Message from the President


Dear AWP Members:

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your incoming AWP President. It is an honor to follow our immediate AWP Past President, Eva Szigethy, to whom I am hugely indebted for her steadfast Patricia Isbell Ordorica, M.D. leadership, dedication and mentorship throughout her tenure. I am looking forward to working closely with our outstanding Executive Council and with you to meet our goals in these challenging times.

Our annual AWP meeting in Hawaii was a great success, offering many networking and mentoring opportunities for our members! Our 4th annual AWP-sponsored APA workshop on resilience, wellness and burnout prevention, led by Drs. Szigethy and Mary Kay Smith, was again very well attended and received. We were very pleased to hold our 1st annual event against domestic violence in Hawaii. AWP's 1st Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence brought out a spirited group of supporters and benefitted a deserving local agency in Honolulu, the Domestic Violence Action Center. Thanks to all the walkers and others who lent their support to this effort. We look forward to another successful advocacy and fundraising event at our annual meeting in Philadelphia and will again seek to benefit a local agency.

Our annual Awards evening highlighted and recognized the outstanding international humanitarian work of AWP Past President, Mary Kay Smith, the 2011 recipient of the Jeanne S. Spurlock, M.D. Social Justice Award. Dr. Smith's international work in Zambia exemplifies the values and spirit of this prestigious award and is a model for professional leadership in successful global efforts. Dr. Herb Pardes was honored as the recipient of the Martin Symonds, M.D. Man of Good Conscience Award for 2011. Dr. Pardes, CEO of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, was lauded for his longstanding and influential efforts in recommending highly competent women for leadership roles and other professional opportunities.

With sadness, but also with many joyful memories, we celebrated the life of our dear colleague and former AWP President, Tana Grady-Weliky, in many ways at the annual meeting. The APA-AWP jointly sponsored mentoring breakfast in tribute to Dr. Grady-Weliky was overflowing with leaders from across the country who spoke of her legacy, her important contributions to academic psychiatry and psychiatric education, and her uncommon kindness. I would like to thank and acknowledge immediate APA Past President, Dr. Carol Bernstein, for all of her efforts and support of this mentoring and networking breakfast which we hope to continue as a jointly sponsored annual meeting event for our members. As a member driven organization we are dependent on you! We greatly appreciate your support and the prompt payment of your dues. For your convenience you can pay your dues via Paypal on our website.

AWP will continue to provide you with a "professional home" for networking, mentoring, exchanging ideas and referral sources, advocating for our profession and patients, and offering expertise and leadership in the field. AWP: Where Your Life Meets Your Work!





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