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About the Association for Academic Psychiatry (AAP)

The Association for Academic Psychiatry (AAP) focuses on education in psychiatry at every level from the beginning of medical school through lifelong learning for psychiatrists and other physicians. It seeks to help psychiatrists who are interested in careers in academic psychiatry develop the skills and knowledge in teaching, research, and career development required to succeed. AAP provides members a forum to exchange ideas on teaching techniques, curriculum, and other issues and to work together to solve problems. AAP works with other professional organizations with mutual interests and objectives through committee liaison and collaborative programs.

Welcome from the AAP President...

AAP is an international organization dedicated to enriching psychiatric education at all levels of training while also fostering professional development.  We are passionate about sharing our advances in teaching, curriculum design, and educational innovation in a collaborative environment.  We are especially committed to the professional development of psychiatric educators through our Master Educator Program, as well as plenty of opportunities for mentorship, networking, and leadership within the AAP organization. During the pandemic, we have worked to foster connections between colleagues unable to physically gather, expand our reach to psychiatric educators throughout the international community, and help psychiatric educators develop optimized strategies for remote teaching. We developed new virtual learning workshops, and moving forward we will continue to host these, to enable members who cannot travel to in-person meetings to remain active in our community.

Please join us for our first international meeting in 20 years set in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from September 6 - 9, 2023. We are a welcoming, fun-loving group of educators who are passionate about our field and this organization. Our members look forward to providing needed support and mentoring to new members, annual meeting attendees, and each other. I have been a member of AAP for over 14 years. My membership has been instrumental in my professional development, provided invaluable mentorship, and created life-long friendships.

~ Sean Blitzstein, MD  2022-2023 AAP President

What is AAP?


The Association for Academic Psychiatry is an international organization of diverse current and future psychiatric educators, clinical teachers, researchers, clinicians and academic leaders in education that promotes excellence in psychiatric education in service of the highest quality mental health care.


The mission of the Association for Academic Psychiatry is to promote faculty career development, instructional development, scholarship, innovation, research and leadership in psychiatric education, through collegial dialogue, and collaboration, and mentorship.

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