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Future Leaders in Psychiatry Program

APA is committed to fostering diversity in the psychiatric workforce, and APA's Future Leaders in Psychiatry Program (FLIPP) 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 FLIPP, 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 has been extended to September 30, 2023. Apply today here.

Program Benefits

  • Exposure to the exciting field of psychiatry
  • Financial support for MCAT preparation
  • Financial support for the APA Annual Meeting
  • Learning and Development Opportunities
  • One medical student mentor and one practicing psychiatrist mentor
  • Financial Support for AAMC MSAR Subscription

Program Term

October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024


  • Application
  • Resume
  • Three 300–500-word short essays

Criteria / Eligibility

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. undergraduate school. You must maintain your active enrollment status for the duration of the program.
  • Ability to commit to the duration of the program.

Nomination / Application Details

Apply Here


September 30, 2023


October 1, 2023



  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)

2023-2024 FLIPP Participants

  • Alan Saldivar – University of Notre Dame
  • Angelique Lucien – Suffolk County Community College
  • Deydra Gadson Grand Canyon University
  • Isaac Ogunjale – Azura Pacific University
  • Jefferson Vasquez-Reyes – Montgomery Community College
  • Manuel Faria – Stanford University
  • Maxine Smith – Dartmouth College
  • Miah Emerson – Washington University in St. Louis
  • Mikayla Avillar – University of New Mexico
  • Omar Abdelmoity – Washington University in St. Louis
  • Patricia Hernandez – The University of Texas at Austin
  • Pedro Gomez – Washington University in St. Louis
  • Savannah Gamboa – University of California, San Diego

Medical leadership for mind, brain and body.

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