AAGP Scholar's Testimonials
“I applied to the AAGP Scholars Program to explore the field of geriatric psychiatry and solidify my decision to pursue a career in geriatric mental health. The mentorship and career development opportunities surpassed my expectations especially given the challenges and travel restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. During fellowship interviews the Scholars Program was frequently a topic of discussion and emphasizing the prestigious and competitive nature of the Honors Scholarship. I'm most appreciative for the networking opportunities and enthusiastically encourage others interested to apply!”
University of New Mexico
"Participation in the Scholars Program truly solidified my desire to pursue a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry. The networking opportunities in the Scholars Program was invaluable, and I look forward to completing my scholarly project. The support of trainees is truly inspirational. Thank you very much for providing such a great opportunity."
Rachel Meyen, MD
Harvard South Shore Psychiatry Residency Program
"The AAGP Scholars Program allowed me to meet countless advocates, scientists, dedicated clinicians, and teachers, all with the common goal of caring for our aging population. These new colleagues and their infectious enthusiasm for the field helped me in planning my own career in geriatric psychiatry. From symposia on the nuanced management of neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia, to thought-provoking talks on medical ethics, the conference program is full of forward-looking and interactive discussions. This experience gives trainees a foundation on which to build their professional goals, including education, research, policy development, or the clinical arena. The mentorship made possible by the AAGP and its commitment to medical students and residents is an opportunity for which I am incredibly thankful!"
Chadrick Lane, MD
Yale School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry
"The AAGP meeting was the highlight of my second year in medical school. It was extremely gratifying to explore my burgeoning interest in geriatric psychiatry. The meeting environment was exceptionally enthusiastic and welcoming from start to finish. In addition to the wealth of knowledge I gained from the individual presentations and plenaries, I was afforded the rare privilege of one-on-one time with current residents, clinicians, and program directors, and I was able to develop a sense of the many rewarding career paths available to a geriatric psychiatrist. To say the least, I was humbled to have this opportunity so early in my training. I would encourage any medical students with interests in the brain/mind and caring for older adults to apply to the Scholars Program. I think you will very much enjoy what the field has to offer!"
Karl Greenblatt, BA
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
"The GMHF Honors Scholarship has been a great benefit. It has facilitated my meeting many leaders in the field of geriatric psychiatry and working closely with a mentor. The atmosphere at the AAGP conference was one of intellectual curiosity and intense dedication, but at the same time it was very welcoming."
Anne Johnson, MD
University of Texas Southwestern, PGY-3
"As a GMHF Honors Scholar, I had the opportunity to network with experts in the field and attend thought provoking lectures throughout the conference. My involvement in the AAGP solidified my decision to apply for geriatric psychiatry fellowship. I am highly appreciative to my mentor, who provides helpful career advice and assistance with my scholarly project, and my donor for assistance with travel and lodging. It was also exciting to meet like-minded medical students and residents with a similar interest in geriatrics. I would strongly encourage you to apply today in order to take part in this invaluable experience!"
Jessica Abellard, MD:
Cooper University Hospital, PGY3
“I just wanted to say thank you very much for all the time and effort you put into the GMHF Scholars programming at the AAGP conference this year. I had a wonderful experience meeting other practitioners and fellow residents and am excited about completing a project and working with my mentor during the upcoming year. It was wonderful to be in such a collegial atmosphere and the passion for geriatric psychiatry was definitely contagious. Again, thank you for everything and I hope to see you at the conference next year, too!”
Rachel D. Maree, MD, MPH
PGY-2 Psychiatry Resident
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
“I just wanted to write a quick note to thank you for the opportunity to present at this year’s AAGP. I didn’t get a chance to say so in the panel discussion during my session, but I have greatly treasured my experiences as an honors program scholar and as an alumnus. I have found the AAGP community to be incredibly supportive and interested in my training and future and am grateful to have been able to make very fruitful and positive connections during the conferences.”
James Wilkins, MD, PhD
PGY-3 Psychiatry Resident
Massachusetts General Hospital-McLean Hospital
“Thank you again for the opportunity to participate in AAGP’s annual meeting. I really enjoyed learning about geriatric psychiatry as well as meeting such a warm and caring group of doctors and students. I could see that a lot of work went into the scholars program and I am very grateful to have been a part of it. Geriatric psychiatry will definitely be on my radar as I start residency this summer.”
Columbia University Medical Center
“Thank you so much for giving me the excellent opportunity to participate in the AAGP Scholars Program. I’m very grateful for everyone’s hard work, to donors for their generous contributions, AAGP members for their interest in my and other trainee’s professional and personal development, and to everyone for being so sweet and approachable. I've had such a positive experience that I’ll strongly encourage my home institution and professional organizations to donate funds to the Scholars Program, I'll promote the program to medical students and other residents at my institution, and will continue my AAGP membership with plans to attend the conference annually.”
Peter Ureste, MD
PGY3 Psychiatry Resident
University of Southern California-Los Angeles County Medical Center
“Since my program is so small and there is not much interest among my peers in geriatric psychiatry, it was wonderful to be surrounded by so many people that share my interest. It was also great to see successful and happy people in the field.”
PGY1 Psychiatry Resident
Dell Medical School at University of Texas at Austin
“I wanted to thank you for including me in the events of the scholars program at the AAGP meeting this weekend. I cannot overstate what a positive experience this was for me, particularly being able to meet other medical students and potential mentors who share my interest in Geri-psych. Thank you again for putting together this wonderful program and allowing me to participate. I am looking forward to coming to next year's AAGP meeting and reconnecting with the people I met this year.”
Matthew Woodward, MS
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine