Scholars Program

Access to quality mental health care for our nation’s elderly is at serious risk. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) noted in its April 2008 report, “the current workforce is not large enough to meet older patients’ needs, and the scarcity of workers specializing in the care of older adults is even more pronounced.”

The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation’s Scholars Fund was developed to expose medical students and young physicians to the rewarding field of geriatric psychiatry in an effort to increase the number of medical professionals expertly trained to care for the growing older population.

The Scholars Fund will provide for the mentorship and educational development of medical students and psychiatry residents through multiple opportunities to participate in the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP). It is the goal of this program to encourage residents and medical students to pursue specialized training in geriatrics. Through past efforts AAGP has demonstrated that facilitating interactions in a structured manner between trainees and seasoned members in the field of geriatric psychiatry results in almost 75 percent of those trainee participants pursuing specialized geriatric fellowships.

The GMHF Scholars program will be instrumental in ensuring that the nation’s elderly population has access to comprehensive mental health services in the next decade.

Residents gather for small group discussion during the 2017 Scholars Program.

What Are The Components Of The Scholars Program?

The GMHF Scholars Fund is a multi-prong program that will provide access to the field of geriatric psychiatry to medical students and psychiatry residents. Funds will be used to pay for one- or two-year memberships in the Association thereby giving trainees full access to all AAGP member programs and activities; support Scholars’ activities during the AAGP Annual Meeting, including structured mentorship programs; provide scholarships to AAGP’s focused educational programs such as the Maintenance of Certification Conferences; and develop tools for medical students and residents to make informed choices about their medical careers.
Components of the GMHF Scholars Program are directed by the GMHF Scholars Planning Group, comprised of leading geriatric educators and training directors. Medical students and psychiatry residents will participate in a competitive process for selection in one or more of the components of the program that include at this time

  • A one-year membership to the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Fully paid airfare and hotel accommodations to attend the AAGP annual meeting
  • A full day of programming specifically for trainees, plus lunch with an assigned mentor, attendance at the Honors Scholars Alumni Session and a donor reception.
  • Full registration to the AAGP Annual Meeting
  • Ongoing mentorship throughout the year, culminating in the completion of a Scholarly project
  • The opportunity to present at the next annual meeting (3-4 Honors Scholars are selected to return to present their scholarly work)

How Are The Scholars Chosen?
Psychiatry clerkship directors from accredited medical schools and psychiatry residency training directors will be invited to nominate medical students or residents for participation in this prestigious program. Final selections will be made by a group of leading educators in the field of geriatric psychiatry.   

To Apply for a Scholarship
Applications for the 2018 Scholars Program are due October 1, 2017.  


Thank you!


The AAGP and the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation are grateful to all of our donors for their tremendous support of the Scholars Program. We were able to provide financial support for 25 Psychiatry residents and 4 medical students to attend our 2018 meeting and participate in a full day of educational programming in geriatric psychiatry!

Please donate to the 2018 Scholars Fund!!

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Donors will receive a CV and picture of their scholarship recipient and have the opportunity to meet them in person at the GMHF Donor Reception at the annual meeting. All donations to the GMHF Scholars Fund are tax-deductible.


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