The Illinois Psychiatric Society (IPS) is the professional society in the state of Illinois that focuses exclusively on the needs of physicians who specialize in psychiatry. IPS addresses all aspects of psychiatric care and includes public, academic and private practice psychiatrists, as well as psychiatric residents. IPS is the Illinois district branch of the American Psychiatric Association (APA.)
Why Belonging as a Member of Your Professional Organization is Important
- IPS maintains a strong voice in the Illinois Legislature and state regulatory agencies - advocating for the profession and our patients
- IPS provides representation of psychiatry at the Illinois State Medical Association.
- IPS participates and provides leadership in coalitions with other mental health professionals, patient and family groups in advocating for access to quality care, ending stigma and discrimination against patients and psychiatric treatments.
- IPS provides education about psychiatric disorders by working with the news media and disseminating information to patients/consumers, family members, and the general public.
- IPS offers quality educational and networking programs.
- IPS represents Illinois psychiatrists in matters before the American Psychiatric Association.
- IPS provides members with the opportunity to have input and participation through committees and task forces.
IPS is your advocate and your representative in these challenging times. Without a strong and unified organization, who else will advocate for the interests of psychiatry?
Qualifications for Membership
The APA and the IPS are organizations composed primarily of medical specialists who are qualified, or in the process of becoming qualified, as psychiatrists. The basic eligiblity requirement is completion of a residency program (or currently enrolled in an accredited residency training program) in psychiatry accredited by the Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPS), or the American Osteopathic Assocation (AOA). Applicants for membership must also hold a valid medical license (exception: hold an academic, research or governmental position that does not require licensure), and provide one reference who is an APA member.
The APA has a dual membership requirement whereby APA members must also be members of the district branch within whose jurisdiction they reside or practice. Likewise, to be an IPS member, you must also be a member of the APA. Dual memberships are processed through APA.
Membership Categories and Benefits:
General Members (GM) are practicing psychiatrists who have completed an acceptable residency training program in psychiatry, and hold either a vaild license to practice medicine or an academic, research, or governmental position that does not require licensure.
Resident-Fellow Members (RFM) are physicans who have been accepted into a psychiatric residency trainng program that is approved by the ACGME, RCPS(C), or AOA and remain enrolled therin.
Distinguished Fellowship Members (DF) are general members who have been awarded with the national honor by APA. They have made and continue to make signigficant contributions to the profession and community. DF members must be members for at least 8 consecutive years.
Fellow Members (FE) are general members who have been awarded nationally by APA. Members who need to meet the less stringent criteria than Distinguished Fellowship, must be a member for at least 5 consecutive years.
Life Members (LM) are determined by a combination of age, years of membership and contributions to the psychiatric profession.
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