AAGP Scholars Program, an Opportunity for Psychiatry Residents and Medical Students

Applications Due: December 7, 2020

Chair: Brandon Yarns, MD

Vice Chair: Kristina Zdanys, MD

These scholarships are available to Psychiatry residents (PGY1-3 U.S. psychiatry residents and PGY 1-4 Canadian psychiatry residents) and medical students (accredited U.S. and Canadian medical schools) will be granted to the most highly qualified applicants as determined by the selection committee. Due to the competitive nature of these limited scholarships, we will not be able to award scholarships to individuals who have been awarded an Honors scholarship in a previous year.



  • 1-year AAGP membership, including subscription to AJGP
  • Free registration to the 2021 AAGP annual meeting 
  • Free registration to the 2022 AAGP annual meeting
  • A 1-day trainee specific program, the 2021 Scholars Program
  • Assignment of a geriatric psychiatrist/AAGP member mentor to provide career-related advice and supervise the completion of a scholarly project related to geriatric psychiatry
  • $50 voucher for purchase of lunch during the Scholars Program
  • $100 toward purchases from the AAGP Bookstore


By accepting the scholarship, Honors Scholars agree to complete the following requirements:

  • Full participation in the 2021 Scholars Program
  • Completion of a scholarly project related to geriatric psychiatry over the course of the year (required for psychiatry residents, encouraged for medical students). Three-to-four psychiatry residents will be selected to present the results of their scholarly projects at the Scholars Alumni Session during the 2022 AAGP Annual Meeting.

“The Scholars Program is great for trainees interested in pursuing fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry because it provides a comprehensive and engaging platform for trainees to learn about the various facets of Geriatric Psychiatry, gain exposure to programs from around the country, and discover the diversity of career options in this field. The warmly collegial atmosphere and the creative intellectually stimulating programming geared towards trainees makes the Scholars Program unique and a must-attend for any trainee interested in Geriatric Psychiatry.”— Shilpa Srinivasan, Program Director, Prisma Health / University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia Program


“The Scholars program offers mentorship, career development and opportunities for professional growth in one of the most collegial atmospheres ever created. The opportunity to network and meet professionals from all areas of geriatric practice is truly unprecedented and only available through this program.”— Dr. Melinda Lantz, Program Director, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship


“I have benefited both as a Scholar and as a mentor, and my continued participation over the years is a highlight of my membership in AAGP.  This unique program provides world class mentoring, career guidance, opportunities for networking and professional growth, and friendship.” - Jordan F. Karp, MD, Professor and Chair, University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry


“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!” - Anna Garcia, 2020 PGY-3 Scholar, University of New Mexico

Procedures for Application

Application packets should include the following documents:

  • Application form
  • Applicant’s curriculum vitae or resume
  • Letter of intent and interest from the resident or medical student
  • Letter of recommendation from a psychiatry or geriatric psychiatry faculty member at your institution
  • Digital Photograph (not to exceed 2MB in size to be shared with scholarship donor)

Send the application packet by mail or email to:

AAGP Scholars Program Selection Committee
6728 Old McLean Village Drive
McLean, VA 22101
Phone: 703-556-9222
Email: Training@aagponline.org 

Application Deadline: December 7, 2020

Download application (Word Doc) here:  


The program participants will be announced in January 2021.
For additional information, please phone or email AAGP at 703-556-9222; Training@aagponline.org