Newsletter June 2022

Hello medical students, residents and fellows!


Much has happened in the last few months in our world, and AACAP has worked hard to RESPOND quickly. We hope while serving as our communities’ advocates and allies, you are taking time for yourselves.
We also want to celebrate those embarking on new adventures at all career stages: students, residents, fellows, and early career psychiatrists. We have worked hard and should acknowledge our achievements, so let’s take a moment to reflect on our journeys.
For those trying again for these roles, remember that you have already achieved so much and are our constant sources of inspirations. For those in the thick of residency applications, be sure to join our RESIDENCY PROGRAM DIRECTORS PANEL on 7/27! And for CAP fellowship applicants, we’ve got our recent FELLOWSHIP Q&A PEARLS here for you!
During the exciting and anxiety-provoking transitions, the MSR community is here for you. Our PEER MENTORSHIP PROGRAM gives you individualized support based on your needs, and our MONTHLY MEETINGS can be your home where we mentor, coach, sponsor, and most importantly connect with and learn from, YOU. JOIN US 7/11 @ 8pm ET.
We have a packed summer schedule of EVENTS, AWARDS, ANNUAL MEETING PREPS, and PROJECT OPPORTUNITIES with seasoned child and adolescent psychiatrists! There is much to digest, so be sure to review our June MEETING MINUTES and join us in July!
Let us know if there’s anything you don’t see that we should think about implementing as well - we’re here to serve and are always open to new ideas!
With gratitude,
Alissa and Cindy

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

07/11/2022 @ 8pm ET
MSR Committee monthly meeting
Join us for our open meeting at the Annual Meeting & start getting involved in the best Committee of AACAP! Learn more HERE
Psychotherapy Enthusiast Listserv is an independent list for professionals interested in the application of psychodynamics to the mental health and psychiatric treatment of children, adolescents and families. Email Dr. Rachel Ritvo  or Dr. Magdalena Romanowicz  with your name, preferred email, location, training, interest, email receipt frequency (real time versus daily digest).
07/27/2022 @ 8pm ET
Virtual Psychiatry Residency Application Panel
The 2022 Virtual Psychiatry Residency Application Panel will feature residency directors from general psychiatry, integrated adult and child, and triple board programs. We'll discuss signaling, supplemental applications, step 1/2 scoring and grading considerations. There will also be breakout sessions for more Q&A time. Check out our flyer and register HERE
AACAP Diversity Component Meetings
Interested in being involved with our diversity components? Sign up for notifications HERE (all meetings @8PM ET)
Advocacy Liaison Network: 8/11 (Email Emily Rohlffs for info) -- AACAP Alliance on Learning and Innovation: 7/19 -- Diversity & Culture Committee: 7/28IMG: 7/12Latinx: 7/20; Black: 8/9; Asian: TBD
08/01/2022 @ 8pm ET
Career Development Forum: Research opportunities in child and adolescent mental health
Learn about ways to participate in child and adolescent mental health research with experts around the world! Check out our flyer and register HERE
08/11/2022 @ 7pm ET
Caucus Mentorship Event
Join us for an evening of excellence through mentorship: Mentorship, Growth and Self-care. Register HERE
08/17/2022 @ 8pm ET
Life Members Virtual Mentorship Program
Join AACAP Life Members to learn about their journeys in the world of child and adolescent mental health! Register HERE

AACAP/CACAP’s 2022 Annual Meeting


October 3-November 30 | On-demand and live sessions 

October 17-22 | In-person meeting in Toronto, Canada


Congratulations to all trainees who will be presenting at the 2022 AACAP Annual Meeting! We applaud everyone's hardwork and look forward to your presentations!

Be sure to apply for Students, Residents, and Fellows travel awards for the Annual Meeting, due July 8!


Remember that registration opens August 2 for members and August 9 for non-members, and that AACAP membership is FREE for STUDENTS, including IMGs in transition! Be sure to contact for questions regarding membership. Early bird deadline is September 15.


Be sure to review other Annual Meeting details as well, including:

Cheers and special thank you to our Life Members for a truly awesome evening for the Life Members Mentorship Program on June 22, 2022. Be sure to join us on August 17 for our second round of Life Members gathering!
And thank you to ALL trainees for representing our voices and advocating for our children and families at the 2022 AACAP Legislative Conference! Below are some reflections, and please share more with us via email.

