Member Types

Resident Fellow Member (RFM) – Physicians who have been accepted into a psychiatric residency training program that is approved by the ACGME, RCPS(C), or AOA and remain enrolled therein. Residents enrolled in a one- year primary care training program to be followed by an approved psychiatric residency are eligible for Member-in-Training status.  New APA Learning Center (For RFMs): Resident and Fellow members have free access to over 40 online courses designed to supplement and reinforce what RFMs are learning in the patient care setting and to help them prepare for the business side of medicine.  Find these and other RFM benefits at www.psychiatry.org/residents

General Member, 1st Year Post Completion (GM1) – Physicians who have completed an acceptable program of training in psychiatry, and hold either a valid license to practice medicine or hold an academic, research, or governmental position that does not require licensure and are within their first year post-residency. These members pay MPS dues at the member-in-training rate.

General Member, 2nd Year Post Completion (GM2) – Physicians who have completed an acceptable program of training in psychiatry, and hold either a valid license to practice medicine or hold an academic, research, or governmental position that does not require licensure and are within their second year post-residency. These members pay MPS dues at ½ the standard general member rate.

General Members (GM) – Physicians beyond two years post-residency who have completed an acceptable program of training in psychiatry, and hold either a valid license to practice medicine or hold an academic, research, or governmental position that does not require licensure.

Fellow – To be eligible for Fellowship, you must be a General Member for five consecutive years, have board certification, and submit three letters of reference from Fellows or Distinguished Fellows with your application.

Distinguished Fellow (DF) – Distinguished Fellows are nominated first by the MPS before being recommended for approval by the APA Membership Committee and voted upon by the Board of Trustees. Candidates for this category have to meet more comprehensive criteria, including significant achievement in several areas of psychiatry.

Distinguished Life Fellow – Member who has met all criteria to become a Distinguished Fellow and a Life Member. Membership can be classified as half time practice or more, less than half time practice or not currently practice. MPS dues are based on the member’s current level of professional activity.

Life Member (LM) – Members reach “Life” status when their age plus their total years of membership in the APA equal 95. Membership can be classified as half time practice or more, less than half time practice or not currently practice. MPS dues are based on the member’s current level of professional activity.

Affiliate Member – Affiliate Membership in MPS is open to any active voting member in good standing of a District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association. Affiliate Members receive subscriptions to our publications, The Maryland Psychiatrist, and MPS News, as well as a copy of the annual MPS Membership Directory. Affiliate Membership also includes access to MPS scientific programs offering continuing education credits required for medical license renewals.

Friend – Friends of the MPS is a category for individuals who do not meet the criteria for membership, but who share the objectives of the MPS. This includes mental health professionals, family members, advocates and anyone else who wants to support mental health in Maryland. Benefits include subscription to The Maryland Psychiatrist, discounted rates to CME programs and invitations to special members-only programs.