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Session Tracks

APA's Annual Meeting covers the full breadth of psychiatric topics, with a focus on the most pressing issues facing your practice and patients.

With approximately 500+ sessions and 25+ courses, the 2024 Annual Meeting in New York City covered the full range of psychiatry and mental health. View session tracks below:

Clinical Updates

The popular Clinical Updates Track includes practical and pragmatic training.It includes 18 sessions by renowned experts presenting on the practical domains clinicians deal with every day. The presenters combine their expertise with tangible learning points that provide attendees with a clear “what and why,” which can be applied directly into their practice, right away. The domains covered are based on ABPN’s core competencies and include:

  • Mood Disorders
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Technology Addiction
  • Suicide
  • Weight Gain and Obesity
  • Women’s Mental Health and Reproduction

Residents, Fellows and Medical Students

Again this year, the APA Annual Meeting will include a track specifically tailored toward residents, fellows, and medical students. This track will provide trainees with a curated meeting experience and content throughout all five days of the meeting with topics ranging from how to apply to residency or get involved with the APA as a medical student, to developing your CV and getting started in your career.

International Medical Graduates

International medical graduates have unique needs and considerations when navigating the mental health workforce. This track will provide IMGs with tools and tricks designed specifically for their unique situation and the issues they encounter on a daily basis.


Technology has opened a new frontier in mental health care. How can we harness emerging treatments involving technology in the future, so that we keep our discipline on the cutting edge? The track will discuss digital health tools, social media and adolescent development, virtual reality, and other advancements in psychiatry.


Keep up to date on the latest policy developments impacting your practice at the state and federal levels. Hear what’s happening and what’s coming next from key policy makers who advance mental health on a national scale. Learn how to make yourself heard, as a psychiatrist, in the discussion about social determinants of mental health.

APA partners with several government agencies to develop special sessions. This year’s research track is hosted by a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). We will also feature sessions from NIAAA, SAMHSA and NIDA

Diversity and Health Equity

Racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and sexual minorities often suffer from poor mental health outcomes due to multiple sociopolitical determinants, including inaccessibility of high-quality mental health care services, cultural stigma surrounding mental health care, discrimination, and overall lack of awareness regarding mental health. This track will examine issues related to health equity and social determinants of health in the care of those with mental illness.


Artistic media such as music, paintings, literature, poems, and theatre are often moving sources of emotional expression, both for the artist as well as their audience. The field of Medical Humanities is considered an important complement to psychiatry's basic sciences and clinical mission, drawing on the creative and intellectual strengths of disciplines in the arts, social sciences, and the humanities to explore experiences of health and illness.

The humanities track at the 2024 Annual Meeting will explore art in multiple forms including photography, drama, and music as it relates to mental health and psychiatry presented by experts in the field of psychiatry and the arts. The track will feature narrative medicine, visual thinking strategies, poetry, and literature.


This year’s Ethics Track features a range of topics at the forefront of psychiatric practice. Past APA presidents and current leaders in psychiatric ethics present an educational panel on the legal and ethical controversies surrounding medical aid in dying (MAID), calling on colleagues from Canada and geriatric psychiatry to explore the psychosocial and cultural factors that influence decision-making processes for both patients and healthcare clinicians.

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