Physician Scientist Research Track

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 the PGY1 year. A financial supplement will be available on this track.

Application Process

Applicants interested in this program are encouraged to apply to the Physician Scientist Research Track match slot through the NRMP. One slot will be available per year for a highly qualified applicant who has demonstrated a commitment to basic or clinical research. Applicants will be required to fill out a supplemental 1 page application, as well as attend two days of interviewing: one for the general residency program and one for the research track. During the research track interview day, the applicant will be 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 their MD or MD-PhD experiences as possible within the framework of completing all ACGME requirements for training. Thus, the PGY1 year residents on the research track will focus on the adjustment to clinical training and the attainment of basic clinical skills, with a small amount of elective time (4 weeks) dedicated to establishing their mentors, labs, resources, and project for PGY2 year. In the second year they will have 12 weeks fully protected for research and in years 3 and 4 they will have 40 percent and up to 80 percent protected research time, respectively while assuring ACGME training requirements are met.


Participants will have regular meetings with their mentors and the track leadership and be required to meet milestones with regard to their research plan, as well as receive additional training in research. With mentorship, residents will also submit an annual progress report and plan. They will be highly encouraged to submit NIH K and other young investigator grants by the first half of PGY4 year.

Funding and Stipend Support

Participants in the Physician Scientist Track receive a $20,000 stipend as salary supplement beginning with the PGY 1 year. 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.