Sacramento, California: Dr. Robert McCarron, dually-trained physician in internal medicine and psychiatry, has once again proven himself to be a visionary for the role of collaboration in optimizing the care of patients. Running on a five-point platform of strong advocacy for patients and the psychiatric profession, enforcing existing mental health parity law, optimizing patient safety, advocating for psychiatrists’ role in medicine, and listening to and reacting to the members of the California Psychiatric Association, Dr. McCarron won the statewide election and will begin his term as President of the California Psychiatric Association in May, 2016. Also known as Area 6 of the American Psychiatric Association, the CPA comprises over 3500 members.
Dr. McCarron completed his dual residency in internal medicine and psychiatry at Rush University. During his time on faculty at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine he has started the only California based combined internal medicine-psychiatry residency program and has worked to advocate for better educational opportunities for psychiatrists and internists, all in service of his larger goal of providing better patient care. He has received recognition for his national leadership and expertise in cross disciplinary medical / psychiatric integrated education from the UC Davis School of Medicine Vice Chancellor; the American College of Physicians; the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry; and the American Psychiatric Association.
A collaborator and motivator, Dr. McCarron urges AMP members to become APA members, too: “This is the only way AMP can officially become an allied organization with the APA.” The mission of providing better integrated healthcare starts with better education, and inter-society collaboration will promote further growth in combined training programs.