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Welcome to the website for the Tennessee Psychiatric  Association. The Tennessee Psychiatric Association was established in 1958 as a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association and is incorporated as a non-profit organization.

We are a statewide medical specialty organization with more than 300 board certified members who are dedicated to developing the highest quality of comprehensive psychiatric care for patients, families and communities.

Through advocacy, education and career development, the Tennessee Psychiatric Association works to protect both the profession and mental health patients throughout the state.

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Dear Colleagues,

I hope this note finds everyone safe, warm and dry! As we all look forward to springtime in Tennessee, I would like to invite everyone to think about your participation in our organization. As you may know, the TPA is a District Branch of the APA. Through the TPA, we are able to access resources from the national organization with regard to lobbying efforts both in Nashville and Washington DC. Participation is quite rewarding and interesting, as I can attest, having been directly involved in the Executive Council for the past six years.

Our goal is to stimulate increased interest and participation in the organization. We have tried to have meetings across the state, but alas, attendance has been limited. We are always looking for our early career psychiatrist members to get involved. I know many early career psychiatrists are in employed positions or work in teaching institutions. It is easy to take for granted the rules and regulations governing our practice in such a situation. However, if you are not aware or involved in the premier organization to protect your rights and practice privileges, everything may change very quickly.

Therefore, I heartily invite any member who is interested to participate in our organization at an increased level. As my term ends in May, Dr. Valerie Arnold will assume the office of President, and Dr. George Mathews, I hope, will become President Elect. Dr. Dolores DiGaetano, again I assume, will continue as Treasurer. Dr. Arnold and Dr. Greg Kyser serve as our Assembly Representatives to the APA. We are looking for someone interested in becoming Secretary! Our custom has been to have the opportunity to move up each year in succession, to become President. We are also looking for a delegate to the Tennessee Medical Association. Please let me or Jackie know if you are interested. My time here has been professionally challenging but enjoyable at every step.

Please let me hear from you. I look forward to seeing many of you at the APA in May, during which we will celebrate Dr. Altha Stewart, member of the TPA,  as new President of the APA. I also will remind you of our TPA meeting to be held in Nashville during the Southern Psychiatric Association Meeting in September.

With best regards,

Rodney A. Poling, MD DFAPA
Tennessee Psychiatric Association


Jackie Cavnar

Executive Director

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Tennessee Psychiatric Association
Jackie Cavnar, Executive Director
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Nashville, TN 37211

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