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Upcoming COVID-19 Meetings, Webinars & Virtual Events

NCPA Holding Two All-Member Meetings This Week

1. Living Room Chat
Wednesday, March 25, 6:30-7:30 pm

This "living room chat" Zoom session will give NCPA members a chance to connect, discuss COVID-19 response, learn about resources being developed for psychiatrists, and share ideas for how to support each other and your patients during this difficult period. NCPA President Jennie Byrne, MD, PhD, DFAPA will host the meeting to share NCPA's efforts (as led by the NCPA Disaster Committee) and facilitate an open discussion among participants. We realize you have been bombarded with countless email and meeting requests over the past several days. We hope this will be a meaningful time for psychiatrists from across the state to "distantly socialize." Whether you have a clinical question, a practice dilemma, or simply a need to connect with your peers, this is a unique space to do so.

2. What Psychiatrists Need to Know About Telepsychiatry: An Intro to Virtual Care Webinar
Thursday, March 26, 6:30-7:30 pm

This special, one-hour webinar will focus on the technical and logistic details of setting up your practice for virtual care. Dr. Jennie Byrne and NCPA President-Elect Zach Feldman, MD, FAPA will lead this discussion on how to continue taking care of your patients by quickly moving your traditional psychiatric practice to a virtual one. NCCCAP President Therese Garrett, MDwill address the public-sector aspect of using new technology platforms. The webinar will include the basics of implementing telepsychiatry into your workflow (i.e., acquiring a platform, documentation). It will also review the recent relaxation of regulations related to COVID-19 and answer members' most need-to-know questions. The chief message is, "Now is the time to just do it!" Dr. Byrne, who previously chaired the NCPA Technology Task Force, has a wealth of knowledge in this arena. While this webinar is primarily geared to those just getting started with telepsychiatry, our community will benefit from everyone's knowledge and experience. 

Zoom Login (Same login for both meetings. No need to preregister.)

  1. By computer: For audio, you will have the option to use either your computer microphone or call in. The screen will display the call-in number and participant code. You can also use Zoom from your smartphone!
  2. By phone only: Dial 646-558-8656; Meeting ID 857-152-6347#


  • DAILY, 7:30 am: NCPA Disaster Committee: Chaired by Allan Chrisman, MD, DLFAPA, the committee is working diligently to help coordinate NCPA’s COVID-19 response efforts. On Tuesday, March 17, the committee began holding daily check-in meetings. If you are an NCPA member who would like to join these calls, please email the NCPA office to request the Zoom login details.
  • TUESDAYS, 11:00-12:00 pm: NC Division of Public Health (DPH): DPH and AHEC will hold weekly forums for health care facilities, home-based providers, and others. Forums will begin next Tuesday, 3/24 and will continue until they are no longer needed. Forums will be recorded and available to the public. Send questions for DPH to [email protected] (Questions must be received by 5:00 pm on the Sunday prior to the call.) Join via computer:; join via telephone: Dial: (646) 558-8656; ID: 988-453-520#
  • THURSDAYS, 5:30-6:30 pm: NCDHHS: In partnership with Community Care of NC (CCNC) and NC Area Health Education Centers (NCAHEC) is hosting a weekly webinar series to address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to join this webinar series, please email the NCPA office to request the registration link.
  • FRIDAYS, 12:30-1:30 pm: NCAHEC & NCDHHS Friday Forums: This forum will be held to answer questions about COVID-19. Join via this Zoom link:, or dial in from your phone using this number and access code: 1-646-558-8656; 705-979-628#

Practitioners CAN Prescribe Buprenorphine Via Telemedicine Communication

Click here to learn more from the US Department of Justice DEA Diversion Control Division: COVID-19 info page.

APA Will Not Hold Its 2020 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Plans to Support the Learning Needs of Psychiatrists Through Online Education

The 2020 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia will not take place in the wake of numerous travel restrictions and public health guidance associated with the pandemic spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The meeting was scheduled for April 25-29. In lieu of the Annual Meeting, the APA will work with speakers to develop the 2020 APA On Demand product this spring. APA is also exploring other options for delivering psychiatric education this spring.

Click here to read the full APA statement.

Renew Your Membership

Membership of the North Carolina Psychiatric Association (NCPA) and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) are up for renewal on a calendar year basis. Member dues for both NCPA and APA billed together through the APA's centralized dues billing and membership renewal processes. Members may renew in one of four ways:

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have specific question regarding your NCPA member benefits. Thank you for your continued NCPA and APA membership!

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