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Welcome to the Chid and Adolescent Psychiatry Inclusive Excellence Program (CAPIE)!  

Mission: 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.

Program Components

Summer Immersion Program:  

An innovative program launched in the summer from July to August for a select few medical students interested in exploring the exciting career of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 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 in pediatric psychiatry
  • A competative summer stipend

Yearlong Program:

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

  • Be invited to discussions about pediatric mental health
  • Gain personalized mentorship, exposure to career pathways, advocacy and community outreach opportunities
  • Complete a child and adolescent psychiatry focused interest project
  • Create community with a small group of students over the course of an academic year
  • Be eligible for funding opportunities

Who should apply?

  • Medical students in years 1-4 with a sincere interest in exploring the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.
  • Students with dedication to promoting and contributing to diversity, inclusivity and equity.
  • Students who have an interest in serving their communities. 
  • Students who are interested in learning from their colleagues and supporting one another.
  • Students willing to dedicate time outside of regular medical school curriculum to participate in program activities.
  • As this program aims to increase exposure to the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, students do not need to have a background in working with youth or mental health. 

Contact Us

Medical Director


Desiree Shapiro, MDdlshapiro@health.ucsd.edu

Project Coordinator

Anahi Ibarra, MPH a4ibarra@health.ucsd.edu

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