Newsletter September 2021

Hello medical students, residents and fellows!


We hope that application season is treating you well, and encourage you to check out our recent panel discussion on applying and sign up for the Peer Mentorship Network if you have more questions.


We also hope to see many of you at various MSR events during this year’s annual meeting- again virtual, which as much as we’re craving in-person contact, is also a huge benefit for trainees. Last year we broke records with the number of trainee attendees- let’s do it again! And as always, please join us for our monthly MSR committee calls!

Alissa Hemke and Cordelia Ross

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

**Medical Students, Residents & Fellows**
Learn how to become a member HERE!
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October 18-24 | On-Demand Content/ Committee Meetings

October 25-30 | Live Session/ Virtual Exhibit Hall/ Pre-recorded Sessions

October 31-November 30 | Access to recorded content for one month


Registration is open throughout the entire meeting. Review the Meeting Schedule by date,program highlightssession type or committee sponsored sessions.

For the international community registration fees are based on your country of residence income classification.


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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!
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!
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.
Interested in getting involved in the MSR committee? Sign up for one of the volunteer opportunities below, it's the perfect way to start meeting people & getting involved!

We are seeking medical students, residents and fellows who are AACAP members to volunteer as breakout room moderators and mentee floaters for upcoming mentorship events. A brief description of both roles are:

  • Breakout Room Moderator - Monitor the chat and remind participants of time limits during breakout sessions.
  • Mentee Floaters - Individuals that may be moved to different rooms throughout the session to provide as-needed facilitator support.

If you are interested in participating through one of the supporting roles please complete this survey.

  • Help match up mentors & mentees by signing up HERE!
  • Become a mentee HERE!
  • Become a mentor HERE!
Would you like to get involved in the MSR committee? Start out by volunteering at one of our annual meeting events. Sign up HERE
AACAP Annual Meeting Speaker Resource
Bravo provides individualized coaching on presentation skills, especially for virtual presentations. Speakers have the opportunity to rehearse and receive immediate feedback. An experienced communication coach, reviews a sample video and advises on improvements via video and written feedback. Sign up to access the resource HERE
PsychSIGN Webinar Collaboration
Share your CAP passion with PsychSIGN medical students in their subspecialty webinar series! EMAIL us for more information.
10/19/2021 @ 1pm ET
AACAP Substance Use Committee meeting
Join the Substance Use Commitee's open meeting at the Annual Meeting to hear about all their cool projects - they're actively recruiting trainees! Learn more HERE
10/20/2021 @ 12pm ET
AACAP Psychopharmacology and Neurotherapeutics Committee meeting
Join the Psychoparm Committee's open meeting at the Annual Meeting to hear about all their cool projects - they're actively recruiting trainees! Learn more HERE
11/8/2021 @ 8pm ET
AACAP MSR Committee meeting
Join us for our open meeting at the Annual Meeting & start getting involved in the best Committee of AACAP! Learn more HERE
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 Component Meetings
Interested in being involved with our diversity components? Access Zoom links to their meetings HERE (AACAP account sign-in required).
IMG Caucus: 10/11 @ 8 P ET
Black Caucus: 10/12 @ 8 P ET
Latinx Caucus: 10/13 @ 8 P ET
Psychotherapy: 10/15 @ 3 P ET
Asian Caucus: 11/2 @ 8 P ET
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

"As an international medical graduate looking for a career in child and adolescent psychiatry, my options were limited. I wasn't familiar with the importance of mentorship in medical training before I came across the Peer mentorship program. My mentor, Dr Abhishek Bala, was quick to answer all my questions [and he has since helped] me with research projects and my personal statement. [It has helped] me curate my application to get the best results in the upcoming match, for which I am grateful."


Vaishalee Namdev, MD

International medical graduate, 2022 psychiatry applicant




“The Peer Mentorship program provides a great opportunity for those interested in engaging with a diverse group of medical students and residents. Through this program, I have become more aware of the current issues in academia and feel more confident in advocating for these talented learners. It is truly an honor to exchange stories with my mentees. Forming relationships with these enthusiastic, intelligent, and resilient individuals has been one of the most fulfilling and inspiring experiences in AACAP.”


Abishek Bala, MD

CAP-II Fellow, Central Michigan University


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

Next: 10/04/2021


AACAP Alliance on Learning and Innovation

Every two months on the 3rd Tuesday @ 8PM ET


AACAP Asian Caucus

Next: 11/02/2021


AACAP Black Caucus

Every two months on the 2nd Tuesday @ 8PM ET

Next: 10/12/2021


AACAP International Medical Graduate Caucus

Next: 10/11/2021


AACAP Latinx Caucus

Every two months on the 2nd Tuesday @ 8PM ET

Next: 10/13/2021


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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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