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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,

As 2017 comes to a close, I would like to reflect on milestones from this year and to let you know about exciting plans for 2018.

This year, TPA participated in many conferences across the state. We supported the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine 10th Family Medicine/Psychiatry CME Conference in Memphis. We supported the first TriMED CME conference in Nashville. In Knoxville, we sponsored the 20th Fall Psychiatric Symposium, and we supported the Psychiatry in the Mountains CME conference in Johnson City.

To promote advocacy, I was honored to be Doctor of the Day at the Tennessee Capitol while the General Assembly was in session in the spring. In our continuing efforts to support medicine reform, Dr. Greg Kyser is serving on the buprenorphine treatment guidelines committee.

To further engage with psychiatry residents in our Tennessee-based training programs, we hosted our first rural site visit. In August, Meharry Medical College residents spent a day in Columbia, Tennessee, touring Maury Regional Medical Center and meeting with community leaders to discuss the effects of mental health on the entire community.

I wish to congratulate our colleagues who reached notable milestones in their careers this year. Dr. Robert Begtrup, Dr. Rakeshkumar Patel, and Dr. Yaima Alonso each achieved Fellow designations from the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Michelle Cochran, achieved the Distinguished Fellow designation from the Association. The years of work and dedication to our profession is much appreciated, and on behalf of TPA, we applaud this accomplishment for each of you. I encourage any member who is eligible to please consider applying for Fellow and Distinguished Fellow designations in 2018; it is an honor to be recognized by our peers.

Next year presents plenty of opportunities for our TPA members to make an impact nationally and regionally. In May, Dr. Altha Stewart will become president of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Stewart will promote the best interests for us as a profession and will highlight her interests in the health and wellbeing of juveniles at risk. Please plan to join us to celebrate Dr. Stewart’s induction and a Tennessee reception during the APA Annual Meeting on May 7 in New York City. Look for more details and the opportunity to RSVP soon.

TPA partnered with the Southern Psychiatric Association to co-host the annual CME meeting in Nashville, September 5-8. Programming and activity planning are in the works. More details will be available in the spring.

If you are looking for ways to become more involved with TPA, please let me or Dr. Valerie Arnold know about your areas of interest and availability. Dr. Arnold will assume the role of TPA president in May, and will need your support just as I have appreciated all of your help this year.

Thank you,
Rodney A. Poling, MD DFAPA


Jackie Cavnar

Executive Director

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Tennessee Psychiatric Association
Jackie Cavnar, Executive Director
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