The Wisconsin Psychiatric Association is your professional association in the state of Wisconsin. The WPA focuses on all aspects of psychiatric care and includes public, academic, and private practice psychiatrists, as well as psychiatric residents.
Why Become A Member?
The WPA is your advocate and your representative in these challenging times. Without a strong and unified organization, who else will advocate for the interests of psychiatry?
The APA and the WPA are organizations composed primarily of medical specialists who are qualified, or in the process of becoming qualified, as psychiatrists. The basic eligibility requirement is completion of a residency program (or currently enrolled in an accredited residency training program) in psychiatry accredited by the Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPS©), or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Applicants for membership must also hold a valid medical license (exception: hold an academic, research, or governmental position that does not require licensure), and provide one reference who is an APA member.
The APA has a dual membership requirement whereby APA members must also be members of the district branch within whose jurisdication they reside or practice. Likewise, to be an WPA member you must also be a member of the APA.
Members-in-Training (MT): Physicians who have been accepted into a psychiatric residency training program that is approved by the ACGME, RCPS©, or AOA and remain enrolled therein. Residents enrolled in a one-year primary care training program to be followed by an approved psychiatric residency are eligible for Member-in-Training status.
All APA members in the active practice of psychiatry must participate in at least 150 hours of continuing medical education activities during a three year reporting period, of which a minimum of 60 hours must be in Category I CME activities.
Category I activities are those programs sponsored or co-sponsored by organizations accredited for CME and that meeting specific standards of needs assessments, planning, professional participation and leadership, and evaluation. The Physician's Recognition Award of the American Medical Association satisfies APA CME requirements.
How to Apply
If you wish to apply for membership in the WPA and APA or would like more information, please contact:
Wisconsin Psychiatric Association
563 Carter Court, Suite B
Kimberly, WI 54136
Call the APA Office of Membership
*Do not send payment in advance, you will be billed after enrollment*
WPA/APA General Membership Application: www.psych.org
Member In Training: www.psych.org
Former members who apply for reinstatement are responsible for all past national and district branch dues/assessments. All financial obligations must be fulfilled prior to reinstatement of membership. To find out if you owe back dues, contact the APA Office of Membership at 703-907-7300.
Transferring District Branch Membership
A member must transfer district branch affiliation when moving his/her practice or residence from the jurisdictional area of one district branch to another.
To transfer your membership, contact the APA Office of Membership 703-907-7300 or to your former district branch. You will be sent a transfer form for you to complete and return. You are responsible for paying dues to the district branch on whose rolls you appeared on the first day of January.
If your DB dues are current and there are no outstanding ethics complaints in your file, your transfer will be approved and you will become a member of your new DB.
Retired members are not required to transfer district branch membership if you move; you may remain a member of the branch with which you had been associated.