong “patients’ bill of rights” laws, and increase psychiatric reimbursement, and federal research funding.
Practical Help For Your Practice
APA’s Practice Management Help Line tackles tough issues related to unpaid claims, contracts, denials, pharmacy benefits, and confidentiality. Staff is just a phone call away to guide you through the Medicare maze or clarify CPT Coding.
Free Subscriptions to Keep You Current
APA members receive the American Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric News, delivered online or in print, providing you the latest research studies and industry trends.
Access a variety of Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses, including free Performance in Practice (PIP) Physician Practice Assessment Tools to fulfill MOC Part 4 requirements.
Leadership and Fellowship
Get involved and be recognized for your distinguished career as an APA Fellow or Distinguished Fellow. Run for office on the Board of Trustees, join a caucus or committee, and make your voice heard.
Expand Your Professional Library
Receive a 20% discount on the newly released DSM-5 and on all American Psychiatric Publishing titles.
View the General Member Benefits Cheat Sheet.