The APM has grown steadily over the past 60+ years, in both membership and mission, and in 2009, the APM Council recognized that support beyond dues and annual meeting registrations would be required for the Academy to meet the goals of its mission in the future, and that a separate, non-profit foundation could provide a vehicle for members and other supporters of APM’s mission to make tax-deductible contributions to that mission. Hence the founding of the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Foundation of the APM in 2009.
The Foundation is currently in the midst of an annual giving campaign, aiming to engage 100% of APM members in annual giving, and using that generosity and commitment of members as a base to appeal to other potential supporters. The Foundation provides a buffer between gifts and the APM, its individual members, its officers, and the content of its annual meeting, allowing ultimate support of APM’s mission without either the appearance or the reality of inappropriate influence by financial contributors.
To date, the Foundation has received over $200,000 in individual contributions, bequests, donations of book and speaker honoraria, corporate gifts, and fund-raising efforts at the annual meetings, such as raffles, silent and live auctions of donated items, and special social events. These and future donations will be used to:
APM supports the Webb Fellowship, annually awarded to up to four residents or fellows to support their growth and encourage longstanding involvement in the APM. This fellowship provides mentorship to awardees from senior members of APM and funding to attend the annual meeting; fellows complete a research project and present it at the annual meeting.
Donald Rosenstein was one of the very first Webb Fellows in 1995. He became president of APM 2011-12.
Several monetary Trainee Travel Awards are given each year to help defray the costs of attending the annual meeting. The annual meeting is one of the best ways a trainee can learn the latest in psychosomatic medicine and become acclimated to the Academy and its many benefits.
Leeza Park, 2010 Travel Award recipient and a 2011 Webb Fellow, led the PM Fellows’ listserv for two consecutive years and is now a co-chair of the Early Career Psychiatrists (ECP) SIG.
As a result of a generous contribution, fAPM provides funds for the Don R. Lipsitt Award for Achievement in Integrated and Collaborative Care. This unique award honors a mid-career psychiatrist currently making substantial contributions to the evolving field of integrated behavioral health, as demonstrated through some combination of research and scholarship, clinical care, clinical systems development, education of trainees, or health care policy.
Jeff Huffman, a 2003 Webb Fellow, was the recipient of the 2014 Lipsitt award, the first to be bestowed. Dr. Huffman is chair of the 2016 Annual Meeting Committee.
In the spirit and in honor of Wayne Katon, MD, FAPM, whose career was dedicated to clinical research, we will begin the Research Support Fund which will provide ongoing access to major researchers in our field for education and mentorship of trainees and early career members.
The new Research Support Fund is named in memory of Wayne Katon, president of APM 2012-2013. whose career was dedicated to clinical research.