Newsletter September 2022
Greetings medical students, residents, and fellows!
It's finally fall, and you know what that means... No, we're not talking about the fun decor and pumpkin spice lattes (although we are enjoying them). The AACAP annual meeting is just around the corner! It is hard to believe that it is time to see all of our hard work over the last year finally come to fruition. We are so excited and thrilled to reunite in person this year and meet new faces of folks we have only seen through a screen. There are going to be so many wonderful MSR-sponsored events, mentoring sessions, learning opportunities, and of course various presentations from our MSR members!
We also want to wish everyone luck during this application and interview season for both general psychiatry residency and CAP fellowship. Feel free to view the 2022 Virtual Psychiatry Residency Application Panel HERE and the MSR CAP Fellowship Q&A session notes HERE. If there is any way we can support you through the MSR team, please do not hesitate to reach out.
We hope to see you next month!

Alissa Hemke, MD

Cindy Chou, MD, PhD

Evelyn Ashiofu, MD, MPH

Alyssa Shaffner, MD


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

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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).
10/10/2022 @ 8pm ET
MSR Committee monthly meeting
Join us for our open meeting, which we will hold prior to the Annual Meeting via Zoom. We encourage everyone to start getting involved in the best Committee of AACAP! Learn more HERE
Check out last month's meeting minutes HERE
October - November
Diversity in Mental Health Elective Speaker Series presented by UC Irvine CAP IG:
This series hopes to give a space for psychiatrists from all over the US to share their journey to psychiatry & to highlight important topics in CAP. Through this series we hope to inspire students from marginalized & underrepresented communities to learn more about CAP and meet dedicated mentors in the field. See blue flyer below!
AACAP Diversity Component Meetings
Interested in being involved with our diversity components? Sign up for notifications HERE (all meetings @8PM ET)
12/8/2022 @ 7pm ET
Excellence through Mentorship Program: Growth and Allyship
Organized by AACAP's Caucus, the Excellence in Mentorship Series is a signature mentoring program developed by AACAP’s Caucus Groups. The goal is to foster mentorship groups who continue the interaction beyond the sessions, as well as collaborate across the pod groups through discussions based on themes chosen based on Caucus member interests. Register HERE
Learn how to become a member HERE!
Register HERE for the 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 hard work and look forward to your presentations!
Visit the 2022 Annual Meeting Program Schedule to view programming via date, session type or committee sponsored sessions. Choose programming based on any specialties of interest. A few examples are:
  • MSR Sponsored Sessions: Click here
  • Wellness Sessions: Click here
Check out all AACAP Committee meetings here (both virtual and in-person).

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

QUESTIONS? Contact for membership, (202.966.7300, ext. 2005) for payment, (202.966.7300, ext. 2007) for CME, or (202.966.7300, ext. 2006) for Meeting content.
MSR-Sponsored Events:
Click on each to learn more!
Join your fellow trainees and early career psychiatrists over an informal food and bevarage hour. This is a fun way to network and get to know your peers from all over the country!
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! Join these folks who have served in AACAP leadership roles and also pioneered many of the significant discoveries and developments in child and adolescent psychiatry.
Medical Students and Residents Breakfast: Journeys and Breakthroughs
Settle in for a relaxing and warm atmosphere where three phenomenal child and adolescent psychiatrists share their career stories & answer questions! Our guests this year will be Drs. Lisa Fortuna, Wanjiku Njoroge, and Steven Sust. MUST PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE.
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. MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE.
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! This year we will have over 30 mentors!
Resident-As-Teacher Program Presents:
Are you interested in medical education? RAT is the place for you! The Resident as Teacher forum allows medical students, resident physicians, child and adolescent psychiatry fellows, and interested educational faculty to improve their teaching skills through a series of interactive workshops.
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.
Are you applying for general psychiatry residency, but you're interested in child and adolescent psychiatry long-term? This program is for you!
Join AALI to develop ideas for learning and innovation!
This is a session intended for professional development for child and adolescent psychiatrists. Various experts will present on three national initiatives taking place at UPMC, Stanford, and in the AACAP MSR Committee.
In this session, CAP trainees and early career psychiatrists learn about starting a research career and enhancing their mentorship network. Child and adolescent psychiatrists increase their mentorship network, gain support, strengthen connections, and learn about being part of the academic research pipeline.
This session is intended to help IMG's learn about cultivating a successful career in CAP. Led by Anindita Chakraborty, MD, Balkozar S. Adam, MD, and Muhammad Waqar Azeem, MD.
Join Dr. Mollie C. Marr, PhD and Cynthia Telingator, MD in this important discussion!
Be sure to download the AACAP/CACAP 2022 app! It is available in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The app can help you plan your schedule by allowing you to select the sessions of most interest to you, complete your attendee profile, take notes, and more. Search for "AACAP" to download the App, sponsored by American Professional Agency, Inc.
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!



