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Early Career Researcher Mentorship Program

How to Apply

Launched in 2016, the Early Career Researcher Mentorship Program was developed in memory of Dr. Wayne Katon, APM president 2012-13, and his contribution to mentoring young researchers. It is administered by the Academy's Research & Evidence-Based Practice (REBP) Committee.

The program is organized around two complementary awards with separate application processes:

  • Research Mentorship Professor Award, sponsored by the Foundation of the APM
  • Early Career Researcher Mentee Award

The overall objective of the program is to develop emerging talent in the field of PM/C-L research through the mentorship of a leading research professor. A maximum of three mentees will be selected each year.

bulletResearch Mentorship Professor Award

Candidate Criteria: Applicants must demonstrate a substantial research achievement background in an area relevant to psychosomatic medicine/consultation-liaison psychiatry; a proven track record as a mentor; and a willingness to accept the responsibilities of the role, which are:

  • Face-to-face mentoring of selected mentees at the Academy's upcoming annual meeting
  • Presenting a lecture (or equivalent) at the "Research for Researchers" session at the annual meeting
  • Presenting up to one additional lecture, if requested by the Academy's Annual Meeting Program Committee
  • Organizing and maintaining regular contact (every other month is recommended) with assigned mentees for the duration of the program (phone, video-call, or other preferred/suitable means)
  • Concluding the program by submitting a summary report on mentee interactions to the APM Council by November 1 of the year following selection

Award: Complimentary registration to the annual meeting and $10,000 to cover costs to attend the meeting, with the remaining balance provided as an honorarium. The program starts at the annual meeting and concludes on October 31 of the following year.

bulletEarly Career Researcher Mentee Award

Jeff Huffman, 2014 Lipsitt Award recipient
The first participants in the Research Mentorship Program, from left: mentee Joseph Cerimele, MD; mentorship professor Kurt Kroenke, MD; mentee Hsiang Huang, MD; mentee Mark Oldham, MD

Candidate Criteria:

  • Demonstration of current research activity (via the submission of a one-page outline plan for a research-active career in grant-funded research)
  • Willingness and ability to effectively use research mentorship
  • Optional Academy membership; no geographical limitations

Expectations of awardees:

  • Attend the entirety of the upcoming Academy annual meeting
  • Actively participate in the upcoming Academy annual meeting, including research sessions
  • Participate in face-to-face mentoring meetings with the Research Professor


  • Up to four (4) hotel nights
  • Complimentary annual meeting registration
  • US $500 stipend to offset travel costs
  • The priceless personal time and networking connection with a leading figure of the profession



Research Mentorship Professor:
Kurt Kroenke, MD, Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine

Joseph Cerimele, MD, University of Washington School of Medicine
Hsiang Huang, MD, Cambridge Health Alliance
Mark Oldham, MD, Yale School of Medicine


Research Mentorship Professor:

Nominations are submitted online using the online Research Mentorship Professor Nomination form by June 30. The professor is selected by both the Foundation of the APM and the Academy's Research Subcommittee. The professor is funded by the Foundation.



Early Career PM research psychiatrists wishing to have a year's mentorship with a leading PM researcher need to submit the online Early Career Researcher Mentee Application by June 30.

The application includes space for a statement, of no more than 750 words, of your current area of research interest. Detail how you think you would benefit from the year-long mentoring relationship.

Applications will be assessed by the Academy’s Research & Evidence-Based Practice (REBP) Committee in collaboration with the mentor. Selected candidates will be notified by August 31.

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