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President's Message, January 2019

Tuesday, January 15, 2019  
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Justin Schoen, MD, FAPA
WPA President

With the holidays now passed, we begin the transition back into more daylight, but cold and often isolating days. 

It is this very isolation that can be so problematic for all of us.  As burnout has become an increasingly relevant topic, I wanted to share some recent highlights from a discussion that a small group of us has been having, including the power of caring not just for our patients, but ourselves and our teams, as well as the need for communication.  In an era where the electronic health records are impacting our very nature of communication, sitting down and having a conversation can be incredibly therapeutic.  It is my hope that each of you can reach out to a colleague over the coming month, preferably in person, and just say hello!

Perhaps, you will also take advantage of the upcoming WPA Annual Meeting at The Osthoff Resort and meet with multiple colleagues in person. I have always found the networking to be one of the single best components of the Annual Meeting.  At the conference, which takes place March 14-16, we’ll hold our annual business meeting and discuss the slate of candidates for the upcoming Executive Council elections. We are also fortunate to have Dr. Levin, CEO of the APA, present on Thursday evening.

I’m pleased to announce that our voting membership has increased to the point that WPA has now been allotted an additional representative to the APA Assembly.  This offers a unique opportunity for our organization and for one of our members.  In addition, we are working to finalize our legislative priorities for the next year and I hope to share more as the process unfolds.

I look forward to seeing you in mid-March. Please make sure to try and stay warm during the cold days of winter.

Best wishes to you all,

Justin