Application Process


The Program Director from each separately accredited general and child and adolescent training program in the United States and Canada, may submit one (1) nomination.

The nominee must be a current PGY II or III in general psychiatry (PRITE® Fellowship) or a first year child fellow (CHILD PRITE® Fellowship) as of July 1, 2024.  Due to the time commitment required, nominations cannot be accepted for those residents who are PGY IVs or second year child fellows.

The recipient must be able to attend the entire meeting of the PRITE® Editorial Board held in July during each of the two (2) years after being named a Fellow.  Fellows will also be invited to attend the College Annual Meetings held in February during their Fellowship.

IMPORTANT: Time Commitment Required for PRITE and CHILD PRITE Fellows

The candidate and Program Director should be aware that the PRITE Fellowship is a big time committment.  The Fellows will write around 20 new questions that are due in early January.  This assignment is sent out in early Fall.  It also includes a small re-write assignment where you will make minor edits (if needed) to already written questions. A second pre-meeting assignment is sent out in May (due late June/early July) in preparation for the July Meeting.  The new Fellows are required to participate in two conference calls (half hour or so each) - one in September/October and one in May/June.  The first call provides more detail and instruction related to the new item writing and re-write assignments.  The call in June provides an overview of the July Meeting and discusses the pre-meeting assignment.  Here is a timeline of PRITE activities for reference: Timeline.

Typically, PRITE question writers spend about one to two hours from start to finish on each question.  Some questions may take longer and some may take less time.  The candidate and Program Director should not only be aware of, but also be supportive of this time commitment.  

To provide you with a better understanding of how the candidates are scored, here is the Scoring Rubric used to score candidates: Scoring Rubric

Senior Fellow Appointment

At the PRITE Editorial Board Meeting in July, the PRITE Editors will select an outgoing PRITE/CHILD PRITE Fellow - Senior PRITE Fellow - to serve a one-year term on the PRITE Fellowship Selection Committee and act as a mentor to the current PRITE Fellows. (This would be a third year post-PRITE/CHILD PRITE Fellowship.)  Their contribution to the selection process will be valuable in selecting the next group of Fellows. The Senior Fellow will also be part of a small group that will create and plan virtual activities for the Fellows throughout the year and also be a part of the planning process for the following year's Annual Meeting in February.  This appointment is done alongside a selected Laughlin Fellow.  They will attend an additional Annual Meeting and PRITE Editorial Board Meeting. 

Compile Nomination Packet

Nominations are now being submitted online.  Click the "Nominate Online" button below once you are ready.

1.Nominator must be the Program Director. NOTE: Candidates may be nominated for either the PRITE or Laughlin Fellowship, but not both in the same year.  Those selected as a PRITE or Laughlin Fellow may not apply for the other Fellowship in future years. 


Regarding the CHILD PRITE Fellowship

  • Due to the timing of the nomination deadline, often Child Fellowship Directors haven’t gotten a chance to get to know the new Fellows yet.  In order to help provide an opportunity to more child fellow applicants to take part in the Fellowship, The College and the PRITE Fellowship Selection Committee would like to encourage “outgoing” Adult Program Directors to assist the new Child Psychiatry Fellowship Program Director in completing the nomination process, specifically in answering the Training Director questions. 
  • In addition, the current Adult Psychiatry Program Director can nominate a current PGY 3 resident (scheduled to begin their Child Fellowship in the coming months) for CHILD PRITE.  We will just require a “sign off” as part of the application process from the Child Program Director. Please include a brief statement of support from the new Child Fellowship Director as part of your application submittal. 

2.  Questions to be answered by the Program Director that indicates the reasons for the candidate’s nomination and the Director’s endorsement of the candidate 


Reasons why this fellowship would be a good fit for the candidate career goals.


The American College of Psychiatrists is committed to diversity, respectful inclusion, and equity. With this in mind,please explain (if known) how the candidate would promote these values and add to the richness of the experience.


 Please address how this activity will be made a part of the expected residency activities/standard workday so that the candidate is supported timewise and through mentoring.


Please answer/elaborate on the following items related to the candidate:

  1. Ability to work in teams
  2. Open-mindedness
  3. Academic/ scholarly activity track record
  4. Lifelong learner (in practice and mindset)
  5. Believes in continuous improvement

3. Nomination letter from the candidate outlining his/her current interests in psychiatry.  Please address:


Significant personal accomplishments related to teaching and/or writing. (ex. organizing a study course or specific activities related to PRITE or other examinations or curricula.  NOTE: The focus should be on reasons/accomplishments since residency.


     Reasons why the candidate would be a good fit for the PRITE Fellowship based on their experience. 

NOTE: Selected candidates may not write exam questions for any other organization while serving on the PRITE Editorial Board.  


Reasons how the PRITE Fellowship/writing questions for the PRITE could influence the candidate’s future career.


The American College of Psychiatrists is committed to diversity, respectful inclusion, and equity. With this in mind, the candidate should explain how they would promote these values and add to the richness of the experience.

4.  Nominee’s curriculum vitae

5.  Five original multiple-choice sample questions with answer key, rationale and references.  It is strongly recommended that candidates review the "Suggestions for Writing Good Questions". *Please use these guidelines when writing your sample questions.*

  • REQUIRED: Two, out of the five original multiple-choice questions must be vignette style questions.
  • Be sure to write with a thoughtful application of concepts (versus simple factual knowledge)
  • The questions should be independent of one another and should also cover different content areas.  For reference: PRITE Content Outline and CHILD PRITE Content Outline
  • A different reference source should be used for each question.  
  • Please submit one question (along with answer key, rationale and reference(s)) per page. 
  • Please remove all identifying information from the question document as these are scored blindly by the Committee. 

6. Sign-off by the candidate stating that they wrote their own questions and did not receive help in doing so.  Template  provided (if helpful) as part of the nomination process. 

Nominations must be submitted online to The College no later than May 15, 2024*.

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Submit your nomination online now! (NOTE: Must be submitted by the Program Director or their designee.)

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