To Peak resource use in California: April 17
Flattening is working!!
We are in frightening times for ourselves and our patients. The graphic to the left is from covid19.healthdata.org and projects hospital/ICU bed needs and mortality associated with the pandemic through our country and by individual state. With the governor's shelter in place order, the good news is that we are flattening the curve and are not projected to have the shortages and resultant loss of life New York is experiencing.
The California Psychiatric Association has formed a COVID-19 Task Force and revamped their web page to provide psychiatrists in California with the information they and their patients need to manage this unprecedented health care crisis in our world. Please visit calpsych.org for important information updates on the practice of psychiatry in California. Please make suggestions and ask questions.
Together we're stronger.
I am a physician specialized in Psychiatry and Family Medicine. I believe that the safety of our patients requires that we be vigilant and diligent in the practice of our specialty and the regulation of those who are also privileged to work with some of the most vulnerable people in our society. The California Psychiatric Association and American Psychiatric Association provide our members with a voice in the regulation of the practice of medicine in our state and nation and assists in the dissemination of information and care for those individuals with mental illness. As a physician bridging between primary care and psychiatry, I am comfortable working with individuals and groups with different priorities and perspectives and strive to find the common ground and the way forward. It is clear that there is no CPA without the District Branches and I am committed to listening to individual members, their representatives to CPA Council, and building consensus to move our organization forward according to the members’ wishes. I seek to find out how CPA can be helpful to District Branches as well. Our District Branch members entrust CPA with the execution of what they may not have the time/energy/expertise to individually do—upholding and advocating for the quality of care that our patients deserve and so desperately need. I am committed to honoring that trust and ensuring that our organization executes that mission. My membership and relationships with medical societies, combined with a collaborative style make me an excellent coalition-builder with our colleagues in the House of Medicine. I have managed programs with tens of thousands to several million dollar budgets, and my goal is always the same: do things as efficiently as possible. As President-Elect and President, I will work with the Treasurer and rest of Executive Council to ensure that CPA is spending members’ money wisely. My years on the Council have given me a comprehensive understanding of the CPA budget. My multiple leadership experiences working within complex systems qualify me to work with our diverse group of District Branches to effectively and efficiently accomplish our members’ goals. I am committed to open and transparent communication, consensus building, and thoughtful action that is consistent with our values and goals. I thank you for your confidence in making me your next CPA President-Elect.