Psychiatry Residency Program

Research Residency Track

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Examples of Past UCSD Research Track Residents

Links to UCSD Psychiatry Fellowships

Typical Research Track Curriculum

General Information
Since 1987, the UCSD Department of Psychiatry has supported a designated Research Residency Track (RRT), with the goal of training future leaders in neuropsychiatric research and Academic Psychiatry. The RRT is Directed by Neal Swerdlow, M.D., Ph.D., and. Sidney Zisook, M.D.  serves as the RRT Associate Director.  The UCSD Psychiatry RRT is currently funded by an NIMH R25 Award, through June, 2018.

Each year, 1-2 applicants match into separate NRMP slots assigned to this program; M.D. and M.D., Ph.D. candidates are eligible for this program, with the most competitive applicants demonstrating both outstanding clinical skills and a longstanding commitment to research on the biology of mental illness.  The absolute expectation is that RRT trainees will develop into highly skilled Psychiatrists, world-class scientists, effective teachers and powerful advocates for patients and families with mental illness. In fact, our Program is dedicated to making sure that this happens!

Even before starting the RRT, trainees are assigned a mentor to help ease their transition into our Program and begin the process of professional development. The mentor is selected to be a senior investigator in the trainees area of interest.  During the PGY1, RRT trainees meet with their mentor and the RRT Director, and develop a personalized training plan designed to match the trainees’ research interests with the most productive training laboratories and mentors in our Department. Specific developmental benchmarks are clarified for their longitudinal progress through the RRT. Trainees and their identified mentors then develop and submit a research proposal for a 2-month PGY2 dedicated laboratory experience.

Typical PGY2 projects involve supervised laboratory and/or clinical experimentation as well as an independent scholarly literature review. Opportunities exist for mentored rotations within affiliated programs at the Salk Institute, Scripps Research Institute or Sanford-Burnham Institute, and in laboratories within the renowned UCSD Neurosciences Program; Residents pursuing such rotations are also assigned mentors within the core Department faculty to foster and reinforce the trainee’s strong connection with Psychiatry and mental illness research.  RRT trainees often identify specialized clinical rotations during their PG2 years that can synergize with their research interests.

After approval of a proposed PGY3 project, RRT trainees spend 40% effort (2 days per week) of their PG3 year in a mentored research experience. Additional expectations for this year include publication of a scholarly review (from the PGY2 rotation) or empirical experimental findings, and participation in a national or international scientific meeting.
The mentored research experience is expanded to 75% effort in the PG4 year, during which time RRT Residents also develop applications for Fellowship Training or individual career development awards. Typically, RRT trainees avail themselves of one of the many outstanding fellowship opportunities within the UCSD Department of Psychiatry, while other trainees progress directly into academic faculty series.

Candidates interested in the UCSD Psychiatry Research Track are encouraged to contact Dr. Swerdlow directly, early in their MS-IV year.

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Examples of past UCSD Research Track Residents

Research Resident Graduation Year Current Title            
John Keltner, M.D., Ph.D. 2011 UCSD Asst. Professor of Psychiatry
Emily Gray, M.D. 2011 Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital
Jeanne Maglione, M.D., Ph.D.  2010 Fellow, UCSD Department of Psychiatry
Brian Tobe, M.D., Ph.D. 2010 UCSD Asst. Professor of Psychiatry
Michael McCarthy, M.D., Ph.D. 2009 UCSD Asst. Professor of Psychiatry
Laura Dunn, M.D. 2001 UCSF Assoc. Professor of Psychiatry
Martin Paulus, M.D. 1997 UCSD Professor of Psychiatry
David Feifel, M.D., Ph.D. 1995 UCSD Professor of Psychiatry
Eric Turner, M.D., Ph.D. 1991 Professor of Psychiatry, U. Washington
Neal Swerdlow, M.D., Ph.D. 1991 UCSD Professor of Psychiatry

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Links to UCSD Psychiatry Fellowships

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 Typical Research Track Curriculum
Typical Research Track Curriculum

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Neal Swerdlow, M.D., Ph.D.

Neal Swerdlow, M.D., Ph.D.
Curriculum Vitae
Director
Research Residency Track


Summer Psychiatry Research Fellowship 

Department of Psychiatry