We have launched an exciting collaboration between our training program and our outstanding faculty of basic and applied psychiatry researchers. This sequence allows a trainee to acquire the basics of research on an accelerated schedule leading to the completion of publishable research in a six-year combined Adult and Child and Adolescent Research residency.
The first year rotations on Medicine, Neurology, Emergency Medicine and Inpatient Psychiatry would be retained with few changes allowing the trainee to gain mastery in the basic subject matter of psychiatry. Time would be designated each week to meet with potential mentors from the exciting array of accomplished researchers on our faculty based on the stated interests of the trainee. Introductory course work basic to research would be begun.
Starting in the second year, trainees on the research sequence would enter more advanced course work in statistics and methods and begin the process of developing a project proposal, with their chosen mentor. A half-day per week would be protected from clinical obligations to allow scheduled meetings with the mentor and reading focused on an area of interest, whether joining one of our senior faculty researchers in their research or developing the trainees own idea. Attention will then move to writing up an initial proposal and seeking funding for the project.
In the 3rd through 5th years a full day per week would be devoted to implementing the proposal while meeting Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training requirements. This would grow to 2 3 days per week by the 6th year by which time the project would move to writing up results for publication. Alternately, if the nature of the proposal would benefit from a large block of time, 4 5 months could be dedicated full-time to the project with the remaining 6 7 months used to fulfill training requirements.
In completing the research sequence, we expect the trainee will be capable of joining our own faculty or that of another university to continue to advance the boundaries of knowledge in psychiatry with the expertise developed during training.