The KTGF MSP at the University of Illinois at Chicago is a structured mentoring program that links medical students with child and adolescent psychiatry (CAP) faculty. The goals of the program are to provide medical students with meaningful exposure to the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, as well as encourage students to pursue CAP as a career path. Students and their mentors design individualized program experiences including clinical shadowing and/or research activities. The core program runs from January of M1 year through December of M2 year; however, all medical students are invited to participate on a continuing basis. There are two levels of membership in the KTGF-JGH program: fellows and associate fellows. Fellows participate in clinical and/or research activities with their assigned mentor and attend all group activities, while associate fellows attend all group activities. The program is based at the Institute for Juvenile Research, which is the oldest child mental health clinic in the country, established in 1909. Students can work with both child and adolescent psychiatrist (CAP) mentors, as well as with psychologists, social workers, and nurses in various ongoing clinical and research opportunities.
|Program Director||Geri Fox, MD||# of students: 15-20|
|Co-Program Director||Marilyn Griffin, MD||# of faculty: 5-10|
|Admin. Assistant||Elizabeth Walch|
|Program Dates||January 1 -December 31|
1 student per mentor
1-5 hours of mentorship monthly
ICCAP Advocacy Day–involves travel to Springfield, IL with Illinois Council of Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry members
Participation in ICCAP dinners with CAP speakers
Summer CAP activities may be arranged on an individual basis with a mentor according to interest and availability. Interested students are encouraged to develop a project proposal with their mentors. This proposal can be submitted to apply for summer fellowship awards through the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Campaign for America’s Kids and Spurlock Awards. The award deadline is in February of each year. Those who do not get the national award are still encouraged to complete the project and to seek other funding.