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Virtual Education Program

Beyond Survival: Thriving in Psychiatric Education

Virtual meetings are everywhere, and yet feeling part of an interactive and supportive academic community has gotten more complex. In addition, the virtual environment has amplified aspects of social and demographic disparities that lurk in the academic environment.  In lieu of the annual meeting in September (postponed due to Covid-19), AAP will be hosting a series of online workshops highlighting educational skill-building and discussions of strategies to foster inclusivity, equitability, and anti-racism in the academic environment. Given the world’s “new normal,” we are going to emphasize strategies to continue to positively grow and develop your academic career, teaching & mentoring skills, and educational programming, rather than to just “get through this until things are normal again.” Programming includes real-time mentorship opportunities as well as time to connect with colleagues across the world. Join us for an educational program designed in the interactive and collaborative format you’ve come to expect from the AAP.

~ Lewis P. Krain, MD
Virtual Education Program Chair

Virtual Education Program Registration

Registration open October 9, 2020 - May 4, 2021.

Virtual Education Program Details

AAP is pleased to provide an online opportunity for academic psychiatrists and their colleagues to connect and collaborate through the AAP Virtual Education Program. Seven educational sessions will be offered on the second Tuesday of the month from 4:00pm - 6:00pm (central time) beginning November 10, 2020 through May 11, 2021. Each virtual session will have an hour-long educational presentation followed by an optional moderated, informal discussion (estimated one hour).

Join your colleagues to learn more about and discuss the following important topics:

November 10, 2020: Freedom from Powerpoint: Planning Highly Effective Learning Sessions

December 8, 2020: The Value of Mentoring

January 12, 2021: Racism in Psychiatry: Past & Present

February 9, 2021: Reflections on Wellbeing During a Global Pandemic

March 9, 2021: Telehealth and Learning on the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit: Lessons from COVID

April 13, 2021: Virtual Recruiting: Lessons Learned (Joint Session with AADPRT)

May 11, 2021: Becoming a More Equitable Educator

David Ross, MD, PhD  
Sallie DeGolia, MD, MPH  
Elizabeth Lazaroff, MD  
Anuja Mehta, MD  
Ayame Takahashi, MD  
Ashley Walker, MD      

Session Description:

Our country is immersed in dual pandemics: the spread of the COVID-19 virus, causing the deaths of more than 550,000 Americans; and, following the murder of George Floyd and the rise of White Nationalism, a collective awakening to the centuries-old legacy of structural and institutional racism in America -- from police brutality, to disparities in health outcomes, to countless other societal disparities (e.g. in housing, employment, and judicial involvement).

As physicians, we have been trained to deal with medical crises (if not necessarily of the scope and impact of the current one). Yet many of us have had little training in recognizing and responding to racism and other forms of discrimination. As psychiatric educators, this gap is even more pressing as we are responsible not only for our own actions but also for training the next generation of psychiatrists. This includes: enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within our programs; supporting trainees as they navigate our health care systems (and are frequently exposed to acts of racial violence); and leading by example, including by effectively advocating for change within our institutions.

After brief, introductory remarks, participants will be provided with a collection of self-study resources and will be invited to complete a short self-audit. This exercise will be used to identify priority areas for growth and action. We will then divide into small group breakout rooms. Each group will complete a structured exercise designed to identify barriers to change and potential solutions. Participants will be asked to submit a specific plan for change.

Educational Objectives:

1. Appreciate the impact of structural racism and other forms of discrimination on the lives of our trainees and the health of our patients;

2. Appreciate the role of allies in confronting structural racism and other forms of discrimination;

3. Reflect on personal and structural barriers to change;

4. Identify a specific issue to address;

5. Connect with a community of peers to support their racial equity goal;

6. Develop and commit to an action plan.

This is the last of seven presentations offered by AAP. This hour-long presentation will conclude with an optional, moderated discussion if participants choose to extend the conversation for a while.

The AAP Virtual Education Program Planning Committee is busy planning the program for 2021-22. Abstracts will be accepted for this next session beginning May 1 through May 31. Sessions will begin November 2021 and run through May 2022. 

In addition to registering for the seven presentations, AAP has more community building offerings available for no additional charge including interest group sessions, poster reviews, WIPs/Educators Showcase, social gatherings, and more.

Once registration has been paid, participants will be required to pre-register for each session by clicking the link provided in their confirmation or reminder emails.  Registration will open one month prior to each session and close 1 week prior to session. We will send regular reminders to all AAP Virtual Education Program registrants about the upcoming sessions so signing up even a week in advance is possible. At 9:00am (central time), on the morning of the presentation, we will email each pre-registrant a unique entry code allowing access into the session.

PLEASE NOTE: The AAP Virtual Education Program does not offer CME credits.

Please share information about the 2020-21 AAP Virtual Education Program with your colleagues on your social media using #AAPVirtual20_21

Please contact Lisa Hedrick at or 770-222-2265