Medical students, residents and fellows may consider serving as a monitor during the AACAP/CACAP 2022 Annual Meeting dates of October 17-22 in Toronto, Canada. Monitors assist AACAP staff in running the meeting by checking badges and tickets to confirm attendance, assisting speakers as needed, and distributing and collecting evaluation forms. Benefits include the opportunity to connect with AACAP members in specialty areas or at institutions/training programs of interest, add volunteer work credits for your resume, and assistance cost effectively navigating the meeting by working at a ticketed event. For information about the monitor program, visit here. The earlier individuals sign up, the greater the flexibility with the choice of assignments. ALL MONITORS RECEIVE FREE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION.

We are looking for mini blurbs on your thoughts on advocacy to present at our annual meeting Pecha Kucha. Tell us a couple of lines, what are the critical issues in children's mental health that resonate with you the most today? Tell us about your experiences participating in advocacy events? Have you attended AACAP Leg Con? How about other local events?
Submit your blurbs HERE!
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 EST


AACAP Alliance on Learning and Innovation

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


AACAP Diversity and Culture Committee

Monthly on the 4th Thursday @ 8PM EST


AACAP Diversity and Culture Committee Components include:


Latinx - TBD

Asian - Nov 2nd @ 8PM EST

Black - TBD

NIDA-AACAP Resident Training Award



The NIDA-AACAP Resident Training Award in Substance Use Disorder is a partnership between AACAP and NIDA CTN to fund NIDA Mentor-Facilitated Training Awards, a key component of the NIDA CTN Dissemination Initiative, supporting the development of expertise in SUD, especially OUD, through the completion of a mentor-supervised project focused on adoption and/or dissemination of SUD treatment research and the publication of the results.


Take a look HERE at the other award opportunities AACAP has to offer! deadlines start in Spring 2023.

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!
Check out this article written by Dr. Geraldine Fox about mentorship!
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 can cover the entire range of submissions within JAACAP including New Research, Reviews, Clinical Perspectives/Translations, Commentaries, Attachments, and book reviews.

Examples of highly relevant topics include the following:

  • a Systematic Review on the effects of structural racism on the mental health of children of color
  • a Clinical Perspectives on the role of race in the choice of a therapist
  • New Research Studies examining the impacts of impacts of systemic barriers on child development
  • the ways in which health inequities in access to care and quality of services impact minoritized children
  • how systemic barriers in child-serving entities intersect with externalizing behaviors
  • the ways in which experiences of discrimination in online digital and social media affect the mental health of minoritized youth

This JAACAP special series will be edited by Assistant Editor Eraka Bath, Deputy Editor Wanjikũ Njoroge, Diversity Equity and Inclusion Emerging Leaders Fellow Amalia Londoño Tobón; Associate Editor Robert Althoff; and Editor-in-Chief Douglas Novins.


JAACAP Call for Attachments Submissions [Proposal Deadline: December 15, 2022]

JAACAP is publishing a call for submissions to the  Attachments section of the journal.  Attachments are non-fictional narratives that shed new light on the field of pediatric mental health. These include but are not limited to narrative descriptions of personal and clinical experiences that highlight the joys, challenges, and nuances of practicing child and adolescent psychiatry.

As witness to the storm, stress, and beauty of growth among our young patients and families among others, we are often the keeper of stories. In writing an  Attachments submission, authors have the opportunity to be storytellers and to share their own personal reflections. Submissions should invite readers to explore child and adolescent development, clinical practice, and/or the vast world beyond from a new and original perspective.


CAPTuring Minds: A podcast presented by AACAP's Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Medical Students & Residents Committee

Listen HERE.


Episode 1: Why Child and Adolescent Psychiatry?

Host: Dr. Evelyn Ashiofu | Guests: Dr. Jose Vito and Dr. Cindy Chou

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