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Welcome to the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Inclusve Excellence Program (CAPIE)!

With the support of a grant from UnitedHealth Group, the University of California San Diego has launched a four-year program to expand and diversify the pipeline of child and adolescent psychiatrists (CAP) in California. This program offers novel learning opportunities, individualized mentorship, and financial educational support for participating medical students. Together, these initiatives will build a stronger community of trainees pursuing careers in CAP and ultimately help create an inclusive, skilled workforce representing the changing demography of California's children, youth, and families.


Summer Immersion Program:  

Explore the exciting career of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry through an immersive experience designed to increase awareness and exposure to CAP concepts. This summer experience provides the following: 

  • Engaging didactics on introductory topics in pediatric mental health, cultural empathy, and health equity
  • Individualized and personalized mentorship 
  • Introduction to careers in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Exposure to the child, youth, and family mental health system of care
  • Youth Community outreach and education 
  • Scholarly project/community action project relevant to pediatric mental health 
  • A financial stipend

Year-long Program:

There is limited exposure to CAP during medical school and this program will provide a select number of interested and motivated medical trainees with novel learning opportunities. As a UC San Diego CAP Inclusive. As a 2021-2022 UC San Diego CAP Inclusive Excellence Scholar, you will: 

  • Be invited to monthly didactics and discussions about pediatric mental health in the evenings.
  • Design and complete a child and adolescent psychiatry focused interest project to be presented at the end of the year. 
  • Participate in community outreach opportunities relating to youth mental health.
  • Gain exposure to career pathways and advocacy within CAP.
  • Learn about youth mental health through an anti-racist curriculum and online-guided modules.
  • Gain personalized mentorship from UCSD CAP faculty and medical student and resident near-peers.
  • Build community with a small group of students over the course of an academic year.
  • Be eligible for funding.



Contact US:

Medical Director

Desiree Shapiro, MD

Program Coordinator

Anahi Ibarra, MPH

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