Medical Students

Choosing a Career in Psychiatry

Psychiatrists make a difference because they can apply medical knowledge and understanding to the treatment of the mentally ill in a cultural competent manner. There is untold richness in diversity in being a psychiatrist and each year more and more medical students are choosing a career as a psychiatrist.

Applying for Psychiatry Residency

Participate in PsychSIGN

APA Learning Center

The online hub for on-demand education, transcripts, and learning portfolios.

APA Foundation

Learn about the APA Foundation's initiatives and programs that are addressing the nation’s most pressing social mental health issues.

Apply for Externships and Travel Awards

Featured Publications


Building a Career in Psychiatry

This two-part guide will help medical students, residents, fellows, and early career physicians successfully prepare for career transition points. Find information on important non clinical topics that are infrequently included in undergraduate or graduate medical curricula.


Resident-Fellow Member Handbook

Information about leadership and fellowship opportunities, awards and competitions, the structure of APA, and how the process by which APA policy is created.


2017 Annual Meeting
  • San Diego, Calif.
  • Sat,  May  20 - Wed,  May  24
2017 IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference
  • New Orleans, La.
  • Thur,  Oct  19 - Sun,  Oct  22

Become a Medical Student Member

Learn about the benefits of APA Membership.

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