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President's Message, January 2018

Friday, January 5, 2018  
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By Justin Schoen, MD

As we have now entered 2018, I want to take a moment to reflect back on 2017. As a professional association, the WPA has worked to increase legislative presence and voice, actively grow membership, and keep members up to date on the newest innovations and knowledge about our field.  Addressing topics like burnout and well-being will be paramount moving forward.

In the year ahead, we can look forward to a number of legislative items on mental health being advanced, as well as another election cycle that will impact all of us.  WPA will continue to offer high quality education, which you’ll see by the excellent slate of presenters lined up for the upcoming Annual Conference.  We will take steps to further foster resident and student involvement, which include my plans to meet with residency classes and student groups to increase knowledge about psychiatry and the WPA.  Finally, we will continue to work on creative ways to engage members in a manner that is both convenient and beneficial from a multitude of perspectives. 

I look forward to the continued work together and hopefully meeting with you over the next year.

Best wishes in the New Year!