Psychiatric Association of Turkey
Annual Meeting and 1st International 25th National Clinical Education Symposium of Psychiatric Association of Turkey

INVITATION LETTER

Dear Colleagues,

We are looking forward to meeting with you at the Annual Meeting and 1st International 25th National Clinical Education Symposium of the Psychiatric Association of Turkey, which will be organized at the international level as of this year. In the invitation letter of the 24th Clinical Education Symposium, which we had organized during a period when congresses were completely online due to the pandemic, we said, ”Maybe, we will not be able to sit at the same table; maybe, we will not be able to listen to the sea sound together; maybe, we will not be able to embrace each other yearningly; however, we will hear and see each other and learn from each other” and asked, ”Is your computer updated? Do you have enough quota? Is the coffee ready? Is your chair comfortable?”. At the 57th National Psychiatric Congress, which we organized with your valuable contribution and participation on 20-24 October 2021, we benefited from the advantages of online meetings as well as sharing the same environment physically and thus, the National Psychiatric Congress was held hybrid for the first time. We could complete the congress without risking our colleagues’ lives who attended physically owing to the taken measures. We also exerted efforts to convey the excitement and joy of the congress to our colleagues who preferred to attend online, by offering them the option to watch all sessions in a hall. Thus, we have switched from congresses organized entirely online during the pandemic to hybrid congresses.

As a result of our experiences, we have decided to organize the Clinical Education Symposium, the meeting of continuing education and professional development from residency to retirement, once again as a hybrid on 19-22 May. We will organize the Symposium in such a way to sit at the same table, listen to the sea sound together and embrace each other with our eyes, if not with our arms, with our colleagues preferring to attend physically in Çeşme Altın Yunus Hotel, and in such a way that our colleagues preferring to attend online will be able to watch all the sessions in two halls through their computers. We would like to underline for our colleagues who submit event suggestions that all speakers need to be present in the halls physically.

We would like to put efficacy and effectiveness in treatments at the focus of the Annual Meeting and 1st International 25th National Clinical Education Symposium of Psychiatric Association of Turkey in accordance with your feedback and the time in which debates regarding the efficacy of vaccines remain on the agenda. Our Working Units will prepare their suggestions accordingly and our Scientific Organizing Board will design the sessions. We will be together in the halls with our HES (Life Fits into Home) codes, vaccine certificates or PCR test results by following mask and distance rules or in front of screens at homes, hospitals, services, or clinics; however, we will listen, speak, discuss all together and learn from each other as always in either way. We dream of creating environments that can be accessed by online participants in front of screens as well, where our working units on scientific and professional subjects will meet, have exciting discussions, and plan joint studies and enthusiasts will meet with experts apart from the sessions and with the opportunity offered by the large garden of Altın Yunus Hotel, these activities can sometimes be held outdoor.

What will happen in the congress? Utilizing the experiences that we gained at the 57th National Psychiatry Congress with an intense scientific program and high participation in the Clinical Education Symposium, we strive to have a meeting where our attendants will leave happy and satisfied. We have noted your valuable suggestions and reproaches as well as the congratulations and compliments in the NPC feedback. As the Central Executive Board and Scientific Meetings Organizing Board, we have exerted efforts to design the symposium by considering all of them. Now, it is our turn all together: Let us design the 25th National Clinical Education Symposium all together, which promotes Science in Solidarity with International participation and Ethical sensitivity.

Hope to see you at the Annual Meeting and 1st International 25th National Clinical Education Symposium of Psychiatric Association of Turkey...

Koray Başar
Psychiatric Association of Turkey
President

Gamze Özçürümez Bilgili
Psychiatric Association of Turkey
Chairperson of Congress Organization Board

 

 

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