The KTGF Medical Student Program encourages medical students and graduates to explore and pursue a career in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.

"With work like this, every day it is a joy to be a child psychiatrist. Who knew that the Klingenstein fellowship would help guide me to work in a field where I constantly feel privileged, intellectually stimulated, and just that I am actually doing something that is helpful for our community. I have no regrets about choosing child psychiatry."
- Anne McBride, University of California, Davis


For nearly 15 years the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation (KTGF) has provided funding to a coordinated network of medical schools across the country to administer the Klingenstein Medical Student Program (MSP). Each school selected to participate as an MSP carries out a unique, customized program that encourages medical students to pursue child and adolescent psychiatry as a career specialty. The programs are designed to provide medical students with mentorship and exposure to clinical experiences, research, and advocacy. The MSPs also participate in many other important projects including an annual KTGF National Medical Student Conference, special lectures, and networking opportunities with child and adolescent psychiatry leaders. Students who do not choose psychiatry as a specialty will benefit from a broader perspective relevant to behavioral/mental health in whatever practice they choose.

Since the program’s inception, over 700 hundred students have participated in the MSP at over 15 medical schools. While programming at each institution is unique, all MSPs aim to incorporate the following core program components:

  • Mentorship
  • Clinical experiences
  • Research opportunities
  • Advocacy opportunities

Program Administration

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) works with KTGF to provide programmatic support in the coordination of activities and reporting across the sites. AACAP also coordinates MSP fund administration, program evaluations, and reporting activities. In addition to the monthly and ongoing program activities taking place at each KTGF program site, KTGF Program Directors participate in important activities throughout the year:

  • Quarterly Program Director conference call
  • Annual individual Program Director call with Sally Klingenstein and AACAP
  • Submission of program rosters, progress reports, and program profiles
  • Contribute to KTGF longitudinal analysis by submitting Resident Match Data on program participants.
  • Annual KTGF National Medical Student Conference
  • Face-to-face Program Director meeting (at KTGF National Medical Student Conference and the AACAP Annual Meeting)
*No indirect costs may be allocated