The Annual Meetings of the PCFA are held every fall. They start with a catered breakfast at 8:30 am followed by a business meeting open to all the PCFA membership starting at 9 AM. The meeting typically includes reports from key people about various PCFA activities. Following the meeting is the Distinguished Psychiatrist Seminar.
The 2014 annual meeting on October 18 had a new venue. It was held at the UCLA Faculty Center.
President Wayne Sandler began the proceedings using Powerpoint slides to present PCFA's mission and activities. Dr. Richard Metzner introduced the new Alex Rogawski Memorial Prize committee Chairperson, Dr. Elizabeth Nakamura. She announced the winner of the 2014 Rogawski Prize, Dr. Amandeep Jutla. Dr. Metzner awarded the 21st Century Psychiatry Prize to Dr. Neil Paterson and then showed slides illustrating new features of this website. Dr. David Sones gave the treasurer's report. Dr. Saul Faerstein described the current activities of VCFAAC, including efforts to bring emeritus status to deserving members of PCFA. Dr. Andrew Russell talked about the expanded psychotherapy program. Dr. Marge Stuber described new developments in the medical student teaching program. The highlight of the meeting was a comprehensive update on matters of importance to all of us by Dr. Peter Whybrow, Director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. Dr. Whybrow expressed strong and continuing support for the activities of PCFA. Dr. Sandler concluded the business meeting with special thanks to Executive Director Lela DeGolia for her many valuable services.
After the break, Dr. Allen Pack introduced the DPSS lecture by Dr. Salman Akhtar.