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Advocacy Day Outreach
CAP-tivated: A Short Story about Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Congressional Briefing
Early Career Psychiatrists Connect Program
Summer Medical Student Fellowships

Advocacy Day Outreach
AACAP holds its 8th Annual Advocacy Day on May 10-11, 2012. Over 200 attendees have registered, including over 80 families and 30 residents. CFAK provides funding for more than 80 parents and children to attend and provide compelling accounts during the Congressional visits. The first person narratives of their struggles for access to psychiatric services provide an emotional perspective that result in more effective communication of AACAP's policies. For the second time, CFAK also funded travel scholarships matched by AACAP regional organizations for 30 child and adolescent psychiatry residents to attend. By engaging residents in advocacy while still in their training, they learn the role that advocacy can play in their professional lives while preparing them to be lifelong voices for children with mental illnesses.

Advocacy Day 2011

Attendees will visit Congressional offices across 42 states in order to raise awareness of legislation that affects the 15 million children with mental illnesses in the US.

Stay tuned for an update and photos after May 11th!

Read about AACAP's 2011 Advocacy Day in AACAP News.

CAP-tivated: A Short Story About Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, is a visual resource that informs and recruits medical students to the field of child and adolescent psychiatry. Through funding from CFAK, the AACAP Workforce Issues Committee spearheaded the production of this video which features four diverse individuals and how they selected a career in child and adolescent psychiatry. The video promotes awareness and understanding of child and adolescent psychiatry, which is often not included in a medical school's curriculum.

Watch the Medical Student Recruitment Video!

Congressional Briefing
On Monday, April 23, 2012 AACAP hosted 31 guests at a Congressional briefing titled The Future of Pediatric Mental Health Care: Challenges and Opportunities in the office Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D- PA), the same office where AACAP Congressional Fellow, Matthew Prowler, M.D. currently serves. The goal of the briefing was to secure appropriations for a loan forgiveness program for child and adolescent psychiatrics through section 5203 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Early Career Psychiatrists Connect Program
The Early Career Psychiatrists Connect Program aims to connect early career psychiatrists (ECPs) with their regional organizations (ROCAPS) to increase the available training, resources, and mentors available to those trying to navigate their career options. Seven ROCAPS received grants of $2,000 each to sponsor educational and networking events for ECPs within their regions to strengthen the field by bridging the gap between ECPs and more experienced physicians. Programs include workshops to illustrate the richness, and breadth of child and adolescent psychiatry with enthusiastic ROCAP members and potential mentors, a tailored program for specific issues faced by Nebraska physicians, and sessions on how to integrate advocacy with your practice or research goal.

Congratulations to the following ROCAPS on receiving the ECP Connect awards:

  • First cohort: Colorado, Nebraska New England, New York, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey

  • Second cohort: Central California, Greater Washington, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Puerto Rico, San Diego, Southern California

Learn how the ECP Connect Program started!

Summer Medical Student Fellowships
The Summer Medical Student Fellowships' main goal is to grow the workforce through mentorship and recruitment programs for medical students. In 2012 CFAK will fund the Summer Medical Student Fellowship program for the fifth year. The program received 28 applications and awards 8 fellowships. Fellowship recipients will explore a career in child and adolescent psychiatry, gain valuable work experience, and meet distinguished child and adolescent psychiatrists. Recipients receive a stipend of $3,500 to work with a child and adolescent psychiatrist mentor for 8-12 weeks on a research project in the field. Recipients receive travel support to attend the AACAP 59th Annual Meeting to present their research during a New Research Poster session and participate in the Mentorship Program, Career Development Forum, scientific sessions, and networking events.

Last year AACAP received 25 applications and awarded 6 fellowships. Since 2008 CFAK has funded a total of 43 medical student fellows. Of the students who have graduated from medical school, 64% matched in the field of psychiatry. Eleven additional past-participants are expected to graduate in 2012.

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Please contact the AACAP Development Office at 202.966.7300 ext. 140 or with any questions about CFAK's programs or how to donate.