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Membership Advantages

The Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine represents psychiatrists dedicated to the advancement of medical science, education, and health care for persons with comorbid psychiatric and general medical conditions, and provides national and international leadership in the furtherance of those goals.

We welcome and encourage professionals and trainees with an interest in consultation-liaison psychiatry/psychosomatic medicine to join us in becoming an active member of the APM and taking advantage of the opportunities afforded to members.

At A Glance, APM Membership provides:

  • A subscription to our journal, Psychosomatics, online access to two additional related journals, and 25% discount on books published by Elsevier, Inc.
  • A robust annual scientific meeting. Members save at least 25% on annual meeting registration fees.
  • Online educational content, including guidelines and practical information, available exclusively or free to members.
  • Opportunities to contribute and participate in the Academy's committee structure.
  • Special interest groups and forums that bring together members with like interests in various aspects of psychosomatic medicine to discuss issues, therapies, and training.
  • A distinguished Fellowship and Awards program.
  • The Academy's biannual Newsletter, with reports and updates of Academy projects, members, and events, and monthly updates and alerts via email.

PSYCHOSOMATICS. The Journal of Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry

As a member of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, you'll receive a complimentary subscription to our journal — both online and hardcopy. Published by Elsevier Inc., this renowned journal features peer-reviewed articles and original research reports authored by the foremost authorities in the field. Psychosomatics offers a forum for discussion of emerging issues in medical and consultation-liaison psychiatry through its Letters to the Editor and featured perspectives. Psychosomatics is available only to members and paid subscribers. The cost of APM membership, which includes the journal and other benefits, is only slightly higher than the annual subscription rate to Psychosomatics.

In addition to Psychosomatics, Academy members have online access to full articles in General Hospital Psychiatry and the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, related publications that are also published by Elsevier. Academy members also receive a 25% discount on Elsevier books and other journals.

APM Annual Scientific Meeting

Once a year in November, members gather to exchange ideas and explore emerging trends and issues in medical and consultation-liaison psychiatry. The annual meeting of the Academy features internationally known plenary speakers, informative poster and paper presentations, in-depth symposia and workshops, and special CME review courses. Members receive a 25% discount on registration fees; persons in training receive an even greater discount. Members and non-members alike look forward to the intimate networking environment and thought-provoking content offered at the APM annual meeting.

All education programs sponsored by the Academy are approved for Category 1 credits unless otherwise indicated.

Online Educational Content

While some educational content is available to non-members for a price, the entire complement of papers and presentations is available exclusively to members. Topics include career development, broad psychosomatic medicine subjects, and themes tailored to special populations (models of care, ethics, transplantation, HIV, cancer, neuropsychiatry, etc.). Additional material applicable to prepare for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology subspecialization in Psychosomatic Medicine can be found in the Learning Center, which is available for a price to non-members, but free to members.

APM Committee Involvement

The Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine is fortunate to have a vibrant governmental structure that allows members from across the country to be an integral part of the decision-making process. This results in continual improvements to Academy program and service offerings, and a leadership that exerts its influence in the field of psychosomatic medicine though on-going dialogue with national and international organizations.

Committee and subcommittee members generate and assess programs and services, stimulate interest among members and the general public, and insure the financial soundness of the organization. Their dedication and creativity have shaped APM's progress and continue to reflect and foster the needs of the practitioner, teacher, and researcher of psychosomatic medicine and consultation-liaison psychiatry.

The Academy has established the following standing committees to examine and implement issues of importance:

  • Annual Meeting
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Governance
  • Membership
  • Nomination
  • Research & Evidence-Based Practice 

For a list of all committees and subcommittees and their current members, see APM Organization.

APM Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Forums

Many APM members are especially interested in one or more particular aspects of consultation-liaison psychiatry, and several APM-sponsored special interest groups have been formed to bring together professionals with like interests to discuss issues, cases, therapies, and training. The current SIGs are:

  • Bioethics
  • Cardiovascular Psychiatry
  • Community-Based Psychosomatic
    Physician Practice Issues
  • Critical Care
  • Early Career Psychiatrists
  • Emergency Psychiatry
  • Global Health
  • HIV / AIDS Psychiatry
  • Medicine & Psychiatry
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Palliative Medicine & Psycho-Oncology
  • Pediatric Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Psychological Considerations
  • Research
  • Telepsychiatry
  • Transplant Psychiatry
  • Women's Health

Two additional forums exist for fellowship program directors and persons in training, to share and discuss issues related to their particulr focus.

