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Resources for Underrepresented Trainees

The UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry is committed to promoting the inclusion and success of individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds in academic medicine. We strive to create an inclusive environment for trainees representing all aspects of diversity (race/ethnicity, disability, religion, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status), with a particular commitment to supporting the recruitment, retention, and advancement of trainees from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds. As such, the department has formed the Recruiting, Retaining, and Elevating Black and Diverse Trainees subcommittee of the department's Anti-Racism workgroup. This committee strives to foster a supportive and inclusive climate for underrepresented trainees through advocacy, resource development, and sponsorship. This work is never finished, and we welcome the voices of all staff, trainees, and faculty within the department. If you are interested in joining the Recruiting, Retaining, and Elevating Black and Diverse Trainees subcommittee, please reach out to the committee coordinator, Dr. Barbara Caplan (   

This webpage is in process. We welcome any feedback about this webpage, as well as suggestions for tools or resources to support additional aspects of diversity.  Please submit your comments or suggestions for this webpage HERE. 

Fellowship and Awards for URM Trainees 

Research-Focused Fellowships and Awards

Travel Awards

Clinical Fellowships and Awards

UCSD Sanford Institute Empathy and Compassion Award


APA/APF Fellowships

For Prospective Trainees

Funding Resources

  • NIH Loan Repayment Program (applications due November 18!).The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The LRPs counteract that financial pressure by repaying up to $50,000 annually of a researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. 
  • Award Repository. Our department is in the process of developing a repository of fellowships and awards, such as those listed above, in the aim of supporting URM trainees in applying for funding. If you are interested in learning more about the committee’s plans for the repository, or contributing a successful application, please contact the committee coordinator, Dr. Barbara Caplan (   
  • In addition to this repository, trainees may find it helpful to browse open source grants to see example applications. Open source grant examples are available here:
  • Diversity Supplement Matching Program. The Department of Psychiatry is committed to promoting diversity in science and the advancement of individual URM trainees through Diversity Supplements. If you are a URM trainee and interested in learning more about the program or exploring a potential match to a research faculty mentor, please fill out this brief Trainee Interest Form. Interested faculty are similarly able to express interest in matching with trainees for Diversity Supplements by completing a Faculty Interest Form. NOTE: Trainees both within and outside of the Department of Psychiatry are welcome to express interest in Diversity Supplement matching. 
  • Diversity Supplement Repository. The UC San Diego ACTRI has compiled a repository of successful diversity supplement applications within the UCSD School of Medicine (many of which come from the Department of Psychiatry). Reviewing sample applications may help trainees and faculty to make informed decisions about applying, as well as prepare competitive applications. Trainees and faculty may request access to the diversity supplement repository by clicking "Submit Access Request" on the ACTRI Diversity Supplement Website (Note: You must submit the request with a valid UCSD email address to obtain approval).

Department Resources

  • BIPOC Community Forum. Our department hosts monthly events for BIPOC/URM trainees to connect and share their experiences. Please contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Larry Malak (, if you are interested in learning more about these events.   
  • Personalized Consultation Program.  The Chair’s Advisory Committee on Diversity Issues offers a program entitled the Personalized Consultation Program.  This unique program is open to UCSD Psychiatry Department trainees (e.g., graduate students, interns, residents, post-docs) and provides opportunities for private discussions with a faculty member who serves as a “consultant” or “advisor” on issues relevant to personal identity and how this relates to professional development.  The goal is to give individuals a resource, in addition to their existing career mentor(s), to help address topics relevant to professional development and career goals that one may not wish to discuss in their primary professional or training setting.  This faculty consultant is a member of a specific identity group or someone with a specific life experience relevant to the consultee’s needs. This consultation service is confidential and is not discussed as part of any professional evaluation or academic review. To learn more about this program, please contact program coordinators, Veronica Cardenas, PhD (, or Scott Sorg, Ph.D. ( 
  • Conflict Resolution Advocate.  The Department of Psychiatry has created the position of a departmental Conflict Resolution Advocate in the aim of supporting department morale across faculty, trainees, staff, and visitors. The Conflict Resolution Advocate is appointed to investigate issues related to harassment and other complaints, provide support, and connect individuals to relevant services on or off campus. If you want to connect with our ombudsperson, or if you have concerns that could benefit from support, please reach out to our interim Conflict Resolution Advocate, Dr. Beth Twamley (   
  • Psychiatry Residency Diversity Committee. The UC San Diego Psychiatry Residency Program is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion among trainees and faculty. See the program's Diversity Committee webpage here.  

Additional Resources 


For other diversity-related content showcasing events in our Department, general discussion of diversity-related topics, and articles identified by the Diversity Dissemination subcommittee - please visit the Diversity Corner and Diversity Reads pages of our Department website. 

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