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Guest Blog: New York County Psychiatric Society Meet & Greet

 


As a part of PRMS’ partnership with NYCPS, Executive Director Meagan O’Toole is a featured author on the PRMS Blog this month!

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The 2016 New York County Psychiatric Society Meet & Greet is back September 8th at the Boat Basin Café in Manhattan. The annual event has become a staple of the New York City psychiatry scene, with over 100 psychiatrists attending last year to meet new colleagues and socialize with old friends while admiring the beautiful views of the Hudson River.

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Attendees enjoying the BBQ and a Hudson River sunset

The event, one of NYCPS’ most popular every year, is sponsored by PRMS, manager of a medical malpractice professional liability insurance program for psychiatrists. The informal mix and mingling was kicked up a notch two years ago when a bingo-like game was added to the evening. The game has proven to be a big hit, encouraging attendees to get to know more about each other and NYCPS, while allowing everyone to show a bit of their competitive sides (a free iPad is on the line after all) in a fun and casual atmosphere.

But the best thing about the event? NYCPS President Dr. Daniel Safin says it is “the sense of community and camaraderie that is present.” He adds that it is the perfect opportunity to catch up with colleagues who work in different clinical settings and to “get a sense of what is going well and where the challenges are in our field.”

Dr. Jose Vito (center) says his favorite part of the event is catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.

Dr. Jose Vito (center) says his favorite part of the event is catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.

For people new to the field or new to the area, the event is a great introduction to the NYC psychiatric community. With thousands of psychiatrists working in Manhattan alone, it can be difficult to meet people in other specialties or overwhelming for residents to network with psychiatrists outside of their programs. As Dr. Jose Vito, Immediate Past President of NYCPS, points out, “attending the event is a great way to network and meet mentors for residents and doctors at all stages of their careers.”

Thanks to the PRMS sponsorship, this event is free for all NYCPS members and just $10 for APA members of other District Branches. For more information, or to register to attend, you can click here. We look forward to seeing you on September 8th!

Meagan O’Toole has served as the Executive Director of NYCPS since 2013.

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