Candidate Eligibility Requirements

All candidates for the APA National Election must be currently active voting members of the APA. Voting members of the APA are of the following member classification: Resident-Fellow Member, General Member, Fellow, Distinguished Fellow, Distinguished Life Fellow, Life Fellow, Life Member. Medical Students and International Members are not eligible to run for national office.

Officers (President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer): Candidates generally have leadership and governance experience within the APA and/or other organizations as well as a demonstrated capability to undertake the specific responsibilities of an APA Officer. Candidates are vetted by the National Nominating Committee.

Trustee-at-Large: Candidates generally have leadership experience within the APA and/or other organizations. Candidates are vetted by the National Nominating Committee.

Area Trustee: Candidates must be from the respective Area open for election - Area 1: New England & Eastern Canada, Area 2: New York, Area 3: Middle Atlantic, Area 4: North Central, Area 5: South & Puerto Rico, Area 6: California, Area 7: West & Western Canada. Area Trustee candidate nominations are managed by each respective Area. Interested members should contact their respective Area representative for more information. Area Nominating Committees submit recommendations to the National Nominating Committee for consideration.

Minority/Underrepresented (MUR) Trustee: Candidates must belong to a respective caucus - American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian; Asian-American; Black; Hispanic; International Medical Graduates; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual; Women. MUR Trustee candidate nominations are managed by each respective MUR Caucus. Interested members should contact their respective MUR Caucus representative for more information or email murtrusteenoms@psych.org. MUR Trustee candidates are vetted by MUR Caucus vetting panels and the Assembly Committee of Representatives of MUR Groups who submit recommendations to the Nominating Committee for consideration.

Early Career Psychiatrist (ECP) Trustee-at-Large: Candidates must be in the first seven (7) years after becoming eligible to be a General Member; eligibility begins upon completion of training. ECP candidates are vetted by an ECP Nominating Subcommittee who submit recommendations to the National Nominating Committee for consideration. 

Resident-Fellow Member Trustee-Elect (RFMTE): Candidates must have the member classification Resident-Fellow Member (RFM). Because the RFMTE position is a two year term with the RFMTE advancing to the Resident-Fellow Member Trustee (RFMT) position after the first year, candidates must be RFMs throughout the full two year term. RFMs who are PGY-3 residents should be prepared to state their intent to continue through PGY-5. RFMTE candidates are vetted by an RFMTE Nominating Subcommittee who submit recommendations to the National Nominating Committee for consideration.

All candidates must submit a completed Disclosure of Interest & Affiliations form, after reviewing the policy, a completed Ethics Form or a RFMTE Nomination Release Form (for RFMTE nominees), a 1 page personal statement, and a 1 - 2 page curriculum vitae to election@psych.org.