Mentorship Program for APA/APAF Fellows

The APA Mentorship Program aims to help APA/APAF Fellows in their transition from Resident-Fellow to early career psychiatrist members in the APA.

The Program pairs current Fellows with fellowship program alumni to provide guidance and counsel as Fellows transition to practice, navigate their careers and become leaders in psychiatry.

The APA Mentorship Program Advisory Committee takes mutual professional interests, personal preferences and geographical location into consideration when matching selected Fellows with APA mentors.

The formal mentorship allows Fellows:

  • Introductions to local APA chapters and national leadership
  • First-hand knowledge of new and ongoing APA and APAF opportunities
  • Expansion of professional networks
  • Access to special educational opportunities
  • Opportunity to participate APA advocacy
  • Guidance to develop a successful scientific submission to APA conferences


July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020

Mentee Eligibility

APA/APAF Fellows entering the 2nd year of their respective Fellowship

No. of Available Slots


Program Contact

Sejal Patel, Division of Diversity and Health Equity (DDHE)

Submission Deadline

  • May 6, 2019

Program Notification

  • June 24, 2019

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • Personal statement
  • CV

  Dr. Jessica Isom walked me through how to navigate post-residency communication with my dream program (that I matched at!)."

Lilanthi Balasuriya, M.D., M.M.S., 2018–2020 APA SAMHSA Minority Fellow

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  Dr. Phillip Murray listens, he advises, and he encourages me to be the best physician I can be. He has been pivotal to my development as a psychiatrist."

Brandon Newsome, M.D., 2018–2020 APA SAMHSA Minority Fellow

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  Dr. Shapiro and I have had thought-provoking conversations about women and medicine, imposter syndrome and about how to balance work and life. Her mentorship has helped me grow in my confidence as a physician."

Stephanie Fosbenner, M.D., 2018–2020 APA Public Psychiatry Fellow

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