Welcome to the Ontario District Branch

The Ontario District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association (ODBAPA) is one of over 70 affiliated branch societies, with ties to the APA as well as to local psychiatric networks. Joining the ODB gives one a dual membership, and the district-level dues help sponsor local meetings, Salons, and conferences.

The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society recognized worldwide. Its physician members in the US, Canada, and internationally work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including intellectual disability and substance-related disorders. The APA is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry.

As a member of the APA, you become part of the world’s largest psychiatric membership organization with over 35,000 physicians specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness. Becoming a member of the APA signals your commitment to the highest standards of psychiatric care and gives you access to many opportunities for career growth, education, networking, and more.

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Register Now to Vote for Leaders of APA’s Minority and Underrepresented Caucuses

APA members have formed seven Minority and Underrepresented (M/UR) Caucuses, which provide networking opportunities, advance treatment of minority patient populations, advocate for minority mental health issues, provide representation in APA governance, and foster communication among members who share interests. To vote in the upcoming elections of the leaders of these caucuses, APA members must join their desired caucus and select their voting caucus by April 30.

These caucuses are free and open to all APA members who are interested in topics concerning psychiatrists or patients belonging to the following seven groups: American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiians, Asian Americans, Blacks, Hispanics, LBGTQ members, International Medical Graduates, and Women.

While APA members may join more than one caucus, APA members can vote for the leadership of only one caucus. If you are an APA member who is already a registered caucus member, you must still select the caucus in which you wish to vote. To join a caucus or update your caucus membership, please log in to your member profile. Details on the nominations and election processes will be provided to caucus members who register by April 30.

For more information on the caucus leadership positions that will be open for election, check out the Minority and Underrepresented (M/UR) Caucus Elections webpage or contact Omar Davis of the APA Division of Diversity and Health Equity at odavis@psych.org.

APA MindGames 2024

Are you a jeopardy fan?? Interested in attending the American Psychiatric Association (APA) conference in New York next May 4-8 2024?

The APA Ontario Branch is looking to create a team of interested individuals to represent the University of Toronto in the next MindGames at next year’s APA Conference.  MindGames, APA’s national residency team competition, is a fun way for residents to test their knowledge on patient care, medical knowledge, and psychiatric history while earning bragging rights for their program.

Here’s a link to more information which includes a video recording from last year’s MindGames: https://www.psychiatry.org/residents-medical-students/residents/mindgames

If interested in being a contestant, please send me an email at Sabrina.Agnihotri@mail.utoronto.ca.

We plan to host an event this September to test out our Jeopardy knowledge and pick a team! All are welcome to come to this social event, however, those competing will need to be APA members as that is a requirement to participate in MindGames. That being said – your first year membership to APA is free!  https://www.psychiatry.org/join

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