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Future Leaders in Psychiatry Program

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is committed to fostering diversity in the psychiatric workforce, and is working to engage people from different cultures, backgrounds and perspectives as future leaders in psychiatry.The APA's Future Leaders in Psychiatry Program (FLIPP) is designed to champion diversity, build an inclusive psychiatric workforce and prepare future leaders to successfully enter the field of psychiatry.

In 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 interested students to apply, particularly individuals from groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis2 including 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 Thursday, August 1, 2024.

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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, 2024 – September 15, 2025


  • 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

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August 1, 2024


October 1, 2024



  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
  • Alyssa Valenzuela – Azusa Pacific University
  • Amanda Osei – Lehman College
  • Ashley Quintanilla – Capella University
  • Cathrine Gnali – St. Catherine University
  • Christine Sipin – California State University, Bakersfield & Antelope Valley College
  • Cristina Gonzalez – University of West Florida
  • Diana Ferrassoli – Arizona State University
  • Jade Oshodi – Cornell University
  • Jefferson Vasquez-Reyes – Montgomery College
  • Lissa Diaz – Azusa Pacific University
  • Lyndsey Jones – Exavier University of Louisiana
  • Makaila Davis – Peirce College
  • Mariselysis Santos – University of the Pacific
  • Meaghan Stephens – Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Mya Gary – Smith College
  • Nora Antwi – Lehman College
  • Roselynne Njau – College of Dupage
  • Taylor-Ann Robinson – American University
  • Tylar Constantine – Towson University
  • Tyler Parker – Liberty University
  • Wairimu Magua – University of Maryland, College Park

2022-2023 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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