Monitor Program

Medical Students, Residents, and Trainees: Attend the Annual Meeting for FREE!

What is the Monitor Program?
The Monitor Program is an opportunity for medical students, residents, and trainees to volunteer their time, and in return receive FREE access to the largest gathering of child and adolescent psychiatrists in the world! This program allows Monitors to network with senior child and adolescent psychiatrists, as well as with other colleagues and friends in the field.

What does a Monitor do?
Monitors are required to sign up for one full-day or two half-day sessions. Monitors assist AACAP staff in running the meeting by checking badges and tickets to confirm attendance, providing help to speakers as needed, and distributing information about evaluation forms and/or other materials that speakers supply. Monitors are expected to attend a short training session before they perform their duties.

Why should I register as a Monitor?

  • FREE registration for all residents, trainees, and medical students
  • Half-priced tickets for most ticketed events
  • Six days of scientific content given by the top experts in the field
  • Networking opportunities with presenters and peers

​How do I register as a Monitor?
The Monitor registration process is embedded within the Annual Meeting registration process. Registration for the Monitor Program will open on August 1 for AACAP members and on August 8 for nonmembers. Monitors have the ability to choose their own session(s) to register for. 

Why should I become an AACAP member BEFORE registering as a Monitor?
Monitor Registration opens August 1 for AACAP members ONLY; nonmember registration opens one week later. Increase your chances of getting the Monitor assignment that you want by becoming an AACAP member today! Hurry – the most popular assignments fill up FAST!

How do I know what to do as a Monitor?
Watch the Monitor Orientation Webinar! This brief, 20 minute webinar will tell you everything you need to know to get ready for the Chicago Annual Meeting. Please plan to watch it before arriving in Chicago.

IMPORTANT: Non-members MUST contact the AACAP Meetings Department to receive a registration log-in ID and password BEFORE starting the Monitor registration process. Please email with the following information:

  • Your full name and contact information
  • Name of training program or university
  • Business Address
  • Phone Number
  • Primary Email Address
  • Proof of training or enrollment (letter from training director, class schedule, student ID card, etc.).

As it can take 3-5 days for non-member log-in IDs to be created, we encourage nonmembers to contact the Meetings Department now to get a log-in created so that you may register on August 8.
If you have any questions about becoming a Monitor, please contact the Meetings Department at 202.966.9518 or

Award Opportunities for Medical Students and Residents

AACAP is pleased to offer several award and scholarship programs for medical students and residents to attend the Annual Meeting. For more information on award opportunities, please visit Medical Student Awards and Residents and Early Career Psychiatrists Awards.