Fellowship in Public Psychiatry

October 1, 2013

TO:               Chairs, Departments of Psychiatry
Directors, Residency Training
APA Members-in-Training

FROM:         Christina Mangurian, M.D., Chair, Selection Committee

SUBJECT:    Invitation to Submit Nomination

Thank you for your interest in the APA Public Psychiatry Fellowship. We look forward to receiving your application materials. Please note the deadline for receipt is December 12, 2013.

This important collaborative venture between the American Psychiatric Association and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company provides for the selection of ten residents in psychiatry, based on recommendations from their Departments and evidence of a track record of commitment to and accomplishment in public psychiatry.

The purposes of the APA Public Psychiatry Fellowship are: (1) to heighten psychiatric residents' awareness of the many activities of psychiatry in the public sector and of the career opportunities in this work, (2) to provide experiences which will contribute to the professional development of those residents who will play leadership roles within the public sector in future years and (3) to provide a community of peers with shared interest in public psychiatry.

The fellowship term will begin in September 2014 and end at the close of the APA Annual Meeting in May 2016. Fellows will be active participants in the work of a wide variety of APA Councils they are assigned to. Travel, hotel, and out-of-pocket expenses will be provided to attend the Council meetings during the APA's September Component Meetings. Additionally, fellowship representatives will be chosen to serve on APA's Board of Trustees, the IPS Scientific Program Committee as well as the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists.

The Fellowship also provides support for these outstanding residents in psychiatry to attend and participate in the APA's Institute on Psychiatric Services (IPS) in October 2014 and 2015. Fellows are expected to plan  workshop presentations for the 2015 Institute. If the proposals are accepted by the Program Committee, the fellows are guaranteed attendance and participation as faculty at the second IPS. Funds for registration, travel, hotel, and out-of-pocket expenses will be provided. Sponsorship to attend the APA Annual Meeting is not a benefit of this program.

Nomination Procedure and Eligibility Criteria for the APA Fellowship in Public Psychiatry

  • One outstanding resident who has a substantial interest in any area of public sector psychiatry and a significant potential for a leadership role in such work may be nominated by a psychiatric residency training program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Only one nomination per residency program will be accepted.
  • Submission of a nomination represents an explicit commitment by the residency program to permit the candidate, if selected, time off to attend APA meetings in their entirety during the fellowship term, as well as the candidate's willingness to do so. 
  • Psychiatric residents who will be in the PG-3 year of training during the fellowship term are eligible to participate in the program. Residents who will be in their PG-4 year will also be considered if they are in a 5-year psychiatric training program.
  • Nominee must be an APA member or in the process of becoming a member.
  • Residents who have received (or are scheduled to receive) other APA fellowships or comparable outside fellowships (e.g., Ginsberg, Laughlin) are not eligible.
  • Those residents who currently serve on APA Assembly Committee of MITs and other leadership positions/offices are not eligible for the fellowship.

To be considered, the following must be submitted:

1.               completed application form (submitted electronically or via mail)
2.               two-page essay
3.               letter of nomination from the Residency Training Director or Chair, Department of Psychiatry

Application materials must be received by December 12, 2013. This fellowship is made available through an educational grant from the American Psychiatric Foundation and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Electronic Application Form

Materials should be addressed to:
Christina Mangurian, M.D.
Chair, APA Public Psychiatry Fellowship Selection Committee
American Psychiatric Association
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1825
Arlington , VA 22209-3901 

Questions can be directed to:
Nancy Delanoche 
APA Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Education
(703) 907-8635.