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