Workforce Inclusion Pipeline Programs

APA is committed to fostering diversity in the psychiatric workforce, and APA's Workforce Inclusion Pipeline Program (WIPP) is designed to increase the number of underrepresented minorities (URM) medical school applicants interested in psychiatry, create a more equitable psychiatric workforce, and prepare future leaders to successfully enter the field of psychiatry.

Studies show that racial concordance contributes to more effective therapeutic relationships and improved health care outcomes—underscoring the importance of diversifying the health care workforce1. Pipeline programs are an important strategy for addressing the shortage of URMs entering psychiatry.

In the WIPP, undergraduate students will be exposed to the field of psychiatry and receive mentorship from some of the world’s leading psychiatrists. Participants will also receive learning and development opportunities, resources to help navigate the medical school preparation process, and financial support for travel to APA conferences.

APA encourages individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis2. The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in medicine: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.

Early Pipeline leads to Learning and Development which leads to Equitable Workforce

Application submissions are now open. The deadline for applying is August 12, 2021

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Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • Enrollment Letter
  • Personal Statement
  • Letter of Recommendation

Program Benefits

  • Exposure to the exciting field of psychiatry
  • One-on-one mentorship from APA member psychiatrists
  • Information on the medical school process
  • Financial support for MCAT preparation
  • Funding to attend APA-sponsored conferences
  • Cultivation of learning skills


  • Currently enrolled undergraduate student
  • Black, Indigenous, or Hispanic undergraduate students

Application Deadline

August 12, 2021

Program Notification

Late Summer

Program Contact

Nadia Woods, M.S.W.

  1. Saha, S., Komaromy, M., Koepsell, T. D., & Bindman, A. B. (1999). Patient-physician racial concordance and the perceived quality and use of health care.Archives of Internal Medicine, 159(9), 997-1004.
  2. National Science Foundation. Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering (2017)

Free Membership for Medical Students

Medical student members are dues exempt and belong to APA at the national level only (there are no dual membership requirements with the local District Branch/State Association).

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