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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences ~ Adult Psychiatry Residency Program ~ Resident Research Track

The Resident Research Path is intended for residents with strong interests to join academic medical centers after graduation where scholarly production will be expected in terms of papers, research, or presentations.  

Residents who desire a more full-time career in research (i.e., tenure track) ought to participate in this Path and then progress after residency to a research fellowship. Read More

The training philosophy will emphasize learning by doing. Residents will engage hands-on to learn all the necessary tasks at a beginner level.  Much of research depends on writing so time outside of normal working hours will be required to write.  Continuation in the Path will be contingent on adequate participation on an ongoing basis.

The schedule is for two meetings per month, plus occasional half-day blocks to shadow other faculty research projects.  The schedule of dates for each year and number of meetings will be dependent on the composition of residents who participate in order to accommodate the residents’ schedules.

Because of the way resident didactics are scheduled, PGY2 and PGY4 residents will meet together and PGY3 residents will meet separately.  Different material will be covered for each group.  A resident who completes both the PGY2 and PGY3 courses and wishes to gain additional training in PGY4 can develop an individualized PGY4 project with Dr. Scheeringa.

Material is organized under 5 areas:

  1. Writing: papers and grants
  2. Mastery of study design
  3. How to formulate a project from start to finish
  4. Logistics of research
  5. Statistics

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PGY 2 & 4 Schedule

Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 PM twice a month
The goals that are emphasized this year include writing a paper and writing an IRB protocol.

September 2017

  • The most commonly used study designs, the purpose of common designs and the progression of studies in a research career.
  • Picking a topic for a paper to write. Each resident will pick a topic that will be turned into a paper during the year.

October 2017

  • The most common types of projects: proof of concept, measure development and validation, diagnostic validity, etiology, meta-analysis/literature review, prelude-to-an-intervention, and intervention.
  • The structure of writing a scientific paper.  Framing “The Question.” 

November 2017

  • Write A Paper I Each resident will begin writing a case report paper.
  • How to do a literature search

December 2017

  • Write An IRB Study Protocol I
  • The gold standard design: randomized controlled trial (RCT).  Examples of the good and the bad.

January 2018

  • Review a real manuscript for a journal with Dr. Scheeringa. 
  • Designs that can demonstrate causal etiology: a rare universe.  Examples of the good and the bad.

February 2018

  • Write A Paper II.  Progress reports on the case report papers.  
  • Review another real manuscript for a journal with Dr. Scheeringa.

March 2018

  • Write An IRB Study Protocol II
  • Online course on the protection of human subjects.

April 2018

  • Write A Paper II. Review of the completed case report papers.
  • Live demonstration of stats.  Working with a real dataset.

May 2018

  • Write An IRB Study Protocol III.  Review of the completed IRB protocols.  1 or 2 half-days shadowing faculty projects.
PGY 3 Schedule

Fridays 8:00-9:00 AM twice a month.

The goals emphasized this year include writing a grant application and validating a new measure.

September 2017

  • Create a new intervention. We will create one together in class.
  • Write A Grant I  Each resident will pick an intervention that will be turned into a grant application during the year.

October 2017

  • Review a real manuscript for a journal with Dr. Scheeringa.
  • Create A New Measure I.  Each resident will begin creating a new measure.

November 2017

  • Data gathering techniques and recruitment.  Review of common databases.
  • Collaborations – neuroscience, psychology, public health, and content-specific mentors.

December 2017

  • How foundation and NIH review committees work.  Mock review of a grant.
  • Write A Grant II.  Progress reports on the grants.

January 2018

  • Create A New Measure II.  Progress reports on the measures.
  • Review another real manuscript for a journal with Dr. Scheeringa.

February 2018

  • Discover funding for young investigators.
  • Write A Grant III.  Final review of the grants.

March 2018

  • Conference presentations.  How to apply, get accepted, and do the presentation.
  • Create A New Measure III.  Final review of the measures.

April 2018

  • Create and manage a grant budget. How to get research assistants.
  • Assess a subject with a structured clinical interview. Watch one.

May 2018

  • Assess a subject with a structured clinical interview. Do one.  1 or 2 half-days shadowing faculty projects.