I am a first year Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellow at UC Davis and I attended the AACAP Legislative conference this year… Below are some of my reflections: I had a great experience attending the AACAP Legislative Conference this year! This was my first time attending. I was nervous at first but as the day went on, I became more comfortable using my voice to advocate. As an added bonus, my very good friend, Dr. Jacob Lee, was also in my group! Another coincidence was that our group leader, Dr. Robert Holloway, was also a graduate of UMKC, the same medical school that Dr. Lee and I attended. This was a wonderful experience and I feel much more confident in speaking with legislators and advocating in the future.

Apurva Bhatt, M.D.  PGY-4
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinical Fellow
University of California Davis

As a medical student just finishing my first year, I was at first a bit weary of participating in an event with everyone from students to practicing physicians; however, I am so glad I made the decision to attend. After Leg Con, I feel much more prepared to use my voice to advocate with and for people experiencing mental illnesses as well as for the practitioners treating the ever-growing psychiatric needs of the United States. Being able to simultaneously learn from everyone in my legislator meetings as well as practice my own communication and education skills was such an unexpectedly empowering experience. I appreciate the patience and help from the practicing physicians and residents who helped me learn to practice advocacy in this exciting day of community and empowerment.

Carson Rogge
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Medical Student (Rising M2)

I'm really appreciative to AACAP for making this event possible. This event put me in 1-on-1 contact with both of my states Senators. Hawai‘i faces unique advocacy challenges, so the region-specific approach was a great fit.

Jacob Lee, MD
PGY4 Fellow for Child/Adolescent Psychiatry
University of Hawai'i Psychiatry Residency Program
Want to get involved?
Belonging in Advocacy: Growing our MSR Advocacy Team 
Amid a national health crisis, your efforts as trainees are critical in caring for children and families. As frontliners, your voices are the loudest and most powerful. In a bid to support and develop trainee advocacy initiatives, the MSR Committee is calling for your thoughts, questions and stories on advocacy:
What are the critical issues in children's mental health that resonate with you the most today? What cause would you like to advocate for? 
Tell us about your experiences participating in advocacy events? Have you attended AACAP Leg Con? How about other local events? 
Email your thoughts to!
Explore an AACAP Committee Today!
Check out which Commitee may be open for participations HERE.
Join the MSR Committee - Welcome Flyer Here
We welcome trainees at all levels!
Interested in sharing your stories with our community? Email us today with your thoughts - we look forward to hearing from you!

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 meeting August 11, 2022 @8pm ET


AACAP Alliance on Learning and Innovation

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

Next meeting July 19, 2022 @8pm ET


AACAP Diversity and Culture Committee

Monthly on the 4th Thursday @ 8PM ET

Next meeting July 28, 2022 @8pm ET


AACAP Diversity and Culture Committee Components include:

IMG July 12, 2022 @ 8PM ET

Latinx July 20, 2022 @ 8PM ET

Asian TBD @ 8PM ET

Black August 9, 2022 @ 8PM ET



Travel Awards
Application Deadline: July 8, 2022

Application Deadline: July 8, 2022

Application Deadline: July 8, 2022

Presentation Opportunities


AACAP Systems of Care Special Program Clinical Projects

Application Deadline: July 31, 2022

Topic:  Systems of Care and the Needs of Migrant Youth: Global and Local Responses

Learn about policy, practices, and systems of care approaches related to serving the mental health and well-being needs of immigrant and refugee children and youth. 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


AACAP Alliance on Learning and Innovations 2022 Idea Forum Pecha Kucha

Application Deadline: July 8, 2022

Inviting presenters to share innovative training and teaching practices by submitting a “PechaKucha” presentation under the Presidential initiative theme “Capture Belonging”. Broad interpretations of the overarching theme(s) are welcomed and encouraged as you present information on practices and their impact within your teaching communities. Contact Dr. Brian Kurtz and Dr. Myo Myint for questions or submissions. Include the following: Name(s) of presenter(s), Job title/role(s), Institution, Contact Information, Topic, and Brief summary of presentation (1-2 paragraphs).



Leadership Opportunities


Assembly Resident Representative

Application Deadline: August 1, 2022

Residents interested in developing leadership experience and advocating for fellow residents within the Assembly of Regional Organizations are invited to apply. Dr. Asha Martin, current representative, is available for additional information.


John E. Schowalter, MD Resident Member of Council

Application Deadline: August 1, 2022

The John E. Schowalter, MD Resident Member of Council works in partnership with the Jerry M. Wiener, 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. Dr. Chou and Dr. Ashiofu, current Council residents, are available for additional information.


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 today!
Help match up mentors & mentees by signing up HERE!
Become a mentee HERE!
Become a mentor HERE!
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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Dr. Chou and Dr. Bala,
as they graduate and move into the next stage of their careers! Thank you for EVERYTHING you have done over the last few years.
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