March 17, 2023

The Private Psychiatrist's Toolkit: Podcasts, Conferences, Newsletters, and Learning Communities to Elevate Your Practice

Written by

Carlene MacMillan, M.D.

As a private practice psychiatrist, you’re not just a mental health and medical expert but also an entrepreneur forging your own path.  It can feel like you’re alone on “private practice island.”

Transitioning from academia or hospitals to private practice, you must intentionally:

  • keep up with cutting-edge treatments
  • improve your practice management
  • build meaningful connections with colleagues

Here are some of our top psychiatry communities, podcasts, newsletters, and conferences to enrich your private practice journey and cultivate a community of like-minded professionals.

Online Communities for Psychiatrists

There are several online communities that connect psychiatrists to share knowledge, create community, and have informal conversations. Here are a few you may want to check out:

Psychiatry Network

A Facebook group with 13,500 members, this group describes itself as “the largest group of psychiatrists in one place on Facebook. This is an inclusive group of psychiatrists and psychiatry residents for chatting, learning, networking, and mental health advocacy.”

Women’s Psychiatry Group (WPG)

A Facebook group for women in psychiatry, for support, learning, and networking with 5,900+ members.

Osmind Practice Community

For Osmind EHR customers, owning a solo practice doesn't mean you have to go it alone. Osmind provides a supportive online community of like-minded psychiatry clinicians and staff, helps you stay informed with live events, and offers clinician office hours to help you keep your skills sharp. Osmind’s community of private practice clinicians is unique in that they are focused both on clinical and business success, and regular offer live video sessions.

American Psychiatry Association (APA) Communities

APA Communities host online discussions for APA members. Discussion groups and topics range widely.

Psychiatry Conferences

Conferences are an amazing opportunity to meet other psychiatry practitioners and learn about emerging research and trends. Some conferences that Osmind has attended include:

American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting

The APA annual meeting offers opportunities to “hear from experts on emerging trends and research, connect with old and new colleagues from around the world, and earn CME and MOC credits for your continuing practice.”

AACAP / Annual Meeting

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is a professional organization dedicated to promoting the healthy development of children, adolescents, and their families through research, training, advocacy, and the dissemination of information related to child and adolescent mental health.

Clinical TMS Society / Annual Meeting

The Society includes TMS providers with extensive clinical and research experience from across the United States and the world. The Society hopes to assist members in optimizing the administration of TMS, develop novel indications for TMS therapy, expand insurance coverage, increase public awareness of TMS, and advertise individual TMS clinics. They include live events and webinars for continuning education in topics surrounding TMS. Their annual meeting welcomes international guests and speakers.

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Annual Conference

Join MAPS and the global psychedelic community for “the largest psychedelic gathering in history.” A great way to learn amount the growing presence of psychedelics in psychiatry.

American Society of Ketamine Physicians, Psychotherapists, & Practitioners (ASKP3) Annual Conference

ASKP3 is a non-profit group of professionals dedicated to the safe clinical use of Ketamine for mental health disorders and pain conditions. If your practice offers Ketamine, or if it’s something you’re considering offering, this is a great place to learn more about the science and practice policies.

Mental Health and Psychiatry Podcasts

Podcasts are a great way to stay up to date while on the go. Here are some that especially focus on emerging science:

Scientific Journal Podcasts

Numerous scientific journals interview authors of recent innovative articles, including:

The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

each episode dives into a specific study or topic published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, discussing its implications and potential impact on the field.

JAMA Psychiatry

The JAMA Psychiatry Podcast brings you the most relevant and cutting-edge research, clinical practice, and policy discussions from the world of psychiatry.

American Journal of Psychiatry

Each episode, hosted by the American Journal of Psychiatry's editors, delves into an article or topic from the journal, featuring interviews with authors, expert commentary, and thought-provoking discussions on the implications of the research.

