Academic Career

Our residency training program is interested in residents who want to excel, whether in a clinical career, research career or a combination of both. All of our residents receive intensive clinical training. For those residents interested in exploring the possibility of an academic career, we are able to provide outstanding research mentors from an internationally recognized faculty. One of the keys to a successful academic career is a knowledgeable faculty mentor. Many of our faculty are involved in interdisciplinary research with other faculty throughout the medical center (and the world) and, therefore, interested residents have the opportunity to work with faculty from other departments as well as our own. We have included lists of psychiatry faculty publications and grants in order to provide a flavor of the academic richness of our department.

Residents interested in an academic career are encouraged to choose a faculty research advisor in their first or second year. During their PG-2 year, they may select research for one or both of their selective blocks. In addition, they may spend the entire 8-month elective time during their PG-4 year doing research with their mentor. Thus, over 10 months of research time may be available to qualified residents.

Residents desiring a more intensive exposure to research after residency may be able to participate in one or more additional years of research training as a research fellow. These positions provide 80% time for research. Currently, five different research training grants support twenty-five positions (21 postdoctoral and four predoctoral) in the department. Current trainees are involved in a large variety of research projects ranging from studies of basic neurobiological mechanisms to clinical research.