Guest Blog: Reflection on AWP’s 2023 Annual Meeting

In our efforts to support mental health initiatives and highlight the psychiatric programs and scholarships offered by our partners, PRMS is pleased to feature the winner of the Association of Women Psychiatrists’ (AWP) 2023 Resident Travel Award, Dr. Komal Trivedi. We invited Dr. Trivedi, a PGY-3 resident and Associate Chief Resident in the Hackensack Ocean University Medical Center in Brick, New Jersey, to be one of our guest bloggers this month and reflect on her experience attending the 2023 AWP Annual Meeting this May in San Francisco.

I am incredibly grateful and appreciative to have been selected as a recipient of the AWP Resident Travel Award, supported in part by a generous PRMS grant. It was my absolute honor to have received this sponsorship to support my attendance at the 2023 American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco. With this, I was able to lead as a presenter for workshops and a poster, learn from various networking and mentorship events, feel comfortable paying for the Annual Foundation Benefit dinner, and overall, enjoy the Annual Meeting to its fullest, including with a beautiful trip to the Japanese Tea Garden and Golden Gate Bridge. I cannot thank AWP and PRMS enough for this experience, as I know that I would not have been able to attend the conference without this support.

I would like to thank AWP’s leadership board for their incredible mentorship and sponsorship over the past year. It was lovely to meet in person after seeing them in many virtual meetings. I was especially grateful for the opportunity to work with Dr. Christina T. Khan, Dr. Silvia Olarte, and Dr. Nada Stotland on our workshops together. Hearing the stories, insights, and advice from everyone I met was such an invaluable experience. Following the conference, I am confident in my decision to pursue Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP), focusing on reproductive psychiatry.

My experience attending the meeting has meant a lot to me. AWP has been a pivotal part of my training, shaping my interest in CAP, how I view psychiatry, and what it means to be a physician and person. I feel so proud (and very welcomed!) to be part of this fantastic community of psychiatrists. I am looking forward to applying to CAP fellowships and am already planning my trip to New York City for APA's Annual Meeting next year!

L-R: Komal Trivedi, DO; Nada Stotland, MD; Trishna Narula, MD; and Maryam Zulfiqar, MD, after presenting a workshop titled, “The Heart of the Matter, ‘Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends’: Exploring Narrative Therapy and the Healing Power of Stories in Medicine.”

L-R: Amanda Koire, MD, PhD; Komal Trivedi, DO; and Mariella Suleiman, MD – trainee members of AWP

Dr. Trivedi presenting her poster regarding a complex case report on delirium


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