Professional Development Tracks


Career-long satisfaction in medicine can be greatly enhanced through a connection to professional organizations and development of a professional identity.  To assist with this professional development, we have created an innovative residency curriculum which includes three distinct resident tracks including leadership, educator, and research tracks.  Residents are asked to identify their track of interest early in residency with the hopes of supporting early career development such as completing research projects, publishing journal articles, and identifying mentors.  These tracks meet twice monthly during didactics to focus on track specifc group and personal goals. 

Psychiatry Research Track

The Residency Research Track in the Department of Psychiatry at OHSU is a new and innovative program designed to provide the resident with the knowledge and skills necessary to begin a career in academic medicine as a physician scientist and research-oriented psychiatrist.  The Department of Psychiatry has productive, high-impact scientific and interdisciplinary programs in a number of areas including, but not limited to, basic and clinical neuroscience, alcoholism and substance abuse, molecular genetics, cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology, psychoneuroimmunology, psychopharmacology, developmental disorders (e.g., autism and ADHD), HIV, and mental health services.  Faculty members who lead these programs are among the most outstanding scientists in our field and are dedicated to improving mental health outcomes throughout the lifespan (see for a list of faculty with links to their research programs). 

To facilitate research productivity, OHSU is home to an NIH-funded Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA) that enabled the development of the Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) at OHSU ( OCTRI provides scientific and administrative expertise, facilities, and equipment designed to enhance clinical and translational research.  In addition to OCTRI, OHSU scientists have access to state-of-the art scientific resources, such as wet laboratory research space and equipment, sleep laboratories, one of the strongest MRI magnets in the world at the Advanced Imaging Research Center (AIRC), the Knight Cancer Institute, and a full primate facility, as well as close collaboration with community partners.  OHSU also benefits greatly from its strong affiliation with the Portland VA Medical Center (PVAMC).  Research interactions between the two institutions are enhanced by a sky bridge that connects OHSU with the PVAMC.  OHSU and the PVAMC have a track record of training graduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows, residents, and junior faculty members through NIH and VA training grants and career development programs.

Our structured Residency Research Track program, directed by Anne Gross, M.D., Jennifer Loftis, Ph.D., and Alan Teo, M.D., M.S., emphasizes systematic research skills training in psychiatry in conjunction with mentored independent research experiences.  Protected research time is offered to residents during their second through fourth year of residency. Time for first year residents is also protected during their psychiatry rotations in order to enable attendance at the bimonthly research track meetings.  During their participation in the research track, residents will learn research methodologies and related activities, including grant-writing, manuscript preparation and other data dissemination strategies.  Trainees are encouraged to present their research outcomes at national and international meetings.  By the completion of the program, the resident will have completed a research project with an identified mentor, published at least one peer-reviewed article in a scientific journal, and prepared a grant application for an early career development award.  Collectively, these activities will allow for the development and implementation of individualized plans for post-residency, research-oriented career paths.

OHSU now offers a dedicated research track position in the NRMP match that will begin in the PGY1 year and continue through PGY4.


Clinician-Educator Track

The goal of the Clinician-Educator track is to help our residents become the university's best teachers.  OHSU itself has a long history of nationally recognized excellence in medical education.  It is consistently recognized as one of the best medical schools for primary care in the country.  Undergraduate medical education (UME) at OHSU has recently undergone a curriculum change with a focus on state-of-the-art teaching and assessment methods.  Faculty members within the Department of Psychiatry have been involved in the curriculum change and are actively involved in UME.  Our faculty are also involved in education and training oriented national committees and organizations. 

The Clinician-Educator group meets twice a month.  Our meetings are collaborative and team-based.  We have teaching and learning-based seminars and focus on education oriented projects for our patients, students, and colleagues.

Our residents teach preclinical medical students and physician assistants, medical students during the psychiatry clerkship, fellow residents on clinical rotations and in didactics, and our colleagues through grand rounds and national meetings.  Our residents are consistently recognized by students for their excellent teaching and by OHSU's Department of Graduate Medical Education department.


Leadership Track

The Leadership Track within the OHSU Psychiatry Residency Training Program was developed to support early career development and to assist residents in becoming future leaders in psychiatry, academic medicine, and administration.  The development of this track coincides with an institutional and national push to have residents and early career physician participate in quality improvement and systems based projects.  The goal is to teach residents how to approach these issues in an innovative, collaborative, and rigorous manner in order to become effective future leaders.

The training includes twice monthly meetings with George Keepers, MD, Chairman of the OHSU Department of Psychiatry, and other faculty members.  Experiences include access to leadership specific educational resources, mentorship, article discussions, and direct practice of leadership skills.  Residents are encouraged to seek additional positions including House Officers Association, Graduate Medical Education Committee, and other state and national associations. Through these experiences, residents will have additional support in completing research/projects, publishing articles, presenting at conferences, in addition to gaining valuable leadership experience that they will carry throughout their careers.