Psychiatry Residency Physician–Scientist Research Track
NYU Langone’s Department of Psychiatry residents who are committed to a career in research and hold an MD/PhD or have extensive prior research experience are encouraged to participate in the Physician–Scientist Research Track, designed to maximize time for research beginning in postgraduate year 1 (PGY-1). A financial supplement is available on this track.
Track Application Process
Applicants apply to the Physician–Scientist Research Track match slot through the National Resident Matching Program®, also called The Match®. One slot is available per year for a highly qualified applicant who has demonstrated a commitment to basic or clinical research. Applicants are required to fill out a supplemental one-page application, as well as attend two days of interviewing: one for the general Psychiatry Residency and one for the research track. During the research track interview day, applicants are invited to give a seminar on their previous research and meet with several potential research mentors.
This track is designed for the psychiatric researcher who wishes to sustain as much research momentum building from his or her MD or MD/PhD experiences as possible within the framework of completing all Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requirements for training. Thus, the PGY-1 resident on the research track focuses on the adjustment to clinical training and the attainment of basic clinical skills, with six weeks dedicated to establishing mentors, labs, resources, and a project for PGY-2. In the second year, the resident has 12 weeks fully protected for research, and in PGY-3 and PGY-4, he or she has 40 percent and up to 80 percent protected research time, respectively, while assuring ACGME training requirements are met.
Participants have regular meetings with their mentor and the track leadership and are required to meet milestones with regard to their research plan, as well as receive additional training in research. With mentorship, residents also submit an annual progress report and plan. Trainees are highly encouraged to submit National Institutes of Health Career Development Awards and other young investigator grants by the first half of their PGY-4 year.
Track Funding and Stipend Support
Participants in the Physician–Scientist Research Track receive a $20,000 stipend as a salary supplement beginning with PGY-1. Additional supplements over the course of training for laboratory and personnel support—subject to submission of written budgetary requests and justification for review by the Research Training and Oversight Committee—may be possible pending funding availability.