Participation in Professional Associations

ParkerAward.jpgAs a department, we believe it is essential for physicians to participate in professional medical associations.  At a time with so many changes in the delivery of healthcare on a federal, state, and local level, it is critical that we add our voices in advocating for our patients so that we can influence the decisions that will affect us in the future.  Faculty, fellows, residents, and medical students who are interested in becoming involved in organized medicine will receive support and encouragement in pursuing leadership positions.

We have been proud to have our residents as part of the American Psychiatric Association 100% Club since 2009.  We are currently one of only nine Platinum Level programs in the country!



Current Departmental Leadership Positions


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American Psychiatric Association

Mark Haygood, DO 
  • Area 5 Early-career Psychiatrist Representative to the Assembly
  • APA Assembly Early Career Psychiatrist Chair

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Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association

Sandra Parker, MD
  • Immediate Past President
  • Ethics Committee
  • Newsletter Committee
J. Luke Engeriser, MD 
  • President Elect
  • Education Committee
  • Newsletter Committee
Mark Haygood, DO
  • Treasurer
W. Bogan Brooks, MD
  • Distinguished Fellow Committee
J. Clint Moore, DO
  • Early Career Psychiatrist Committee
  • Public Affairs Committee
David Benavidez, MD
  • Social Media Committee
Paul O'Leary, MD
  • APA Region 5 Deputy Representative


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American Medical Association

Christina Talerico, MD
  • Resident and Fellows Section Representative to the AMA Women Physicians Section Governing Council 


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Medical Association of the State of Alabama

Ronald Franks, MD
  • Secretary-Treasurer
Paul O'Leary, MD
  • Chair, Young Physician Section
Mark Haygood, DO 
  • Young Physicians Representative on the Board of Censors


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