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The APA's Annual Meeting in San Francisco covers the full breadth of psychiatric topics, with a focus on the most pressing issues facing your practice and patients as we look toward the future of psychiatry. Gain new skills and knowledge through in-depth training at the 2023 Annual Meeting.

This year's program includes:

  • Four plenary sessions featuring distinguished keynote speakers
  • 600+ scientific sessions with live Q&A with presenters
  • 22 in-person paid courses, comprised of eight-hour and four-hour courses
  • Returning for a second year, Clinical Updates track featuring renowned experts presenting on the clinical issues within the field of psychiatry
  • A new Resident, Fellow and Medical Students Track
  • Poster Hall with 1,000+ posters
  • MindGames, in-person for the first time since 2019

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View the full list of scientific sessions and courses available in San Francisco, and filter by title, topic, day or speaker.

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Session Tracks

Topical session tracks to help organize your experience – choose sessions from any track and go in-depth on topics that include:

  • Clinical Updates
  • Technology
  • NIH Research ((Hosted by NIAAA, with sessions from SAMHSA and NIDA)
  • Diversity and Health Equity
  • Well-being & Burnout
  • Residents, Fellows and Medical Students
  • International Medical Graduates

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Program Topics

With 600+ sessions and courses, the Annual Meeting in San Francisco covers the full range of psychiatry and mental health. More than 50 individual topics in psychiatry will be featured, including (but not limited to):

  • Addiction psychiatry
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Global, political, and social issues
  • Community psychiatry

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Self-Assessment Activity

Meet your MOC Part 2 requirements in conjunction with the meeting by completing the online Self Assessment activity or attending a FOCUS Live! session in San Francisco.

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Paid Courses

Four-hour, clinically-focused content to equip you with practical skills to help you meet the challenges of daily practice. Attendance is limited. 18 paid courses are available at the 2023 in-person meeting.

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Paid Master Courses

In-depth, eight-hour, clinically-focused content to equip you with practical skills to help you meet the challenges of daily practice. Attendance is limited. Master courses are designed to broaden and enhance your professional skills and knowledge in special areas, and include applicable publications from American Psychiatric Association Publishing. Six master courses are available at the 2023 in-person meeting.

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MindGames, APA's national residency team competition, is a fun way for residents to test their knowledge on patient care, medical knowledge, and psychiatric history while earning bragging rights for their program. Registration is now open for the 2023 MindGames competition. Teams must be registered by February 3, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST. No registrations will be accepted after this time.

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The Mental Health Innovation Zone

The Mental Health Innovation Zone (MHIZ) in APA's showcase and catalyst for the advancement of technologies in psychiatry, is dedicated to answering the question “What’s next in mental health technology?”

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Virtual Summer Courses

Presented online in 2023, following the Annual Meeting, courses provide training in essential/in-depth skills for the psychiatric profession and ensure opportunities for interaction. Each course meets requirements for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

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Government Agency Partnerships

APA partners with several government agencies to develop special sessions and will host a research track with sessions from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). More details and information on Government Agency Partnerships at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco will be available soon.

The Annual Meeting will also include sessions with these esteemed agencies:

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Poster Sessions

Discover the latest scientific discoveries, new therapies and innovative treatment options and technologies with 1,000+ poster presentations presented in-person in San Francisco.

Medical leadership for mind, brain and body.

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