PsychSIGN Conferences

Region 3 Conference

Join us at “Trailblazers and Advocates: Discovering the Magic of Psychiatry”, which will feature panels on trauma and advocacynon-traditional careers in psychiatry (cha-ching), how to overcome the dreaded imposter syndrome, and things psychiatrists wish they knew!

Light breakfast and lunch will be served, thanks to contributions from the APA!

Please follow this link to RSVP:

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Brittany Tarrant, at

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Region 6 Conference

Join us for the upcoming Region 6 conference! This year, we’re focusing on the unique perspectives of psychiatrists in California. We will be hosting a residency Q&A panel with local residency programs, a screening of the Southern California Psychiatric Society’s documentary “The Art of Storytelling,” and individual speakers who contribute to medical education and organizational psychiatry in our state. Medical students at any stage of training are welcome to attend.

More information and link for online registration can be found here:

Questions, comments, and suggestions may be sent to Kelsey at

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Region 5 Conference

This year’s Region 5 meeting will be held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside from 8:00am – 5:00pm with speakers in the morning followed by a residency fair in the afternoon.
It will be a great networking opportunity for all those interested in the field or applying since program directors along with a resident panel will be present. Feel free to contact me with any questions or issues.
It is a free conference and a quick registration:

Helping Hands Grants from the APA

MENTAL ILLNESS can profoundly disrupt a person’s thinking, moods, ability to relate to others and capacity for coping with the demands of life. While mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income level, a heightened need exists for improved mental health education and assistance particularly in under-served communities throughout the United States. The staggering individual and societal consequences of untreated mental illness include: unnecessary disability, unemployment, substance abuse and homelessness. Every year in the United States, the economic cost of untreated mental illness exceeds hundreds of billions of dollars.

To address this issue, the Helping Hands Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000 to medical schools for mental health and substance use disorder projects, particularly in under-served minority communities. Funded projects are created and managed by medical students and can be conducted in partnership with community agencies, or in conjunction with ongoing medical school outreach activities.

The program was established to encourage medical students to participate in community service activities, particularly those focused on under-served populations; raise awareness of mental illness and the importance of early recognition of illness; and build an interest among medical students in the psychiatric field and working in under-served communities.

The Helping Hands Grant Program provides grants of up to $5,000  These projects can be conducted in partnership with community agencies or in conjunction with ongoing medical school outreach activities, and must be supervised by at least one psychiatrist.


Applications for 2017 grants must be postmarked by May 31, 2017. If your institution requires review and approval by the Grants and Contract Office, please allow sufficient time for this to occur prior to submission of the application. Award decisions will be announced in mid-August, with grant funding available beginning September 1 (or upon receipt of a signed grant contract).

The program year runs from September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018. Funds must be expended within this time frame. Unused funds must be returned to the foundation. If required, grant extensions should be requested prior to the end of the grant year in August, 2018.

Be sure to follow the application instructions and submit one original copy of a completed application packet by mail or by email as a PDF. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please contact Lilia Coffin via email, with any questions regarding the application.


University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Diversity Visiting Medical Student Subinternship Program

This sub-internship program is a funded program designed to give fourth-year medical students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in psychiatry the opportunity to do a 4-week visiting student rotation on an adult inpatient psychiatry rotation at Harborview Medical Center or a child and adolescent psychiatry rotation at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The program is open to medical students who have demonstrated academic excellence, strong leadership and extracurricular experience, and a commitment to working with disadvantaged, underserved populations, and who come from backgrounds underrepresented in psychiatry. This includes African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Asian/Pacific Islanders. Each student selected for the program will receive a $3000 stipend to cover travel and housing costs.
Deadline for applications is June 1, 2017.
For more details about the program and application procedures, please see:

Diversity Visiting Medical Student Subinternship Program


National Health Service Corps Scholarship

You can apply to the Scholarship Program if you are committed to primary care and accepted to or enrolled in an accredited U.S. school in one of the following primary care disciplines:

Physicians (MD or DO)- Psychiatry is considered primary care.
Nurse Practitioners (post graduate degree with clinical practice focus)
Certified Nurse-Midwives
Physician Assistants

The scholarship pays tuition, fees, other educational costs, and provides a living stipend in return for a commitment to work at least 2 years at an NHSC-approved site in a medically underserved community.

The Scholarship Program accepts applications once each year. To learn more about how NHSC reviews applications and determines who receives a scholarship, please watch this short video. Applicants chosen to receive the scholarship are notified no later than September 30.

If you have any questions about the application process, feel free to contact current scholarship recipient & National Director Emilie at

Accepting applications through April 27, 7:30 p.m. ET

PsychSIGN Conferences

PsychSIGN @ the APA registration is now closed.

Registration for PsychSIGN’s 12th Annual Meeting at the 170th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in San Diego, CA is now closed. If you are already registered, send in your travel plans to confirm your seat. If you do not confirm, your seat will be released to the waitlist for all remaining interested students.

Please direct questions & travel plans to Grace at

Saturday, May 20th will be a packed day of talks including a program director’s panel, CV workshop, and film screening & discussion about the Art of Psychiatry. We will be continuing our theme on trainee wellness with an interactive lunch discussion and round the day out with a subspecialty dinner. The first 60 people who express interest will be able to attend the Subspecialty Dinner on May 20th from 6pm-9pm. This dinner is an opportunity to socialize with psychiatrists in a broad range of fields.Sunday will have an exciting residency fair open to all students. Region Chair elections will also take place at the PsychSIGN conference. The conference free, but registration is required.

Free hotel accommodations will be provided for Friday and Saturday night for the first 100 people who sign up and provide proof of travel plans to the San Diego area. If you plan to stay for more of the conference, please be sure to make other arrangements. Accommodations and all PsychSIGN events will be at the Marriott Marquis.