Conversational Podcasts

If you’re in the mood for something more conversational, check out:

The Psychiatrists Guide

Hosted by experienced clinicians, the podcast covers a wide range of topics, from clinical challenges and best practices to career development and work-life balance.

Huberman Lab

Hosted by neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Huberman, explores the fascinating world of neuroscience, with a special focus on practical applications for mental health, performance, and well-being.

Private Practice Podcasts

Get actionable tips about practice management. Check out:

Psychiatric Advances

Features interviews with leading experts, researchers, and clinicians who share their knowledge and insights on emerging treatments, diagnostic tools, and research findings.

Thriving in Private Practice 

Covers essential topics such as marketing, business strategies, networking, ethical considerations, and work-life balance.

Quick Takes

Quick, easily digestible insights into the latest research, trends, and practical applications in the field.

The Practice of Therapy

With a focus on both clinical and business aspects of running a practice, this podcast aims to help mental health professionals develop the skills and knowledge needed for long-term success.

Private Practice Elevation

Covers a wide range of topics to help you grow your practice, from website design and SEO to social media marketing and client retention.

Practice of the Practice

Offers practical advice, expert interviews, and inspiring stories from successful practitioners.

Coming soon: The “Psychiatry Tomorrow” Podcast by Osmind

Your go-to resource for staying at the forefront of the rapidly evolving field of mental health care. We discuss breakthrough treatments in mental health and psychiatry research, including new developments in measurement-based care, neuroimaging, wearables, psychopharmacology, and policies that shape clinical practice.

Join us on this exciting journey to discover what's next in mental health care.

Psychiatry Newsletters

Lastly, newsletters can be a great medium to quickly “skim” to headlines and get a feel for what’s top of mind for organizations you trust. Some common psychiatry newsletters include:

Psychiatry at the Margins

Exploring critical, philosophical, and scientific debates in psychiatric practice and the psy-sciences.

The Carlat Report

The Carlat Report offers paid newsletters that cover new research in psychiatry and includes free CME opportunities. They offer five newsletter types: Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry, Addiction Treatment, Hospital Psychiatry, and Geriatric Psychiatry.

The Frontier Psychiatrists

Owen Scott Muir, M.D writes things about health and its care and how that is different from healthcare. His newsletter incorporates psychiatry and it's relationship to current trends in health tech, regulation, and the disparate facets of mental health care in our world today.

Two Docs and a Stack

Two physicians' musings on all things psychiatry, mental health, and digital health.

Osmind’s "Psychiatry Tomorrow" Newsletter

In Osmind’s free newsletter, I and another prominent psychiatrist Dr. Alison McInnes, MD, MS include blog posts and research especially relevant for solo or small psychiatry providers, and practices that are curious to learn more about the next frontier in psychiatry. We cover the emerging frontier in psychiatry — from innovative treatments and bite-sized research digests, to tactical strategies to start and grow a future-proof private mental health practice.

News & Professional Organizations

Numerous news & professional organizations offer newsletters including:

The Psychiatric Times

The Psychiatric Times is a leading multimedia platform and publication that provides mental health professionals with up-to-date information, news, and insights on various aspects of psychiatry and mental health care. The platform offers a wide range of resources, including articles, podcasts, videos, and continuing medical education (CME) courses, covering topics such as clinical practice, research findings, policy updates, and ethical issues.

The American Psychiatry Association

It goes without saying, but The American Psychiatric Association is the largest and most prominent professional organization dedicated to psychiatrists and the field of psychiatry in the United States. The APA provides a range of resources and opportunities for professional development, including conferences, publications, and online courses.

In conclusion, navigating private practice psychiatry can be challenging, but you don't have to face it alone. Utilize online communities, conferences, podcasts, and newsletters to stay informed, connected, and supported in your journey.

This is the last article in our 7-article “starting your private practice series.” Thank you for coming along this journey with us! Now that you’ve established your practice, you may be interested in our “Grow Your Psychiatry Private Practice Series” to learn how to establish an online presence to keep your practice thriving.

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