Addressing Racism in Psychiatric Care
2021 WSPA Spring Conference
May 15, 2021

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About the Event

In today's world where things are changing on a daily basis and what you did yesterday doesn't necessarily fit today, we know it can be hard to just keep up with your daily tasks. That's why we've made this year's WSPA Virtual Spring Conference & Annual Meeting more accessible than ever! 

Join us where you can learn new skills, connect with colleagues and earn CME credits. Best of all you can attend from anywhere in the world without leaving the comfort of your home or office!

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and Washington State Psychiatric Association. The APA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The planners and presenters for this activity have no disclosures.

Designation: The APA designates this live activity for a maximum of AMA PRA Category 1Credits (TM). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Registration Fees

Members | $125
Non-Members | $195
Resident Members | Complimentary
Resident Non-Members | $30


Take a peek at our schedule and see what is in store. 

Ruth Shim, MD, MPH

Ruth Shim, MD, MPH is the Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Calfornia, Davis. She also serves as Associate Dean of Diverse and Inclusive Education at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. 

Dr. Shim received an MPH in health policy from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and an MD from Emory University School of Medicine. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Association for Community Psychiatry. She serves on the Research And Evaluation Committee of the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. 

She serves on the Editorial Boards of JAMA Psychiatry, Psychiatric Services, Community Mental Health Journal, and American Psychiatric Publishing, and is co-editor of the books, The Social Determinants of Mental Health, and the recently published, Social (In)Justice and Mental Health. She is a former fellow of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program, and an at-large member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders. Dr. Shim’s research focuses on mental health disparities and inequities, and she provides clinical psychiatric care in the UC Davis Early Diagnosis and Preventative Treatment (EDAPT) Clinic.



Francis Lu, MD, DLFAPA

Francis G. Lu, MD, is the Luke & Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry, Emeritus, at the University of California, Davis.  As a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Dr. Lu has contributed to the areas of cultural psychiatry including the interface with religion/spirituality, psychiatric education, diversity/inclusion, mental health equity, and psychiatry/film. He has presented at every APA Annual Meeting since 1984. He was awarded APA Special Presidential Commendations in both 2002 and 2016 for his contributions to cultural psychiatry and in 2020, he received the APA Distinguished Service Award. In 2008, the American Psychiatric Foundation awarded him an Advancing Minority Mental Health Award, and the Association for Academic Psychiatry awarded him its Lifetime Achievement in Education Award. In 2020, the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2021, the American College of Psychiatrists awarded him its Distinguished Service Award. 

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Educational Objectives:

  1. Definite the term structural racism. List two ways in which organized psychiatry has contributed to and perpetuated structural racism. 
  2. Define the term microaggression. Name one example of interpersonal racism in psychiatric care 
  3. Be able to find the cultural formulations interview on the web.
  4. Make a commitment to incorporating cultural formulations into your own patient care.

Annual Meeting

Stay tuned after the speakers, grab some lunch, and join us for our annual meeting. 

Thank you to our featured sponsor: 
American Professional Agency, Inc.


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