About APA's Annual Meeting

APA Gives Back

In its 8th year, “APA Gives Back” provides an opportunity for the APA, its members and Annual Meeting attendees to support a community organization in the city where the Annual Meeting is held. Support this year’s program by making a donation to University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Student-Run Free Clinic Project. Based in San Diego, in partnership with the community, their mission is to provide respectful, empowering, high-quality health care with the underserved while inspiring the next generation of health professionals. The UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project, in partnership with the community, provides accessible, quality healthcare for the underserved in a respectful environment in which students, health professionals, patients and community members learn from one another.

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Annual Meeting Facts

Each year many questions are asked about the Annual Meeting. This fact sheet has been prepared to answer the most commonly asked questions and to provide basic information about the APA meeting.

  • The Annual Meeting is booked at least ten years in advance to obtain the necessary meeting space and sleeping rooms. Dates are held through 2027 now.
  • We strive for a geographical rotation based on adequate accommodations and availability.
  • Approximately 5,000 hotel rooms are needed on peak night to house meeting attendees, exhibitors, and staff.
  • The commercial/educational exhibits, APA Central, APA Bookstore, and the registration area require a minimum of 225,000 gross square feet of space. Over 300 10x10 booths are used for the exhibit program.
  • Approximately 100-125 concurrent meeting rooms are used for scientific sessions, courses, allied and component activities, and operational office space.
  • About 150 temporary personnel are employed to assist with registration, course monitoring, etc.
  • During peak “people-moving” periods, about 50 motor coaches are in use.

CME Facts

CME credit is earned on an hour-for-hour basis by attending scientific sessions. Signing into sessions is not necessary nor is having your attendance verified by the APA. The APA does not keep records of registrants' attendance at individual sessions; physicians are responsible for maintaining their own records. A Log Sheet for recording individual sessions is in the Meetings Guide. There are two ways for a physician to receive a CME Certificate:

  1. Complete the General Evaluation at the Convention Center, Saturday-Wednesday.
  2. The online General Evaluation will be available at psychiatry.org/annualmeeting on the first day of the meeting.