FEDERATION OF TEXAS PSYCHIATRY
A United Voice for Texas Psychiatry
The Federation of Texas Psychiatry unites Texas' professional psychiatric organizations. Voting member organizations - the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, the Texas Academy of Psychiatry, and the Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Associate member organizations - the Texas Foundation for Psychiatric Education and Research, the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association - together represent about 45,000 physicians in Texas united in advocacy for patients and quality psychiatric care.
TSPP/TAP SPRING MEETING & SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM
The Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians and the Texas Academy of Psychiatry will host their Annual Spring Meeting on April 5-6, 2014 at the Westin Austin at the Domain Hotel in Austin. On Friday evening, two organization meetings are scheduled: the Executive Committee of the Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Delegate Assembly of the Federation of Texas Psychiatry. Saturday's schedule includes meetings of the Board of Directors of the Texas Foundation for Psychiatric Education and Research, the Board of Directors of the Texas Academy of Psychiatry as well as Committee meetings of the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians (from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm) .A special program is scheduled for Residents, entitled "Risk Management: Overcoming Barriers to Implementation in Telepsychiatry" from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm. On Sunday morning, the TSPP Executive Council will meet.
The CME Scientific Program will feature three presentations offering five (5) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits: "Liability Issues in the Integrated Care Setting" by Moira K. Wertheimer, RN, JD, (this presentation offers one credit hour of education in medical ethics and/ or professional responsibility); "Developments in the Neurobiology and Treatment of Depression," by Sanjay J. Mathew, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston (two hours of Category 1); and, "Bipolar Disorder: Mechanisms, Diagnosis, and Treatment," Alan C. Swann, MD, Baylor College of Medicine (two hours of Category 1).
For further details and to download the program and registration form for the Spring Meeting, please click here.
To book your hotel room at the TSPP discounted room rate of $154, you must make your hotel reservations prior to MARCH 13 by calling 1-800-228-3000 or registering online at
COMMENTS FROM THE TEXAS SOCIETY OF PSYCHIATRIC PHYSICIANS
"I am a member because I believe we should organize and act collectively for the benefit of our patients and profession." James Kreisle, MD
"What I enjoy most from TSPP is fellowship with colleagues who come together from throughout the State of Texas, from a wide range of professional practice backgrounds, to share ideas and learn in community from one another." Melissa S. Deuter, MD
"What I value most from TSPP is service on committees that foster high quality patient care, service to community and service to the profession." Terry McMahon, MD
"The major strengths of TSPP are continued good quality programs, strong staff and physician leadership, and strong voice and influence with State government and the APA." Mitch Jones, MD
"I am a member because TSPP has been the glue that has helped me have connectivity with excellence in psychiatry." Lynda Parker, MD
"The major strength of TSPP is that it represents the highest in the ideals of being physicians and promoting care of our patients." Daniel Pearson, III, MD
"I am a member because I want to maintain ties to fellow psychiatrists, get CME and contribute to the legislative process to support the profession." Susan Thompson, MD
"The major strengths of TSPP are persistence and commitment to missions, legislative advocacy, and professional education." Joseph Burkett, MD
"I am a member because it's an inherent part of being a professional." Mark Jacobs, MD
"The major strengths of TSPP are its focus on legislative issues central to psychiatry and very well organized meetings." Tim Wolff, MD
"I am a member for multiple reasons: fellowship with colleagues, input on State laws, and practice standards that result in better care for our patients." Marie Kelly, MD
"I am a member because of TSPP's advocacy for psychiatry, education, and fellowship with colleagues. I believe membership is essential for our profession." Catherine Roberts, MD
I am a member because of pride in my profession and loyalty to my profession." Ray Faber, MD
Identity TheftMartha Leatherman, MD, Past President, Texas Academy of Psychiatry
Did I get your attention? It’s a real problem and affects people throughout the country, but the identity theft I’m talking about is the one you’re likely thinking about.The dictionary defines identity theft as “the fraudulent acquisition and use of a person’s private identifying information, usually for financial gain.” I would like to propose
another sort of identity theft that has been happening in American medicine for at least the last twenty years. It hasn’t made the news; it hasn’t been defined in our common
vernacular; it hasn’t been declared a crime. That is because it has been widely accepted as a reasonable evolution of American medicine. The identity theft I’m
talking about is the slow creep of para-professionals into the practice of medicine, and the use of the words “doctor,” and “physician” to mean things other than a professional who has devoted his life to studying medicine and has earned an M.D. or D.O. To read more, click here for the Texas Psychiatrist Newsletter
SAVE THE DATE FOR UPCOMING MEETINGS IN 2014
April 5-6, 2014Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians and Texas Academy of Psychiatry Spring Meeting and CME Program Westin Austin at the Domain Hotel, Austin Hotel Reservations: $154 prior to March 5; Call 1-800-228-3000; or registering online at
For the Meeting Program and Registration form, please click here.
