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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)

Presenter Panel:
Mara Pheister, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin (AAP Member, 10 years)
Shambhavi Chandraiah, MD, University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jacqueline Hobbs, MD, PhD, University of Florida
Melissa Arbuckle, MD, PhD, Columbia University (AAP Member, 12 years)
Esther Akinyemi, MD, Henry Ford Health System
Myo Thwin Myint, MD, Tulane University

This was the first year programs across the nation engaged in an all-virtual recruitment season. Accepted norms of candidate application, travel, and interviewing were upended and reinvented. Because this was done out of necessity, very little planning went into the process. How did it go? Opinions vary. Join a panel of program directors and associate program directors to discuss lessons learned this year and thoughts on how to proceed for the next recruitment season.

May 11, 2021: Becoming a More Equitable Educator

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