From the President's Desk
By Glory Novak
Dear NAAPA Colleagues,
It was great to see so many friendly faces at our Chicago conference, as well as seven new members. This involvement and growth are a result of the hard work by our Education Committee and Membership Committee. Kudos to you all! Despite the rainy weather, we experienced the flavor, architecture and cultural vibe of Chicago and learned from experts affiliated with Northwestern University, University of Illinois-Chicago, Loyola University, and Rush Medical Center.
Our fall conference highlighted, in many ways, inevitable changes in academic psychiatry -- from facilities renovations that improve patient flow and environment, to changes in residency program requirements, to novel behavioral processes for engaging inpatients in their healing. Change is undeniably the new norm.
Changes in psychiatry also necessitate changes in our administrative roles and the needs of our evolving institutions. As announced at the fall conference, I am personally affected by this evolution, having recently been non-renewed in my role as administrator for the University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry. Our hospital and practice plan leaders are moving away from traditional departmental oversight of the academic/research/service mission toward a service line model, and my institution is apparently seeking a different skill set with an emphasis on hospital operations.
With this change, I face an unfortunate need to resign midterm as your NAAPA President. With the support of the NAAPA Board, President Elect Ruth Irwin (UCLA) has agreed to transition into the Presidency, and I have appointed Janet Namini (Northwestern) to serve as President Elect. Beth Ambinder (Johns Hopkins) has graciously agreed to an extended term as Immediate Past President. I offer sincere thanks to these leaders and to our incredible board for their support and understanding during this difficult time.
NAAPA, and our respective institutions, will continue to change and evolve, hopefully for the better. Wishing you success in your personal and professional futures,