APA Will Not Hold Its 2020 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Plans to Support the Learning Needs of Psychiatrists Through Online Education

The 2020 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia will not take place in the wake of numerous travel restrictions and public health guidance associated with the pandemic spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The meeting was scheduled for April 25-29. In lieu of the Annual Meeting, the APA will work with speakers to develop the 2020 APA On Demand product this spring. APA is also exploring other options for delivering psychiatric education this spring.

After careful deliberations, APA came to the conclusion it is not possible to hold the Annual Meeting. A large number of our physician members are restricted by their respective institutions from traveling to conferences and meetings to help stop the spread of COVID-19, making it impossible for lecturers and registrants to attend the medical conference. The latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Pennsylvania health authorities supports our judgment that travel restrictions, meeting restrictions and social distancing are the required, safe and responsible actions. Public health must come first.

To support members in need of continuing medical education (CME), APA is planning to provide an online educational product this spring in addition to a 2020 APA On Demand online CME product.

All current 2020 Annual Meeting registrants will have the option of a full refund or crediting their registration fee toward the 2020 APA On Demand product. For more information, visit the FAQ page here.

We especially hope that our members and colleagues in the medical community who are dealing with containing and treating the virus and its mental health impact will remain safe and healthy.

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Thank you for your understanding,

Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., FRCP-E
CEO & Medical Director
American Psychiatric Association
Bruce Schwartz, M.D.
American Psychiatric Association

APA has compiled resources for psychiatrists regarding the COVID-19 pandemic's mental health impacts and on new telehealth rules and practicing telepsychiatry, available here on psychiatry.org.


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