School of Medicine

General Psychiatry Residency

Research Specialized Track

The Research Track (RT) is a specialized training program for psychiatry residents planning careers as physician-scientists. This individualized program is geared toward MD-PhD graduates, as well as MD/DO graduates, who aim to become clinician researchers.

Our program is currently matching up to two RT residents per year.

Program Objectives

The RT is structured to integrate concurrent high-quality clinical training, personalized development of scientific skills and knowledge, post-doctoral research experience, and comprehensive mentorship. This longitudinal program allows each RT resident to develop a line of research while achieving competency as a clinical psychiatrist. 

Program Benefits

The extensive research support provided by the RT program includes:

  • the equivalent of 16 full-time months of protected research time
  • availabilty of startup funds, when needed for research
  • a mentorship team of senior and junior faculty
  • core didactics and individualized coursework
  • support for travel to 3 scientific meetings

Upon completing the program, RT residents are positioned to apply for a career development award (CDA) and launch their careers as clinician-investigators.  

Program Experience by Year


Research FTE

Dedicated Research Time

Activities and Goals



1 month

  • Identify mentor and potential projects



3 months

  • Develop RT project
  • Core and individualized coursework



Half-time for 12 months

  • Continue RT project
  • Core and individualized coursework



Half-time for 12 months

  • Write CDA application (first-draft)
  • Core and individualized coursework

Research Track Steering Committee

Learn More

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Researchers beyond the Department of Psychiatry |