Newsletter June 2021

Hello medical students, residents and fellows!


Congratulations to all our medical student colleagues who have recently matched in psychiatry! We are thrilled to have you, and hope to welcome you soon into the even cooler club of child and adolescent psychiatry! Please read on for updates on our work, including the continuation of our peer mentorship program - a great opportunity to take advantage of as you think ahead to next career steps, whether you’re a medical student, general resident, or CAP fellow. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming monthly meetings, career development forum sessions, or annual meeting events!
It was recently announced that the annual meeting will be virtual - while of course we’d love to see you all in person, we also know that the virtual format has big advantages for access for trainees, so we hope you’re able to take advantage of this.
Alissa Hemke and Cordelia Ross

Co-chairs of AACAP’s Committee on Medical Students and Residents;


P.S. Check out all the great things MSR is doing, and additional opportunities beyond those in this edition of the Newsletter HERE!

7/12/2021 @ 8 EST
Monthly MSR Committee meeting
Join us for our monthly Zoom to hear about all the cool projects AACAP trainees are doing! Sign up for our mailing list to receive meeting information HERE
7/21/2021 @ 8 EST
Year Long Career Development Forum: Global Mental Health
Join our third virtual Career Development Forum focused on Global Mental Health to learn about this unique career path! Sign up HERE
8/12/2021 @ 8 EST
Life Members Committee virtual mentorship event for medical students
Join the second Life Members virtual mentorship program! These seasoned professionals offer unparalleled wisdom and share beautiful stories that guide our training and development. Check out our Mentor Bios from the May 2021 program and sign up for the event HERE
World Psychiatric Association Virtual World Congress
A great platform for knowledge exchange, and a gathering place of leaders with world-class experience! Find out more information HERE
Screenside Chats with AACAP President, Gaye Carlson, MD
Learn from great AACAP mentors as Dr. Carlson engages them in informal and insightful conversations! Check out all the episodes HERE
September 2021
AACAP Minority caucuses are jointly planning a virtual mentorship event for trainees!
AACAP Annual Meeting
AACAP is hosting our second Virtual Annual Meeting, October 18-30, 2021, with an innovative program designed to reach a wider audience than ever before! Registration opens August 3. Check out all the signature MSR events that you won't want to miss below, and follow all the #AACAPAM21 updates HERE
AACAP MSR Peer Mentorship Program
Interested in making connections, meeting a mentor, getting your questions answered, and hearing career stories from people in our field? The AACAP MSR Peer Mentorship Program is a buddy system that pairs a senior trainee or early career psychiatrist with a junior based on interests! We are always excited to have people join this lovely family, so sign up to be a MENTOR or a MENTEE today!
Mentor-Mentee Spotlight
Mentor: Shavon Moore, UCSD, CAP-I
Mentee: Cara Popeski, U. Arizona Tuscon, Class of 2022
Dr. Moore, Co-Chief Fellow of the UCSD Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, with expertise in adolescent psychiatry, child welfare, and equity in systems of care, was matched with student doctor Cara Popeski. Cara sought a peer mentor who was able to connect her to potential away rotation opportunities in order to learn more about her future career, and Dr. Moore was able to help make this happen and assist Cara in securing a rotation opportunity at UCSD! We look forward to following their peer mentorship journey!
Medical Students, Residents, and Fellows:
Meet Life Member Mentors at 2021 AACAP Annual Meeting
The signature AACAP MSR and Life Members collaboration during the Annual Meeting, a space for trainees to network with AACAP's most distinguished senior leaders and hear wonderful stories!
The Rise of the Trainee:
Finding Our Force in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
(AKA Medical Students and Residents Breakfast)
Settle in for a relaxing and warm atmosphere where three phenomenal child and adolescent psychiatrists share their career stories & answer questions! Our guests will be Dr. Robert Accordino, Dr. Howard Liu, and Dr. Lloyda Broomes Williamson!
Two Day Mentorship Program for Medical Students and Residents
One of the largest mentorship events, connect with CAP mentors in a small group setting to build relationships, share ideas, address challenges, and reflect on the things most important to you in career and life.
MSR Meet and Greet
A popular informal networking forum for trainees to meet with Training Program Directors, Committee chairs, and other AACAP leaders. Drop in, introduce yourself, and get advice about applications, programs, and opportunities!
Resident-As-Teacher Program Presents:
Clinical Teaching Three Ways -
Nourishing Our Learners While Caring for Our Patients
Are you interested in medical education? RAT is the place for you! Learn from great educators how to effectively engage any type of student audience through our fun interactive workshops!
Heroes Fail Too:
The Power of Vulnerability and Self-Compassion
Our annual wellness program provides a safe space to acknowledge our own self-criticisms, and share ways to champion our vulnerability and humanity. Join us in embracing self-compassion and a session steeped in positivity and warmth.

AACAP is committed to supporting trainee involvement, particularly with an affinity to the groups below. If you are interested in joining any of these groups, sign up HERE.


