Throughout training, residents are taught evidenced-based psychiatric methods, diagnoses, and treatments. This exposure begins at the start of intern year with an Evidence-Based Psychiatry course dedicated to epidemiologic methods, reviewing and interpreting papers, and understanding how to utilize primary sources as a practicing psychiatrist, and continues through the second year of residency. During PGY-3 and PGY-4, residents are involved in a Papers Course that involves reading seminal articles, reviewing the literature, presenting on self-chosen topics, and being exposed to a variety of advanced issues in psychiatry from experts within the department.
All psychiatry residents receive Human Subjects Training and certification through the completion of online modules by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative. Residents also complete a scholarly project involving critical analysis as part of their residency training. This project is designed to integrate with a resident’s area of interest and can take a variety of shapes, including:
- a critical review of psychiatric literature,
- a poster or oral presentation submission to a conference,
- an oral presentation to colleagues, or
- a manuscript submission
The Department of Psychiatry is committed to advancing the scope of training for its residents and provides administrative days to attend conferences or professional meetings. Also, if a resident is able to present a poster or talk at a conference, the department will often provide the funding necessary for the resident to attend that educational experience.
Given the multitude of projects and expert mentors within the Department of Psychiatry, many residents become involved in research early in their training which they continue until graduation. The department encourages all residents to further their education through this form of inquiry and discovery. Applicants that are interested in a more formal and advanced training in research will often pursue the Psychiatry Resident Research Track.