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AACDP president’s message

Ondrea Gleason, MD

Ondria Gleason, MD,

November, 2016

Dear Colleagues:

It is my pleasure to assume the role of President of the AACDP.  I am grateful to be a part of this organization that has supported me as a department chair for the past 9 years, and I look forward to serving the organization and continuing to work with the committed leaders of the Executive Council and our Past President, Dr. Greg Dalack. 
The AACDP offers numerous benefits to its members.  For new chairs, we have a “New Chairs Symposium”.  We offer leadership training for Vice Chair Associate Members, a female chairs’ networking group and all members receive a subscription to the journal, Academic Psychiatry.  Our biannual meetings serve as forums for lively discussions where new ideas and perspectives are shared and generated.  Our spring meeting is held in conjunction with the American Psychiatric Association and our fall meeting is held in conjunction with the Association of Academic Psychiatry. 

As leaders of academic psychiatry departments, we share common goals of effectively teaching medical students, resident physicians and other learners, providing the highest quality psychiatric care to our patients, fostering scholarly activity and effectively managing limited resources in our departments.  To these aims, we continue to strengthen and foster our relationships with our partner organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association, the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Programs, the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education Programs, the National Institutes of Mental Health, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the Association of Academic Psychiatry. 

Members of our organization have agreed that physician wellness is a priority.  In the upcoming year, we will explore ways we can assist our faculty in managing their increasingly complex academic roles to achieve personal and professional balance. This, in addition to our continued conversations regarding our responsibility as department chairs in improving patient care through training and discovery, will guide the AACDP.  I hope to see you all at our May meeting in San Diego and look forward to working with you in the year ahead.

Ondria C. Gleason, MD
AACDP President


Why join AACDP?

  • No one understands the opportunities and challenges of conducting research, providing leading edge clinical care, and educating the next generation like we do.
  • We provide orientation sessions for new chairs, a networking session for female chairs and a workshop for associate members (associate & vice chairs).
  • AACDP meetings are a great opportunity to network with colleagues who understand and share the challenges you face.
  • Leadership training and peer mentoring for you and for your rising leaders in your department who can now join (with your support) as Associate Members.
  • AACDP supports advocacy efforts: for example, AACDP helped get APPI to reduce fees for use of SCID-5 for academic institutions/training-research activities
  • AACDP hosts and facilitates active discussions about future of psychiatry, integrated care, healthcare reform