I decided not to renew my membership in the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (ACLP) this year. Today I received formal notice of membership cancellation, along with an exit survey which felt more like a personal letter promising to welcome me back if only I would change my mind.
I remember first becoming a member at the suggestion of a senior colleague. I think that was back in 2001, just a couple of years before the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) approved Psychosomatic Medicine (PM) as the newest of the seven subspecialties of Psychiatry.
As of the middle of this month, the name ACLP will supplant PM as the name of the specialty, which is the way it always should have been.
On the exit survey I marked “retired” as the only reason for not renewing. There were many possible answers offered on the survey, several indicative of some kind of dissatisfaction. Retirement was the only one that fit for me.
I also indicated that I had been unable to attend any annual meetings for several years because of my hectic schedule as a consultation-liaison psychiatrist. This was a special irony since I had in years past always felt these meetings helped me recharge my batteries.
I guess my batteries just ran down.
I also expressed my gratitude to the ACLP for the wonderful meetings which I had enjoyed and which taught me so much.
It was really about the learning which meant so much to me as a teacher to so many trainees over the years.
I got into the habit of taking what I called “the group picture” in the last few years. I have so many now. Most were in the setting of the Clinical Problems in Consultation Psychiatry (CPCP) meetings I tried so hard to schedule during the busy clinical rotations on the consult service. Often I recommended they consider membership in the ACLP.
As any reader of my blog knows, pictures mean a lot to me. None are more dear to me than the images of all the learners I’ve had the privilege to learn from and to teach a little.
“When you learn, teach, when you get, give”–Maya Angelou.
The pictures are so beautiful to me. I can’t favor any one of them over any others and I’m sorry if I missed any.