For me, TSPP is my ‘professional family.’ Through my participation in the organization, I have found mentors who are older and more experienced than me. At the joint Resident Fellow Members (RFM) and Academic Committee Fall workshops, I spoke with experienced psychiatrists in fields I was initially interested in. In asking them questions about their experience and what they learned, I was able to better navigate my own path to my chosen niche in psychiatry. I have found a community of colleagues. At the biannual RFM Committee Socials, I have found friends who are at the same stage of training. We share stories about victories and challenges in our practice. In doing this, we find that we are not alone in our struggles and regain strength to continue providing the much-needed care to our patients across the state. TSPP has provided me a supportive environment in which to grow. When I proposed a series of workshops on Advocacy Training, the TSPP leadership encouraged me and provided the needed support of resources and access to people with the knowledge I sought in my endeavor. Thank you TSPP family. I encourage young psychiatrist in Texas to become involved in TSPP and to find the support in their professional careers that I have experienced.
– Leah Kolar, current Chair of the RFM Committee, PGY4 at UTMB
- Welcome email by Resident Fellow committee leader was really helpful
- The social event was a lot of fun and probably the most fun I had that weekend
- I attended more of the committee meetings, even when I wasn’t a member, at the recommendation of an attending, and I spent most of the conference learning
- Resident Fellow Section meeting: very friendly, leadership was strong. Maybe the minutes could be sent to all residents/fellows confirmed to attend the conference beforehand? That could inspire more to attend the meeting and keep attending in following years.
- Conference overall: great topics and variety of speakers.
-Lessley Chiriboga, MD- UTRGV Psychiatry Resident
My experience at the TSPP meeting in Galveston was a very positive one. The committee meetings provided an opportunity to find out about various issues currently impacting the practice of psychiatry in Texas, and the scientific programs were educational, relevant and up-to-date. There were a lot of opportunities to meet, learn from, and network with seasoned psychiatrists, but for me the most enjoyable aspect was meeting and mingling with psychiatry trainees from around the state. This was my first TSPP meeting but it will certainly not be my last one.”
– Ijeoma Ibeanu, MD- TTUHSC El Paso CAd Fellow