The American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meeting is the largest psychiatric meeting in the world.  The meeting gives all attendees, including Federal employees, an opportunity to expand their knowledge and interact with experts in their field, hear about current research and be given the opportunity to interact with the researchers, identify and educate themselves about new treatment methods, discuss best practices, address practice or knowledge gaps, find out how others are adapting to new health care reform laws that may be impacting clinicians and heath care providers and institutions, and much, much more.

The APA meeting covers all aspects of psychiatry, including diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric illness and cutting-edge scientific updates.  Lectures and symposia are conducted by nationally and internationally known researchers and scientists. Clinical sessions educate attendees about current standards of care in addition to new science.  The meeting also features sessions addressing the latest information from government agencies such as National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute of Mental Health, Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

APA offers sessions about disabilities, fitness for duty, returning veterans, primary care skills for psychiatrists and psychiatry for primary care health care providers.  Special tracks on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction, Forensic Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, Geriatric Psychiatry and Military Mental Health are highlighted throughout the meeting.  Special topics covered include cultural competence, women’s mental health, health care reform and practice issues, and ethics and professionalism.