2020 APA/APAF Fellowship Chair Updates

Read our 2020 Chairs' and fellowship recipient's updates on their activities, experiences and accomplishments from the first half of their program.

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Becoming an APA/APAF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow, has been a wonderful and rewarding opportunity to meet colleagues from across the nation, promote professional development, and a chance to work with APA leadership. The APA/APAF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship is an amazing experience that provides its fellows guidance for a fruitful career in Child and Adolescent psychiatry.

Kamille Williams, M.D., 2020–2021 APA/APAF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Chair

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The APA Public Psychiatry Fellowship is an unparalleled opportunity to learn from peers from across the country with shared interests, receive mentorship from leaders in the field and hone skills as an advocate for patients and communities. My talented and thoughtful Co-Fellows have inspired my continued personal and professional growth and will be lifelong colleagues and friends.

Sophie Feller, M.D., 2020–2021 APA/APAF Public Psychiatry Fellowship Chair

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The APA/APAF Leadership Fellowship allows each fellow to engage with experts in the areas of psychiatry that interest them including clinical subspecialties, public health, healthcare policy, law, research, and academic medicine. Personally, the Fellowship has advanced my understanding of how each of these areas influences psychiatrists and their patients and of the processes leaders in psychiatry use to make meaningful change.

Julia Jacobs, M.D., 2020–2021 APA/APAF Leadership Chair

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The Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) has been instrumental in heightening my ability to be a physician advocate for my patients. Through access to a large and collaborative body of psychiatrists, I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from leaders in medical education, public mental health, anti-racism/cultural competency training, political activism, and various other domains.

Nicole Pacheco, M.D., 2020–2021 Minority Fellowship Program Chair

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As a Jeanne Spurlock Congressional Fellow, As a Jeanne Spurlock Congressional Fellow, I hope to serve as a voice for diverse patients in a system that is complex and difficult to navigate. By learning more about health advocacy and legislation, I will develop a new skill set that will help me create positive change for health equity and health care disparities. I have learned so much within these first two months, and I look forward to the experiential knowledge I will gain through the fellowship.

Anthony Kulukulualani, M.D., 2020–2021, APA/APAF Spurlock Congressional Fellow

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Two months into the Jeanne Spurlock Congressional Fellow, and I my already high expectations have been exceeded. For those of you who want to break down the structural barriers our patients deal with every day, there is no better place to be than Capitol Hill.

Suneel Agerwala, M.D., 2020–2021, APA/APAF Spurlock Congressional Fellow