About APA's Annual Meeting

APA Gives Back

In its 9th 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 Safe Horizon: The Streetwork Project. Safe Horizon is a victim-assistance nonprofit that has been standing with victims of violence and abuse in New York City since 1978. Safe Horizon provides assistance, advocacy and support to victims who have experienced domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, youth homelessness and other crimes. Programs include a victim’s hot line, legal services, counseling, crime assistance program and domestic violence shelters. One of their unique programs is Streetwork, a program to serve homeless youth and help them find stability: No judgement, Just Options. Through their nightly street outreach efforts, the Streetwork team makes over 13,000 contacts with homeless young people each year. They also have a drop-in and shelter services, and they provide additional services to homeless youth, up to age 24. This population experiences high rates of mental illness, substance use disorders and victimization. A disproportionate number of these young people identify as people of color and/or LGBTQ. Streetwork has responded to their needs by developing a range of programming and resources that help runaway and homeless youth to reduce their risks and move toward stability and independence. For more information, visit safehorizon.org

Contributions may be made through APA’s registration system for the Annual Meeting by at psychiatry.org/annualmeeting. Since its inception in 2010, “APA Gives Back” has donated $147,763 to local groups where our Annual Meeting has been held.

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. See who is exhibiting: 2018 Exhibitor List and Floor Plan.
  • 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.