APM Membership Advantages

Benefits at a Glance
Membership Categories
How to Apply
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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:

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.

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 Live 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 Committees.

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 particular focus.

For more information about the special and focused interest groups, see APM Special Interest Groups (SIGs).

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.

Academy Newsletter

Published twice a year, the Academy Newsletter provides concise information and updates about Academy projects, members, and events. Academy members receive the Newsletter in the mail and have access to its PDF file on the website.

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

APM Membership Categories

How to Apply

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

The application process generally takes eight weeks after a review by the Membership Committee, 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.