July 18-20, 2014Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting and CME Program Westin La Cantera Hotel, San Antonio Hotel Reservations: $190 prior to June 16; Call 1-800-937-8461
For the Meeting Program and Registration form, please click here.
November 14-16, 2014Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians Annual Convention & Scientific Program Westin Park Central Hotel, Dallas Hotel Reservations: $159 prior to October 14; Call 1-800-937-8461
CONGRATULATIONS NEW "LIFER'S"!
The following TSPP members have been recognized as 50 Year Members and new Life status members in 2014, as follows:
New 50 Year Members
Jorge G. De la Torre, MD, Distinguished Life Fellow, Houston William E. Fann, MD, Distinguished Life Fellow Houston Edmundo J. Ruiz, MD, Distinguished Life Fellow, Laredo Beverly J. Sutton, MD, Distinguished Life Fellow, Austin
New Life Status Members
Mark S. Jacobs, MD, Distinguished Life Fellow, Houston Thomas R. Kosten, MD, Distinguished Life Fellow, Bellaire Scott R. Elkin, DO, Life Fellow, Austin Ronald Garb, MD, Life Fellow, Houston Krishnaiah Rayasam, MD, Life Fellow, Corpus Christi Susan D. Delaney, MD, Life Member, Plano Kenneth J. Krajewski, MD, Life Member, Houston Russell C. Packard, MD, Life Member, Palestine Michael A. Schlesser, MD, Life Member, Dallas Leslie W. Smith, MD, Life Member, Fort Worth David L. Tyler, MD, Life Member, Dallas
These members will be recognized in the program of the Convocation at the APA Annual Meeting in New York on May 5, 2014.
CONGRATULATIONS NEW FELLOWS 2014!
TSPP extends its congratulations to the following members who have been approved by the APA for Distinguished Fellow, Life Fellow and Fellow for 2014.
Matthew D. Jeffreys, MD, San Antonio
Michael L. Pipkin, MD, Houston
FellowAnoop Bhagat, MD, San Antonio
Esteban A. Gonzalez, MD, McAllen
John O. Lusins, III, MD, Corpus Christi
Lili Meisamy, DO, Fort Worth
Kehinde A. Ogundipe, MD, Dallas Elizabeth E. Ohiku, MD, Houston
Aashish R. Parikh, MD, Grand Praire Anant N. Patel, MD, Fort Worth Rosario Rodriquez, MD, San Antonio Rachel A. Russo, MD, Dallas Kurt I. Schwartz, MD, Harker Heights Mouna G. Sfeir, MD, Austin Kathryn R. Sickorez, MD, Dallas Martha W. St. John, MD, Houston Kristopher S. Steinke, MD, Fredericksburg Anil K. Swarup, MD, Dallas Meena B. Vyas, MD, Flower Mound Tara T. Wagner, MD, Austin Arvinder Singh Walia, MD, Austin Kari M. Wolf, MD, Austin Rosalyn Womack, DO, San Antonio Beverly B. Wu, MD, Grapevine Maria I. Zapata-Vega, MD, Harker Heights Tanya Ann Zielinski, MD, Grapevine
To read The Federation's latest Newsletter, Texas Psychiatrist, click here.
THE 2013 TEXAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION
The Texas Legislature convened in January. It was another challenging Session and the Federation and its member organizations were heavily involved in monitoring legislation and educating legislators about psychiatric issues.
Member organizations of the Federation, the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, the Texas Academy of Psychiatry and the Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, urge you to become involved in the political and legislative process to ensure that quality psychiatric care and patient safety are preserved and protected.
To assist in your involvement in the legislative process, bills of interest to psychiatry in the most recent Legislation Session may be viewed by clicking here.
POLITICAL ACTIONPolitics is all about relationships -- "In politics, familiarity doesn't breed contempt. It breeds votes." (Paul Lazarsfeld). The Federation has encouraged all psychiatrists to get to know their elected representatives through its Political Action Task Force, launched during each election cycle. The focus of the Political Action Task Force is to encourage each psychiatrist to contact his/her legislator and engage in a dialogue about quality psychiatric care in Texas. The relationships formed with legislators will pay dividends during the Legislative Session.
"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean that politics won’t take an interest in you." Pericles
ACO's & CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY
Click here to view a new AACAP document on ACO's & Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Preparing for the Impact of Healthcare Reform. The document was developed by the AACAP Task Force on Healthcare Delivery Systems. It provides child and adolescent psychiatrists with an overview of the changes in healthcare delivery that are expected to occur as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as how these changes will affect the practice of child and adolescent psychiatry.
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