Advocacy Liaison Network

Monthly on the 1st Monday @ 8PM ET/ 7PM CT/ 6 PM MT/ 5 PM PT

Next: 07/05/2021


AACAP Alliance on Learning and Innovation

Every two months on the 3rd Tuesday @ 8PM ET/ 7PM CT/ 6 PM MT/ 5 PM PT

Next: 08/17/2021


AACAP Asian Caucus

Next: TBD in September, 2021


AACAP Black Caucus

Every two months on the 2nd Tuesday @ 8PM ET/ 7PM CT/ 6 PM MT/ 5 PM PT

Next: 08/10/2021


AACAP International Medical Graduate Caucus

Next: 06/22/2021 @ 8PM ET/ 7PM CT/ 6 PM MT/ 5 PM PT


AACAP Latinx Caucus

Every two months on the 2nd Tuesday @ 8PM ET/ 7PM CT/ 6 PM MT/ 5 PM PT



[Note: The availability of all awards is contingent upon receipt of adequate funding. While AACAP is proceeding with the awards, they may be subject to changes regarding benefits and requirements, which will be announced in July]


AACAP Life Members Mentorship Grants for Medical Students

Supported by AACAP’s Life Members Fund


Provides funding support for trainees to attend AACAP's 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, October 18 - 30, 2021, providing exposure to the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, including mentorship, research and networking opportunities.

Deadline: July 2, 2021


AACAP Educational Outreach Program

Supported by AACAP’s Campaign for America’s Kids, Life Members Fund, Endowment, and John E. Schowalter, MD, Endowment Fund 


Provides funding support for general psychiatry residents and CAP fellows to attend AACAP's 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, October 18 - 30, 2021, providing exposure to the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, including mentorship, research and networking opportunities.

Deadline: July 2, 2021


AACAP Systems of Care Special Program Clinical Projects

Topic:  The Opioid Epidemic, Parents With Substance Use and Abuse, and the Child Welfare System: Creating Responsive Systems of Care


Participants will attend the day-long session on Monday, October 14 at AACAP's 66th Annual Meeting, which will focus on the impact of parental substance use and the opioid epidemic on children and child-serving systems of care, including the child welfare system, which has been experiencing rising caseloads since 2012, after more than a decade of decline.


Award recipients receive a stipend of $1,000, plus shared funding from a training program or regional organization to be part of a learning community led by members of the Systems of Care Committee. For questions, email

Deadline: June 28, 2021

For questions as well as the submission of completed applications for the leadership opportunities, please email Megan Levy
Application Deadline: August 1, 2021

ECP Assembly Representative

AACAP Early Career Psychiatry members interested in developing leadership experience and advocating for fellow ECPs within the Assembly of Regional Organizations are invited to apply. The selected candidate serves on the Early Career Psychiatry Committee during his/her two year term as the ECP Assembly Representative serving as the ECP committee’s liaison to the Assembly.
Alicia Barnes, MD, the current Assembly Resident, is available to answer questions.
[FIRST YEAR CAP FELLOWS ONLY] The Jerry M. Wiener, MD Resident Member of Council works in partnership with the John E. Schowalter, MD Resident Member of Council to promote and encourage the involvement of as many general and child and adolescent psychiatry residents and medical students as possible in AACAP. The selected candidate is responsible for attending Council meetings, serving as a member (first year) and co-chair (second year) of the Committee on Medical Students and Residents (MSRs), along with serving as the MSR liaison on the Training and Education Committee during his/her two year term. The attached document, provides a description of the position responsibilities and application information. Current Resident Members of Council are available to answer questions:

Shinnyi Chou, MD, PhD, John E. Schowalter, MD, Resident

Cordelia Ross, MD, Jerry M. Wiener, MD, Resident







AACAP’s Training and Education Committee is committed to curating and highlighting dynamic teaching and training initiatives within medical education and CAP programs to share across the AACAP Community. If you or your peers have innovative training and teaching practices that you wish to highlight, you are invited to share your method(s) by providing a submission in consideration to present a “PechaKucha” presentation at the 2021 AACAP Virtual Annual Meeting’s AALI Idea Forum.


For questions, contact AALI Leaders, Brian Kurtz, MD and Myo T. Myint, MD

*AALI is a subgroup of AACAP’s Training and Education Committee.

Deadline: July 2, 2021

Information about AACAP News are provided here. Contact for questions.
Information about JAACAP and JAACAP Connect are provided here. Contact the  JAACAP Editorial Office at or (202) 966-7300 ext. 153 for questions regarding potential topics, outlines, and articles.

JAACAP will publish a series of papers on the effects of race, racism, social justice, and health equity in child and adolescent psychiatry. These articles may include New Research, Reviews, Clinical Perspectives, Commentaries, Attachments, and Book Reviews. Authors are invited to submit proposals for consideration. This proposal should include an abstract and initial outline, along with the list of proposed authors, so that early feedback can be provided prior to the development of a full manuscript. An invitation to submit does not guarantee acceptance. All papers should conform to the appropriate author guidelines (see Guide for Authors) and will undergo peer review. Please direct inquiries and proposals to Please specify in your proposal that the submission is intended for the special series on race and racism.


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