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In the Spotlight

The American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT) is committed to the education and professional development of educators, program coordinators, and their trainees across the United States. Department of Psychiatry faculty and staff in the Office of Residency Training at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) are actively involved in a number of AADPRT activities and continue to significantly contribute to the association’s mission.

“Involvement in stakeholder entities like the AADPRT is key to having the ability to voice our opinions and recommendations on relevant issues on a national level,” said Dr.  Michael Travis, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Residency Training at WPIC. 

Since becoming a member of the association in 2005, Dr. Travis has been invited to serve on a number of taskforces and committees, and in various leadership positions. He is a former AADPRT treasurer and representative for Adult Psychiatry for the Mid-Atlantic Region, and chaired the Ginsberg Fellowship Committee. In 2014 he was appointed as the AADPRT representative to the American College of Psychiatrists’ Editorial Board for the Psychiatry Resident-In-Training Examination (PRITE®). As a member of the Steering Committee and Executive Council Dr. Travis is highly engaged in helping the association to develop and implement initiatives to improve medical education.  Dr. Travis co-directs the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative (NNCI) Learning Collaborative. He has played an important role in the AADPRT’s efforts to enhance neuroscience training for residents, and to encourage psychiatrists to incorporate a modern neuroscience perspective into clinical care. He is a member of the association’s Neuroscience Education and Development committees, and since 2014 has been a co-organizer of the BRAIN Conference that precedes the AADPRT annual meeting. The BRAIN conference is attended by NNCI clinician educators from across the United States.

Kim Kirchner, Academic Manager for the WPIC Office of Residency Training, has also been actively engaged in AADPRT activities for several years. She has been invited by the association to present workshops at the association’s annual meeting on the changing role of program staff and how new training program coordinators can navigate accreditation and certification requirements. Kim served as the AADPRT Professional Development Committee Chair in 2015.  In 2016 she was appointed the Chair of the AADPRT’s Psychiatry Residency Coordinators’ Caucus, where she has overseen activities designed to help coordinators enhance the administration and management of residency training programs, and to provide them with important opportunities for professional growth. 

The annual meeting of the AADPRT has also regularly featured presentations by a number of our faculty, staff, and trainees on topics ranging from using technology to teach the DSM-5 to introducing psychiatry residents to psychotherapy for the seriously mentally ill patient. We’re proud of the many ways our Department has contributed to the association’s mission and their ongoing participation in AADPRT initiatives.