AAGP Scholars Program - Donate Today!
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AAGP members provide the overwhelming majority of funding to the Scholars Program: the amount of money we receive from our membership directly influences the number of Scholars we are able to invite.
As shown in the graph, in 2019 we raised $88,700 and invited 31 residents and 10 medical students. To maximize our ability to encourage the next generation of medical students and residents to consider careers in geriatric psychiatry, we have a fundraising goal of $110,000 this year, to increase the number of trainees who could participate in the Scholars Program.
Please donate to the 2020 Scholars Fund by November 30!
Geriatric Psychiatrists are struggling to keep pace with the growing number of elderly patients requiring our expert care. In July 2012, the Institute of Medicine report projected the number of adults age 65 and older in the USA will grow to more than 72 million by 2030. In their support of the IOM study, the American Psychiatric Association cited estimates that the ratio of geriatric psychiatrist per older Americans will fall from “one for every 23,000 older Americans” to “one geriatric psychiatrist for every 27,000 individuals 65 and older by 2030”.
In 2008, the Scholars Program was created to expose psychiatry residents and medical students to our field with the goal of inspiring interest in the pursuit of a Geriatric Psychiatry fellowship.
What Are The Components Of The Scholars Program?
The Scholars Program provides trainees with a full day of interactive programming at the annual AAGP meeting, including:
- career panels
- inspirational speakers
- small groups
- geriatric psychiatry symposia highlighting the work of prior Honors Scholars
- mentorship pairing, including the opportunity to work on a year-long scholarly project
- access to experts in the field of geriatric Psychiatry
- attendance at a scholar’s breakfast, mentor paired luncheon and donor reception
"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!" MS-II General Scholar
"Participation in the Scholars Program truly solidified my desire to pursue a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry. The networking opportunities in the Scholars Program were 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."
2019 Donor Reception
Donors will receive a scientific biography and picture of their scholarship recipient and have the opportunity to meet them in person at the Donor Reception at the annual meeting. All donations to the Scholars Fund are tax-deductible.