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Year-long Exposure Program

In order to achieve health equity and reduce disparity, we hope to expand our workforce and graduate future child and adolescent psychiatrists who reflect the communities they serve. Patients deserve to receive psychiatric services from professionals who understand, embody, and respect cultural, ethnic, racial, gender, and linguistic differences. For this reason,  we aim to cultivate a culture of inclusion and connectedness in our program and aim to uphold a holistic review of each applicant. In our selection, we are committed to recruiting a diverse pool of medical students and residents considering, but not limited to, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religiosity, spirituality, background, personal identity, class, ability status, and experience.

Medical Students:

Who should apply?
  • Medical students in years 1-4 with a sincere interest in exploring the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.
  • Students willing to dedicate evenings and/or weekends outside of regular medical school curriculum to participate in program activities (10-14 hours monthly).
  • 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.
  • 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. 
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. 

Residents:

Who should apply?
  • Residents with a sincere interest in exploring the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.
  • Residents willing to dedicate evenings and/or weekends (6-8 hours monthly) outside of training to participate in program activities.
  • Residents with dedication to promoting and contributing to diversity, inclusivity and equity. 
  • Residents who have an interest in serving their communities. 
  • Residents who are interested in learning from their colleagues, supporting one another, and sharing knowledge and experiences with medical students.
As a 2021-2022 UC San Diego CAP Inclusive Excellence Scholar, you will:
  • Attend 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. 
  •  Gain exposure to career pathways and advocacy within CAP.
  • Learn about youth mental health through an anti-racist curriculum.
  • Gain personalized mentorship from UCSD CAP Faculty.
  • Build community with a small group of students over the course of an academic year.
  • Be eligible for funding. 
The majority of the slots open are for medical students; select resident learners are seen as mentors and leaders within the group. If not selected, there will still be opportunities to attend CAP Inclusive Excellence events over the year. 

Application Submission:
Each applicant must submit: 
     1. A typed statement of interest.
     2. A copy of their CV.

Statements should be no longer than 1000 words and should describe the applicant’s interest in the CAP Inclusive Excellence program and in promoting health equity. Applicants may describe how this program might be beneficial in one’s career and may share personal anecdotes, background, past/present experiences or any other aspect of themselves that highlight their curiosity and interest in exploring Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP).

Applications that fail to meet the requirements or are incomplete will not be reviewed. Semi-finalists may be contacted to participate in a phone interview At the end of the review period, each applicant will receive an email letting them know if they have been selected for the program. 

The selection process does take into consideration individual and group interests to create a strong cohort. If not selected, there will still be opportunities to attend CAP Inclusive Excellence events over the year. 

**Applicants need not have previous experience with professional mental health experiences or education.
**Please submit your applications on or before Friday October 1st, 2021 5pm PST
**Questions? Please contact Anahi Ibarra, MPH (a4ibarra@health.ucsd.edu)

Applications for medical students 

Applications for residents 




CAPIE Year-long 2020-2021 Scholars:


Row 1: Natalie B. Fettinger, MD (PGY1), Zoey ZoBell, MD (PGY1), Kristen Kim, MD (PGY2), Brendan McIntyre (MS3), Cecilia Rangel-Garcia (MS4) 

Row 2: Kiley Rucker (MS2), Brianna Irons (MS1), Gabrielle Armijo (MS3), Debha Amatya (MS4/PhD), Heidi Bahn (MS2)

Row 3: Lauren Tronick (MS2), Tarina Quraishim, MD (PGY2), Monique Ortiz (MS1), Benjamin Amendolara, MD (PGY1)