The Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) was founded in 1946 by a group of physicians under the
dynamic leadership of the late Dr. William C. Menninger. Their wartime experiences had brought them to realize the urgency of greater public awareness of the need for new programs in mental health for the people of the United States.
GAP analyzes significant data in psychiatry and human relations, reevaluates old concepts, develops new ones, and applies this knowledge for the advancement of mental health.
Membership in GAP is by invitation only and now comprises some
300 psychiatrists. Each member belongs to a committee that
is working in his or her area of special interest and expertise.
The 29 committees meet regularly, select their own topics for
exploration, invite participation by expert consultants from
other disciplines, collect and evaluate data, and present the
resulting work to the entire GAP membership for further and
Publication of findings as GAP reports,
videotapes, at scientific meetings, and through other media
serve to distribute the work of GAP.
GAP Fellowship is a two-year experience during which the Fellow
attends four semi-annual meetings and works with a GAP committee
on its current project.
The Fellow has the opportunity to meet and work collaboratively
with some of the leading psychiatrists in North America and
to develop a relationship with other outstanding residents.
You can download a brochure describing the fellowship by