For more information about the special and focused interest groups, see APM SIGs and Forums.

Fellowship & Awards Program

APM presents annual awards for meritorious contributions to the field of psychosomatic medicine or for service to the Academy. For more detailed award descriptions and award applications, see APM Annual Awards.

  • ELEANOR & THOMAS P. HACKETT MEMORIAL AWARD, the Academy's highest honor, is presented to an individual for outstanding achievement in psychosomatic medicine.
  • RESEARCH AWARD recognizes a currently active researcher in the field of psychopathology in the medically ill.
  • DON R. LIPSITT AWARD honors an individual who has demonstrated excellence and innovation in the integration of mental health with other medical care through collaborative care.
  • AWARD OF SPECIAL RECOGNITION is awarded to an individual for outstanding service to the field on a local or national level.
  • DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD is presented to an Academy member for invaluable assistance to the organization.
  • DORFMAN JOURNAL PAPER AWARDS recognize the best articles published annually in our journal, Psychosomatics.
  • DLIN/FISCHER CLINICAL RESEARCH AWARD is presented for the best paper submitted for presentation at the annual meeting.
  • BEST POSTER and BEST TRAINEE POSTER AWARDS are awarded for the best posters exhibited at the annual meeting.
  • VISITING PROFESSORSHIP PROGRAM allows an institution to receive a one- to three-day visit from an APM member to promote the understanding and practice of psychosomatic medicine.
  • WEBB FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM fosters the career development and leadership potential of a select number of outstanding advanced residents and fellows in psychosomatic medicine through mentorship, networking, financial assistance, and involvement in APM projects.
  • ALAN STOUDEMIRE AWARD is presented to an individual or educational program for innovation and excellence in psychosomatic medicine education.
  • TRAINEE TRAVEL AWARDS are given to a limited number of post-doc fellows, residents, or medical students to help offset the cost of attending the Academy's annual meeting.
  • ACADEMY FELLOWSHIP (FAPM) is bestowed upon Academy members who manifest active participation in the APM and have made exemplary contributions to the field of psychosomatic medicine as educators, researchers, or administrators.

Academy Newsletter

Published twice a year, the Academy Newsletter provides concise information and updates about Academy projects, members, and events. While the Newsletter is available as a PDF file on the website, only Academy members receive the hardcopy version in the mail.

Regular (monthly or as needed) updates and alerts via email keep members informed.

APM Membership Categories

  • FULL MEMBER. A psychiatrist who is actively engaged in psychosomatic medicine, consultation-liaison psychiatry, or medical psychiatry is eligible to become a Member of the Academy.
  • ASSOCIATE MEMBER. An individual with an advanced degree in a related field who is actively engaged in psychosomatic medicine, consultation-liaison psychiatry, or medical psychiatry is eligible to become an Associate Member.
  • FELLOW (FAPM). A Fellow shall be a Full Member who has made significant contributions to the field of psychosomatic medicine or consultation-liaison psychiatry and who meets additional requirements as set forth by the Fellowship & Awards Subcommittee.
  • LIFE MEMBER/FELLOW. Full Members or Fellows may apply for elevation to this status upon meeting certain criteria based on length of membership and age.
  • HONORARY FELLOW. Qualified by reasons of outstanding personal character, meritorious achievement and significant contributions to the field. Bestowed by Council vote.

How to Apply

Complete the online Membership Application, attaching a current curriculum vitae (CV). For application details and further instructions for trainees, please see How to Join APM.

The application process generally takes eight weeks and, if selected, you will be sent an invoice for membership dues. Upon receipt of your dues payment, you will be sent a membership certificate.

For further information or assistance, email membership@apm.org or phone 1-301-718-6520.

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