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Research Track

TrackImageFunded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the primary goal of the Psychiatry Residency Research Track is to foster the development of clinical scientists, supporting their transition into a career in academic psychiatry.  This track will provide specialized research training and experiences for a subset of talented and industrious residents, mentoring them towards a research-focused career. Residents completing the two-year research track will be highly qualified to obtain a research fellowship following residency and to compete for early career grant awards.  

To be eligible to join the research track OR to apply for any financial support for travel through the research track, you MUST attend at least 50% of the Clinical Scientist Training Program (CSTP) meetings as well as at least 50% of the research lunch meetings (see schedule at bottom of the page for 2016-2017 dates). In order to apply for funds for research activities, residents need to satisfy the criteria above, complete the online Clinical Research Certificate Program, and prepare a 1 page summary of research goals. To be eligible for salary support for research, residents must satisfy the above criteria, have a primary research mentor, and have approval of a research project (including hypotheses and aims) from research track leadership. As part of the salary support for research, residents must also meet weekly wih research track leadership for advanced mentorship in core research skills, such as grant writing and manuscript preparation. 

To Apply:

Interested individuals should note their interest in applying to the research track on their applications to Emory, and should rank the research track separately in the match. The following materials for the Application for the Mentored Research Track should be submitted to Dr. Miller at in one Word Document:

  1. Summary of the applicant's future goals as a clinical scientist (3-5 sentences).
  2. Summary of the applicant's previous research experience, including publications and funding received (bullet-pointed list acceptable).  Note that admission is not based solely on previous experience; this information is used to identify strengths and help prioritize training needs.
  3. List of faculty at Emory with whom the applicant would be interested in working and reasons why.

A two-month Research Intensive Elective will be offered to support research endeavors of PGY-2 residents who are interested in pursuing research activities.  These electives will provide an opportunity for interested residents to become embedded in a lab early in their residency training.  These electives would allow an opportunity to explore and solidify research interests and may serve as a stepping stone for the Residency Research Track. 

The Psychiatry Residency Research Track will consist of mentored research and targeted training opportunities during the PGY-3 and PGY-4 years.  Participation in the Residency Research Track will include:

  • Protected time to participate in mentored research: up to 50% in the PGY-3 year and up to 80% in the PGY4 year.
  • Up to $3000 for each of their two years in the program to support research activities (excluding travel). Funds will be disbursed when their research plan, proposed budget, and progress report (if applicable) have been approved by senior faculty.
  • Up to $2000 per year to present research at national and international meetings.
  • The opportunity to participate in specialized research training through the Atlanta Clinical Translational Science Institute (ACTSI - the Emory Clinical and Translational Science Award - CTSA) including the Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) program or the Certificate Program in Translational Research (CPTR)

To download the Grand Rounds schedule in PDF form for 2016-2017, please click here