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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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Rodney Poling, MD, DFAPA, President of Tennessee Psychiatric Association, welcomes Meharry Medical College psychiatry residents to Maury Regional Medical Center.

TPA Pilots Semi-rural Site Visits for Psychiatry Residents

The Tennessee Psychiatric Association (TPA) hosted Meharry Medical College psychiatry residents for a semi-rural, community site visit in Columbia, Tennessee, on August 29. The site visit began with informational sessions at Maury Regional Medical Center and concluded with an informal dialogue with community leaders and high school students at a local restaurant.

“We structured the day so the residents would understand the overall impact behavioral health has on the entire community from the schools to the jails and the economic development of Maury County,” said Rodney Poling, MD, DFAPA, President of TPA.

While at Maury Regional Medical Center, Chad Bowser, MD, Medical Director of the Emergency Department, and Chris Edwards, MD, Chief Medical Officer, led residents in discussions regarding emergency department protocols, best practices, interactions with physicians and law enforcement, practice settings, reimbursement models, and regulation and compliance issues.  The residents toured the hospital and were very impressed with the facility design and the equipment available.

Maury County Sheriff, Bucky Rowland, Maury County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Alliance president, Wil Evans, and Maury County Public Schools Supervisor of Counseling and Mental Health, Robb Killen, met the residents at Puckett’s. Dr. Poling led an informal discussion among the community leaders and the residents addressing topics ranging from the opioid crisis and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) to the economic impact mental health illness has on employee productivity and business recruitment.

“Hearing real life examples and seeing how closely the sheriff’s department and the school system work together with physicians demonstrated the impact that physicians have on our communities,” Poling said.

Meharry Medical College psychiatry residents lead a discussion for Maury County high school students interested in pursuing medical or STEM careers.

TPA invited local high school students who are interested in pursuing medical or STEM careers to the final session of the evening. More than 70 students, parents and teachers participated. Many of the residents shared their personal stories about how they chose a medical career, teachers and classes that may have influenced their decisions, and the importance of a support network of friends, family and peers.

“The discussions illuminated different perspectives for many of the participants and may spark more dialogue among the residents and community stakeholders. Any opportunity to erase the stigma of mental illness and to promote healthy lifestyles will continue to build all of our communities,” Poling said.

This event was made possible by a grant from the American Psychiatric Association. TPA looks forward to offering similar opportunities for each of the psychiatry residency training programs in Tennessee.


Jackie Cavnar

Executive Director

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Tennessee Psychiatric Association
Jackie Cavnar, Executive Director
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