Stanford University School of Medicine

The Klingenstein Medical Student Fellowship Program is designed to expose first and second year medical students to the field of child & adolescent mental health, and to increase awareness and provide education about child and adolescent psychiatry as a career. It features a year-long program wherein medical students are paired with child and adolescent psychiatry faculty, meeting bimonthly for clinical experiences and mentoring. It also provides opportunities for the students to get involved in scientific research, and many of our past participants have attended or presented their research material at professional conferences.

Official Program Name

The Klingenstein Foundation Medical Scholars Program in Clinical Developmental Mental Health at Lucille Salter Packard Hospital
Program Director Shashank Joshi, MD # of students: 10-15
Assistant Director Anita Kishore, MD # of faculty: 20+



5-10 mentors

2 students per mentor


Shadow a fellow or faculty member on the Consult Service or the Eating Disorders

Service for a defined period, typically half a day per week over 4-8 months


Learn about faculty areas of interests

Engage directly with CAP Division speakers (faculty and fellows)

Pursue formal research training after being introduced to a specific topic with a clinical mentor

Travel or research awards (e.g. through AACAP) to attend regional or national meetings, or to immerse them in a specific area of scholarly study


Legislative actions

Letter writing on behalf of a specific bill

Service learning in surrounding communities


Course in child and adolescent development and mental health, PSYC 225, taken for credit in the first or second year of medical school. The course meets two to three times per month for three quarters with a Teaching Assistant