Why Become An American Psychiatric Association Fellow?
Being a Fellow is an honorary designation that was created by the APA Membership Committee and Board of Trustees to recognize members who have demonstrated allegiance to their profession and commitment to the on-going work of the Association. Most members who pursue Fellow status perceive it as one of the first steps to enhancement of their professional credentials. Fellows are recognized by their colleagues in the APA as a member of a very select group and are permitted to use the FAPA designation on all of their professional documentation.
Fellow applications require review and comment from the member’s district branch/state association and approval by the APA Membership Committee and Board of Trustees. All newly appointed Fellows are publicly recognized at the Convocation of Fellows and Distinguished Fellows, which is held every year during APA’s Annual Meeting. Fellows receive a lapel pin as a symbol of their status and an embossed Fellow certificate to display in their office.