|Adult Psychiatry Neuroscience Research Track|
Within psychiatry there exists a need to train physicians capable of treating patients, understanding the manifestations of disease, and performing substantive clinical or basic science research. In order to facilitate the development of psychiatrists who excel as clinicians and scientists, the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry have created a specialized Adult Psychiatry Neuroscience Research Track. Through formal instruction, mentorship, and the completion of a research project, participants are afforded an opportunity to make meaningful scientific contributions while preparing them to succeed as academic psychiatrists. The research track is a mechanism for residents with substantial prior research experience and a serious interest in academic careers to begin their post-doctoral training during the residency and to prepare for a research career in academic medicine. The training typically includes 5 years of integrated clinical and research training with protected research time in years 3-5 of the residency. Protected time commitments for research are approximately 30-40 percent in the PGY 3 year, 70 percent in the PGY 4 year and 80-90 percent in the final year. Special arrangements can be made to enable residents to work towards an M.S. in neuroscience or Masters in Public Health (MPH) during the training period.
Residents who wish to participate in the Adult Psychiatry Neuroscience Research Track may apply at any time during their first two years of residency. Upon acceptance residents select a senior investigator/mentor. They are provided with adequate protected time to thoroughly investigate a research question as well as funds for lab supplies and travel expenses to conferences. They are also assisted in applying for NIH Loan Repayment. Didactic lectures, journal clubs, and the opportunity to attend graduate level courses within the university are also part of the training experience
This track is coordinated by Olu Ajilore, MD, PhD, David Gavin, MD and K. Luan Phan, MD, all graduates of residency research tracks and research faculty at University of Illinois. Participants meet monthly for the Psychiatry Research Colloquium for Junior Scholars, an opportunity to discuss pilot data, research methodological issues, manuscript preparation, balancing clinical and research responsibilities, career planning and hot topics in mental health research.
Ongoing projects in the department can be found by accessing individual Principal Investigators webpages, and include studies in genetics, molecular biology, neuroimaging, neurocognition, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, epidemiology, health access, biostatistics and trauma in relation to schizophrenia, mood disorders, autism, ADHD and anxiety disorders. Upon completion of the research track many residents will go on to research fellowships or faculty positions.
Further information may be obtained by contacting:
K. Luan Phan, MD
Administrative Assistant: Barbara Johnson
Sample Schedule [Actual schedule will be determined on a case-by case basis]