Categories of Membership
Joint Membership Requirement: Please note that there is a joint membership requirement with the American Psychiatric Association. All applications for membership and changes in membership status must be approved by both organizations. Each organization has its own dues structures and benefits. For information on the APA dues structure, call 1-888-357-7924 or check their website at http://www.psych.org.
Medical Student Members is for physicians in training who are enrolled in a school of medicine or a school of osteopathic medicine. Membership dues are waived.
Resident Fellow Members (RFM) is for physicians who have been accepted into and are active in an approved psychiatric residency training program. The first year of APA dues for RFM is waived.
General Members is for physicians who have completed an acceptable program of training in psychiatry and hold either a valid license to practice medicine in West Virginia or hold an academic, research, or government position that does not require licensure.
Fellows - Being a Fellow is an honorary designation to recognize early career members who have demonstrated allegiance to their profession and commitment to the on-going work of the Association. Members who qualify for Fellow status are notified by the APA, application made to the APA , and are approved by the APA membership committee and APA Board of Trustees.
Distinguished Fellows are nominated by the WVPA Fellowship Committee. These members have been general members for at least eight years and shall have made a significant contribution to the field of psychiatry. The criteria and procedures for nomination of general members for distinguished fellowship follows the APA guidelines and are available by contacting the WVPA office.
Life Members and Life Fellows are those in their respective categories whose years of active membership in the APA and WVPA plus age at the start of the fiscal year shall equal ninety-five. Membership dues are pro-rated.
Inactive Members and Inactive Fellows are members whom the WVPA Membership Committee and Council along with the APA have, for sufficient reason, been excused for paying dues and shall not receive credit toward the number of years of active membership required for Life status for those years of inactive status.