The WPA Early Career Psychiatrists section was proposed in late 2014 by a group of ECPs who were actively involved in their respective national associations and who yearned for a forum which allowed ECPs to network, collaborate, research and in turn provide a high standard of care to their patients. ECPs from different parts of the world were approached to ensure worldwide representation and in 2015, the WPA Executive Committee officially approved the section. One of the advantages of having such a section was to ensure the autonomy of ECPs within the WPA under the umbrella of guidance and advice of their senior colleagues when needed. The main purpose of the section is to promote networking and enhance professional exchange among ECPs worldwide by acting as a medium that unites different ECPs associations and allow ECPs from countries that lack such associations to communicate and collaborate with their counterparts globally.
The first (and current) board of the section includes Chair: Hussien Elkholy (Egypt), Co-chair: Florian Riese (Switzerland), Secretary: Felipe Picon (Brazil) , Board members: Mariana Pinto da Costa (Portugal), Takashi Nakamae (Japan) and Prashanth Puspanathan (Australia).
The section has been very active since its establishment. From the beginning, the section had EFPT as an important partner in its development, having two of the section board members who were past chairs of the EFPT and many section members from the EFPT as well. Besides the EFPT, the section collaborated with other associations; with the hallmark of 2016 being the collaboration with the Young Psychiatrists Network, ECPs Council of the EPA and different ECPs associations to organize the 2nd Congress of ECPs in Athens. Moreover, the section had activities in several international and national events.
Within the WPA, the section has collaborated with other sections as well; producing reports on undergraduate education, and organizing training events for ECPs.
One of the major achievements of the section is having regular newsletters; which help keep ECPs informed about future events, activities and fellowships and, also, allow different ECPs association and individuals to share their work and raise their professional profile internationally. The section also published a review article on different ECPs associations, which can be reached through this link.
The section has been steadily growing since its inception and by the time of this report, has reached around a hundred members.
For 2017, the section has plans for research projects, participation in the World Congress in Berlin, and other smaller events to be announced later.
We certainly hope, with the continuous efforts and hard work of our members, that the section will continue to grow and provide the perfect environment for ECPs to network, collaborate and prosper with different ECPs associations partnering with us and more active individuals joining.
Further information about the section, the board, aims and how to join can be found on the WPA website.
On behalf of the section board
Chair WPA ECPs section