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Become an International Resident-Fellow Member of the APA

International Resident-Fellow Members (IRFMs) are physicians who have been accepted into a psychiatric training program outside of the United States and Canada.

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International Resident-Fellow Members (IRFMs) are physicians who have been accepted into a psychiatric training program outside of the United States and Canada. International Resident-Fellow Members gain access to multiple opportunities to enhance their professional growth as part of a global community of psychiatric physicians at the forefront of advancements in psychiatry and medicine.

Individuals from countries against which the United States Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control has issued comprehensive sanctions (including Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria and the Crimea Region of Ukraine) are eligible to receive information and informational materials only, as allowed by the exemptions within the relevant OFAC sanctions programs. For questions, please contact [email protected].

Benefits of APA Membership

Publications and Journals

APA members stay informed through clinical updates, newsletters, the latest developments in psychiatry, and much more.

  • American Journal of Psychiatry

    The American Journal of Psychiatry is the most widely read psychiatric journal in the world and considered essential for practicing psychiatrists. It is also a free benefit to APA members ($327 value).

  • Psychiatric News

    Psychiatric News is the primary and most trusted source of information about developments in the field of psychiatry that impact clinical care and professional practice. Subscriptions to the print and online news outlet is free for APA members.

  • Psychiatric Services

    Psychiatric Services is the peer-reviewed journal features research reports on issues related to the delivery of mental health services, especially for people with serious mental illness in community-based treatment programs. APA members received discounted subscriptions ($159 value).

  • American Journal of Psychotherapy

    APA's peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal published quarterly. Free online subscription for RFMs ($225 value).

  • Focus: The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry

    Focus is a journal that offers clinical reviews and original research for practicing psychiatrists to keep abreast of significant advances in the field. APA members get a discounted subscription ($267 value).

  • 25% discount on over 700 books through APA Publishing

    Includes special member pricing for journals and subscriptions.

  • Psychiatric News Residents' Forum

    Connect with fellow residents and read about pertinent topics in the world of psychiatry. 

  • American Journal of Psychiatry Residents’ Journal

    Forum for medical students, psychiatry residents, and fellows. The purpose of the Journal is to share ideas and experiences in training, clinical practice, research, and careers with colleagues.

Career Development and Tools

Access the tools and resources you need to thrive as you transition into your career.

  • Surviving Psychiatric Residency Training

    Includes tips to advocating and negotiating for yourself to a roadmap for your admission and progress notes and dealing with managed care in the outpatient setting.

  • APA JobCentral

    The leading online career center for psychiatry, serving more than 37,400 physician members.

  • APA Member Directory

    Access to the online international and U.S. membership directory.
  • APA Caucuses

    Promote communication and networking among member psychiatrists who share a special interest so that they may bring attention to important or emerging issues to APA, patient care and the practice of psychiatry.

  • Listservs and Member Communities

    Through your APA membership you can build new and lasting connections with specialized communities of your peers.

  • Connections Through Social Media

    Networking and professional development opportunities through APA's social media presence on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Become a Member Today

Thank you for your interest in joining the APA – the world's largest psychiatric organization.

APA Dues Rates for International RFM Members

International Resident-Fellow Member annual dues are based on the income group category of your country of residence as defined by the World Bank.

Dues Amount per World Bank Income Group

World Bank Income Group Member Dues
High Income $41.00 USD
Upper Middle Income $35.00 USD
Lower Middle Income $26.00 USD
Low Income $10.00 USD

Automatic Advancement to International Member: International Resident-Fellow Members are automatically advanced to International Member (IM) status upon completion of psychiatry residency training. APA requires that members verify they meet the International Membership requirements by completing the IM Verification Form. (coming soon)

You can pay your dues by phone, at +1-202-559-3900 or toll free at +1-888-35-PSYCH (1-888-357-7924), Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET

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