Professional Development Tracks
Director of Research Track
The Residency Research Track is 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
- Developmental disorders (e.g., autism and ADHD)
- 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 http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/schools/school-of-medicine/departments/clinical-departments/psychiatry/psychiatry-research/ 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 (http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/research/centers-institutes/octri/). 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 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 offers a dedicated research track position in the NRMP match that will begin in the PGY1 year and continue through PGY4.