Research Track Residents will be expected to:
- Select a research mentor by PGY2 year
- Develop or participate in a research project that leads either to peer-reviewed publication or supports a larger grant application. It is the expectation that research track projects will be anchored solely or jointly in MEDVAMC initiatives, with a VA-based mentor. Collaboration is strongly encouraged with mentors and resources of BCM Psychiatry including The Menninger Clinic and other BCM departments.
- Attend one national scientific conference over the course of residency to present their own work for poster or oral presentation
- Assist with interviews and selection of new Research Track candidates, as well as provide support and guidance for junior colleagues
- Assume leadership role during final year in the program as Research Chief Resident
Protected research time encompasses:
- Dedicated research rotations each academic year (PGY1-PGY4) made possible through MEDVAMC resources
- Leading or collaborating on structured mentored research projects
- Didactic series on evidence-based medicine and research methods
- Monthly journal club sessions in small groups with clinical and research faculty guidance
- Optional involvement with institutional research training courses
The BCM Psychiatry Research track offers a wide range of opportunities for clinical and basic neuroscience research experiences. Faculty have interests spanning molecular biology, genetics, cellular and systems neuroscience, neuropharmacology, psychoneuroendocrinology, addiction psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias (ADRD), mood disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, childhood trauma, attachment, and health services research.
One of the underlying missions of the Research Track is to foster collaborations in psychiatric research across MEDVAMC and BCM psychiatry affiliates. It is the expectation that research track projects will be anchored solely or jointly in MEDVAMC initiatives, with a VA-based mentor. Collaboration is strongly encouraged with mentors and resources of BCM Psychiatry including the Menninger Clinic and other BCM Departments.