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Psychiatry PSTP

For residents who have an MD/PhD or prior extensive research experience and are committed to a career as a physician-scientist, the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences offers a designated research track designed to maximize time and development of research interests during residency training. Opportunities for participation are available during all four years of training and integrated with resources across the institution.

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Program Details

 Program Structure

The program is structured for the trainee to complete all ACGME-required clinical rotations while obtaining the specialized training to succeed as a physician-scientist.

Participants will attend an ongoing, annual research seminar series that supports members of the program with the greater research community within the department along with monthly journal club. All participants will take the Advanced Research Methods course, Responsible Conduct of Research course, and participate in the PRO(fessional) seminar lead by the vice-chair of Research. Additional training is available in the last two years in the Master’s program and in an intensive translational science training program.

  • PGY-1 to PGY-2: The first two years of training will be dedicated to meeting with potential research and career mentors at our institution, attending lab meetings and development of an individualized development plan. Participants will have elective time to obtain further experience and exposure in their area of interest and to plan out their PGY-3 year. 
  • PGY-3: Up to 40 percent of time will be devoted to research and didactics in the PGY-3 year, and clinical experiences will be aligned with the resident’s research area of interest. The program is flexible so that it may adapt to meet the research needs of the trainee during this year. Core research didactics and supplemental course work will be completed in this year.
  • PGY-4: In the PGY-4 year, up to 70 percent of time will be devoted to research with ongoing, longitudinal clinics that support their research.
  • Participants will attend an ongoing, annual research seminar series that supports members of the program. All participants will take the Advanced Research Methods course, Responsible Conduct of Research course and participate in the PRO(fessional) seminar lead by the vice-chair of Research. Additional training is available in the last two years in the master’s program and in an intensive translational science training program.

 Application Process

Any applicants interested in applying to the PSTP in Psychiatry should apply via the NRMP match position via the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. We request that all applicants interested in applying to the research track submit a supplemental McGaw Psychiatry Research Track (2247400C1) Application via ERAS and to the contacts below. If not included in ERAS, please email one letter of recommendation from a principal research mentor.

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