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Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

Supporting Psychiatrists Providing Collaborative Care
Bridging Physical and Mental Health

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APM membership growth

APM has welcomed over 350 new members in the last eight years, a growth rate of 55%. As APM continues to grow, so does its responsibility to foster leadership in integrated care.

The APM has grown steadily over the past 60+ years, in both membership and mission, and in 2009, APM’s Council recognized that support beyond dues and annual meeting registrations would be required for the Academy to meet the goals of its mission in the future, and that a separate, non-profit foundation could provide a vehicle for members and other supporters of APM’s mission to make tax-deductible contributions to that mission. Hence the founding of the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Foundation of the APM in 2009.

The Foundation is currently in the midst of an annual giving campaign, aiming to engage 100% of APM members in annual giving, and using that generosity and commitment of members as a base to appeal to other potential supporters. The Foundation provides a buffer between gifts and the APM, its individual members, its officers, and the content of its annual meeting, allowing ultimate support of APM’s mission without either the appearance or the reality of inappropriate influence by financial contributors.

To date, the Foundation has received over $200,000 in individual contributions, bequests, donations of book and speaker honoraria, corporate gifts, and fund-raising efforts at the annual meetings, such as raffles, silent and live auctions of donated items, and special social events. These and future donations will be used to:

Donald Rosenstein Donald Rosenstein was one of the very first Webb Fellows in 1995. He became president of APM 2011-12.

Eliza (Leeza) Park Leeza Park, 2010 Travel Award recipient and a 2011 Webb Fellow, led the PM Fellows' listserv for two consecutive years and is now a co-chair of the Early Career Psychiatrists (ECP) SIG.

1. Support the development of leaders in Psychosomatic Medicine.  fAPM supports the Webb Fellowship, annually awarded to up to four residents or fellows to support their growth and encourage longstanding involvement in the APM. This fellowship provides mentorship to awardees from senior members of APM and funding to attend the annual meeting; fellows complete a research project and present it at the annual meeting.

2. Support trainees’ academic growth and development through several Trainee Travel Awards each year. The award is a monetary stipend to help defray the costs of attending the annual meeting. The annual meeting is one of the best ways a trainee can learn the latest in psychosomatic medicine and become acclimated to the Academy and its many benefits.

Jeff Huffman Jeff Huffman, a 2003 Webb Fellow, is now chair of the Communications Committee and is the recipient of the 2014 Lipsitt award, the first to be bestowed.

Wayne Katon The new Research Support Fund is named in memory of Wayne Katon, president of APM 2012-2013. whose career was dedicated to clinical research.

3. Provide a foundation for the future. As a result of a generous contribution, fAPM provides funds for the Don R. Lipsitt Award for Achievement in Integrated and Collaborative Care. This unique award honors a mid-career psychiatrist currently making substantial contributions to the evolving field of integrated behavioral health, as demonstrated through some combination of research and scholarship, clinical care, clinical systems development, education of trainees, or health care policy.

4. Support research in Psychosomatic Medicine. In the spirit and in honor of Wayne Katon, MD, FAPM, whose career was dedicated to clinical research, we will begin the Research Support Fund which will provide ongoing access to major researchers in our field for education and mentorship of trainees and early career members.

The Foundation's Board of Directors

bulletDavid Gitlin, MD, FAPM, Chair

bulletNehama Dresner, MD, FAPM, Vice Chair/Treasurer

bulletChristina Wichman, DO, FAPM, Secretary

bulletBobbi Geiger

bulletPhilip Muskin, MD, FAPM

bulletCatherine Crone, MD, FAPM

bulletSteven Epstein, MD, FAPM

bulletLinda Ganzini, MD, FAPM, Consultant

bulletChristoopher Kogut, MD, FAPM, Consultant

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, with some overlapping representation between the fAPM Board and the APM Council to assure alignment of fAPM activities with the APM itself, the mission of which is the reason for the Foundation's existence.


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