For residents that have an MD, PhD or extensive prior research experience and are committed to a career as a physician-scientist, the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences offers a Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP). This designated research track is designed to maximize time and development of research interests during residency training. Opportunities for participation are available during all four years of training and are integrated with resources across the institution.
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.
- 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 50 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.
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. We recommend that one letter of recommendation is from a principal research mentor and encourage a second letter from an individual familiar with their research.
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