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Research Opportunities

Research During Residency

Weill Cornell Medical College's Department of Psychiatry offers a wide range of opportunities for clinical, translational and basic neuroscience research. Investigators in the department are examining core questions in psychiatry in the areas of neurobiology and developmental neurobiology, genetics, cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, neuropharmacology/psychopharmacology, neuroendocrinology, pathophysiology of disease, psychotherapy, services research, and the history of psychiatry. Residents have the opportunity to interact with postdoctoral fellows in a number of postgraduate research training programs associated with the department, and may go on to a postdoctoral research fellowship upon completion of their residency training.

For residents with prior research training on a path to a career including significant research, specially tailored residency training is possible, providing substantial ongoing research development while preserving strong clinical training

For residents without substantial prior experience, residency training includes exposure to research and the completion of a scholarly project in an area of special interest. At any point during training, our residents are invited to request extra time with reduced clinical duties for focus on investigative work. A committee, including the Vice-chairs for Research and Education, and the Residency Training Director, grants such time after review of the resident’s proposal. Awards are made on a case-by-case basis with every effort made to help every resident see his/her project through to completion.

Research is integrated into the residency beginning in the PGY-I year, expanding each subsequent year. Classes focus on research literacy and planning, and residents work with mentors and scholarship supervisors, arranged by their areas of interest. In the PGY-IV year, all residents present their scholarly projects at the Senior Research Colloquium as part of the Clinical Scholars Institute; selected projects are presented at Departmental Grand Rounds, and many are published in the psychiatric literature and presented at national meetings. Residents are allowed protected time to attend conferences. Resident research and scientific presentations are supported with funds and travel grants from the Department of Psychiatry.