The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society recognized world-wide. Its over 38,000 U.S. and international member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorder, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders. It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.
The American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Annual Meeting is the largest psychiatric meeting held annually, with some 16,000 attendees expected from around the globe, most of whom are physicians from psychiatric and other mental health disciplines, including social workers and nurses. The meeting features hundreds of educational sessions and presentations on the latest research, and serves as a symbol of the Association's commitment to improved patient care through professional education. In addition to the more than 500 scientific sessions, over 200 APA component and 300 allied association meetings will be held during the APA meeting.