Early Career Resources

After finishing residency or a fellowship, starting out as a practicing psychiatrist is an exciting time.  You continue to develop your identity as a physician and have many new opportunities to explore. It can also be challenging as you deal with business aspects and navigate your career.  MPS and APA are ready to help members during this transition!  Following are some useful resources.  If you have additional needs, please contact the MPS for assistance.

Expand your Presence in the Maryland Psychiatric Community

Enhance your Credentials

Become an APA Fellow

Fellow status (FAPA) is an honor that enhances your professional credentials and reflects your dedication to the psychiatric profession.  Dues rates remain the same.  The annual application deadline is September 1 each year.  Visit the APA website for more details and a link to the application.

ECP Best Paper Award

Gain recognition for outstanding scholarship via the annual MPS “best paper” awards.  Previous winners are listed here.  The Academic Psychiatry Committee awards cash prizes to winners.  Click here for eligibility, deadlines, etc.

Find New Career Opportunities

Each issue of MPS News includes current openings for psychiatrists in the state.   The newsletter is emailed to all members at the beginning of every month.  The MPS website also has positions available.

For help with employment contracts, consider Stephen Kaufman, J.D., who presented to MPS members on this topic.  The AMA offers tips in this post and PRMS has a tip sheet here.

Receive Patient Referrals

Opt in to patient referrals from the MPS office and directory referral listing (email mps@mdpsych.org or update via your MPS member account)

Opt in to be included on the MPS website list of members who are actively taking new patients.

Reach Out to Your MPS Colleagues

Curbside Conversations

MPS members with in-depth knowledge in specific areas are available for informal chats about your clinical questions, etc.  These discussions are not formal consultations, but rather a collegial resource that is offered voluntarily, exclusively to others in the MPS community.  Click here for more details.

Participate in MPS Meetings and Events

Each year the MPS offers a variety of ways for members to connect, learn and socialize.  Please check the meeting calendar for upcoming CME and networking opportunities or watch your email for for registration information.

Check out these tips for Finding Supervision.


Check Out Practice Resources

Transition to Practice & Early Career Resources from the APA

This APA webpage offers information for the following categories:  Business of Medicine, Lifelong Learning, Practice Trends, Networking, and Career Development.

MPS Practice Resources

This section of the MPS website has information on licensure, the PDMP, practice guidelines, payer information, risk management and much more.

Grow Your Skill Set

The Physician Leadership Program has these modules:

  • Career Development and Negotiation
  • Leadership Theory
  • Influence and Working Within a System
  • Fiscal Management in Healthcare
  • Quality Improvement and Leading Change


Reach out to MPS staff if you don’t see what you’re looking for.  Email mps@mdpsych.org for assistance.