Psychosomatic Medicine Models in the Era of Health Reform
Welcome to the 60th Annual Meeting
The Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine welcomes you to the 60th Annual Meeting, this year scheduled for Tucson, Arizona, at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa.
Our meeting theme this year has particular resonance: Psychosomatic Medicine Models in the Era of Health Reform. With a broad set of new provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) scheduled to come into effect in January 2014, our program this year features research findings, news, and opinion on how our profession will be affected — and you can only participate in this vital dialogue by joining us.
Our special Presidential Symposium on Thursday, November 14, “Bench to Clinic and Beyond: Dissemination of Evidence-Based Integrated Care Models” features some of the top thinkers in our profession:
• Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA
Our Friday, November 15 plenary features Kurt Kroenke, MD, MACP, presenting “Somatic Symptoms as a Bridge between the Brain and the Body.”
Hundreds of abstract submissions this year are a testimony to the vitality of our meeting and its importance in our professional lives. The very best have been competitively selected to present you with a wealth of ideas and research in concurrent paper sessions, a record-setting poster session, workshops, and symposia. The Hackett Award lecture by James Levenson, MD, FAPM, and the Research Award lecture by Brett D. Thombs, PhD, will be noteworthy highlights.
We urge you take a moment and consider our destination. Tucson is easily accessible and we will have the Westin La Paloma Resort to ourselves. The resort itself is spectacular and has recently completed a comprehensive refurbishment. We have no doubt that you will find it an exceptional destination for this year’s meeting.
MOC Self-Assessment Component
For those who pre-registered for the meeting by October 31, the APM is offering a self-assessment component that can earn you eight (8) additional CME credits for maintenance of certification (MOC). These credits can apply to any psychiatry certification you hold; you can use them to meet your requirements for General Psychiatry, for example, as well as Psychosomatic Medicine. This self-assessment is free to all those who pre-register.
How it works: On Monday, November 4, all pre-registrants will be emailed a link to a self-assessment "pre-test" of more than 100 multiple-choice questions that cover information that will be presented in this year's pre-conference courses, workshops, and symposia. Participants who submit the pre-test during the week (11/4-11/9) will receive on Sunday the 10th a report that contains their own answers, the correct answers, how they did compared to the other participants, and guidance on which meeting sessions could fill in the gaps of their knowledge. This new feature is in keeping with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) requirement that self-assessment activities for MOC occur prior to a meeting and be used to inform the taker of areas that may require attention.
You do not need to be seeking recertification to participate in the meeting's self-assessment component. It can be useful even if you are a trainee. All results will be confidential and are for the education of only the test-taker. Results will be shared only in aggregate to help participants understand how they compared to the group.
For more information about MOC and the self-assessment requirement, see the ABPN website and page 12 of the APM Summer 2012 Newsletter [PDF]. If you are a pre-registrant and do not receive the email with the link to the pre-test, please contact the Academy office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accommodations — Main & Overflow Hotels
APM has selected the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa for the 2013 meeting. Due to considerable interest in and high registration for the 2013 Annual Meeting, both the Westin and the Embassy Suites are sold out of sleeping rooms. (For information about the first overflow hotel, see Embassy Suites Tucson - Paloma Village.)
APM has made arrangements with the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa for additional accommodations at $169 per night (single or double occupancy) plus local taxes of 12.05%. The special room rate will be available until October 21st.
The Westward Look is a few miles north of the Westin, and complimentary shuttle service among all three properties will run in a continuous loop throughout the meeting. The hotel is fully equipped with a wide range of amenities. The normal $20 resort fee, which includes in-room Wi-Fi, local and 1-800 phone service, valet and self-parking, and the 24-hour Fitness Center, is waived for guests who reserve under the APM block of rooms.
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