Academic Career

Our residency training program is interested in residents who want to excel, whether in a clinical career, research career or a combination of both. All of our residents receive intensive clinical training. For those residents interested in exploring the possibility of an academic career, we are able to provide outstanding research mentors from an internationally recognized faculty. One of the keys to a successful academic career is a knowledgeable faculty mentor. There are over 150 faculty throughout the university who conduct research relevant to psychiatric disorders. Residents have had the ability to work with any of these faculty members over the past 15 years. WUMS has consistently been ranked as a top 10 research university with a mean rank in NIH funding of 4.1. Our psychiatry faculty routinely have over 200 publications each year. We have included lists of psychiatry faculty publications and grants in order to provide a flavor of the academic richness of our department.

Residents interested in an academic research career can choose to take part in the Psychiatry Residency Research Education Program (PRREP). This program is open to any resident. Most residents will choose to take part in the program starting in the first or second year. The program provides a longitudinal research experience over the 4 years of general adult training (or 5 years for those residents who choose to join the Child and Adolescent training program). Monies are available to support research and travel costs. For those residents who do not want such an intensive research experience, they may select research for one or both of their selective blocks during PGY2 or for any of their 4 months of their PGY4 elective time. Residents desiring a more intensive exposure to research after residency may be able to participate in one or more additional years of research training as a research fellow. These positions provide 80% time for research. Currently, four different research training grants support twenty-one positions.(17 postdoctoral and four pre-doctoral) in the department. These training grants have been highly successful in preparing residents for a career in research. Over the past 10 years, 90% of our residents who become T32 trainees remain in academic medicine with 2/3 of them receiving K-level career awards. Current trainees are involved in a large variety of research projects ranging from studies of basic neurobiological mechanisms to clinical research.