The Dewitt Symposium

Equity has always been a driving force in our medical education, clinical care and scientific pursuits at Morehouse School of Medicine, and the need for advancement of equity in the psychiatric workforce is clear. Our institution has a long track record of expertly supporting the training and development of trainees from under-represented minoritized racial groups through our medical student and psychiatric trainee experiences. Now we want to share the extraordinary mentorship, sponsorship, and representation found in our department with more psychiatrists in training.

The Dewitt Symposium, named for the founding chair of our department, Dr. Dewitt C. Alfred, Jr., is an annual event at Morehouse School of Medicine that has traditionally been an internal event, including only our residents and fellow trainees and faculty. This year, we plan to bring in sixteen residents from other institutions for a scientific exchange and workshops regarding career progression and personal sustainability as a psychiatric physician. The program will be held in Atlanta, GA at the Kimpton Overland Hotel the evening of May 11th through the morning of May 13th, and include a number of activities to promote professional development, career planning, and mentorship both from peers and faculty.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Psychiatric Trainee in Good Standing at a Program in the Southeast United States
  • Black, Latinx or Indigenous Racial Background


  • Complete this form.
  • Send CV or Resume to
  • Have two letters sent directly to One from your APD or PD indicating support of the applicants participation and Another from someone familiar with your research or community outreach/advocacy.

Key Dates

  • Application Opens – Jan. 9th
  • Application Closes – Feb. 6th
  • Awardees Notified – Feb. 15th
  • Virtual Poster Session – Apr. 3 – 7th
  • Top Two Announced – Apri. 14th
  • Event – Begins with check and reception the Evening of May 11th and ends after checkout and Breakfast the Morning of May 13th