The Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association is the professional association in the state of Ohio that focuses exclusively on the needs of physicians who specialize in psychiatry. The OPPA addresses all aspects of psychiatric care and includes public, academic and private practice psychiatrists, as well as psychiatric residents.

Why Belonging as a Member of Your Professional Organization is Important

  • The OPPA maintains a strong voice in the Ohio Legislature and state regulatory agencies - advocating for the profession and our patients
  • The OPPA provides representation of psychiatry at the Ohio State Medical Association
  • The OPPA participates and provides leadership in coalitions with other mental health professionals, patient and family groups in advocating for access to quality care, ending stigma and discrimination against patients and psychiatric treatments
  • The OPPA provides education about psychiatric disorders by working with the news media and disseminating information to patients/consumers, family members and the general public
  • The OPPA offers quality CME programs through scientific meetings
  • The OPPA represents Ohio psychiatrists in matters before the American Psychiatric Association
  • The OPPA provides you the opportunity to have input and participation through committees and local OPPA chapters

The OPPA is your advocate and your representative in these challenging times. Without a strong and unified organization, who else will advocate for the interests of psychiatry?

Qualifications for Membership

The APA and the OPPA are organizations composed primarily of medical specialists who are qualified, or in the process of becoming qualified, as psychiatrists. The basic eligiblity requirement is completion of a residency program (or currently enrolled in an accredited residency training program) in psychiatry accredited by the Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPS), or the American Osteopathic Assocation (AOA). Applicants for membership must also hold a valid medical license (exception: hold an academic, research or governmental position that does not require licensure), and provide one reference who is an APA member.

The APA has a dual membership requirement whereby APA members must also be members of the district branch within whose jurisdiction they reside or practice. Likewise, to be an OPPA member, you must also be a member of the APA.

Categories of Membership

Resident-Fellow Member (RFM): Physicians who have been accepted into a psychiatric residency training program that is approved by the ACGME, RCPS, or AOA and remain enrolled therein. Residents enrolled in a one-year primary care training program to be followed by an approved psychiatric residency are eligible for Resident-Fellow Member status.


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How to Apply

If you wish to apply for membership in the OPPA and the APA or would like more information, please contact us at:

Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association
PO Box 400
Dublin, OH 43017
(614) 763-0040


Call the APA Office of Membership at (703) 907-7300

APA Membership

OPPA/APA On-line General Membership Application (APA website)

Resident-Fellow Member On-line Application (APA website)