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The Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) is designed to successfully train physician scientists to be the next generation of leaders in academic psychiatry.

The program integrates clinical and research training cementing the resident’s identity as both a physician and researcher.

The program is open to one resident per year. 

Requirements: Successful completion of an M.D. degree and a Ph.D. degree in neuroscience or related area. Learn how to apply for the psychiatry residency physician-scientist training program.

Training Program Overview

PGY 1 & 2

During the first half of the residency training, PSTP residents focus on clinical training, finding a primary mentor and defining their scientific interests. During the PGY 1 Year the residents will spend 1.5 months on the research unit at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC). There are 3 continuous months of protected research time in the PGY 2 year.

PGY 3 & 4

In the second half of their residency, PSTP trainees have an extensive mentored research experience, in which they design and conduct their own research project and participate in on-going research. The PSTP trainee will have 20% (third year) and 75% (fourth year) protected time for research.

Research Training

The primary research training experience will be the mentored research experience. Each PSTP trainee will be required to select a primary mentor in the first year of their residency, who will work with the trainee in developing a research project and will engage the trainee in ongoing work within the laboratory of the mentor. The PSTP trainee will also be expected to select a secondary mentor prior to the start of their third year of residency. The secondary mentor will augment the training from the primary mentor and also provide mentorship on career development. If the primary mentor is a clinical scientist, then ideally the secondary mentor would be a preclinical scientist, or vice versa.

In addition, PSTP trainees will be required to take the following courses:

  1. The “Grant-writing Course”, which is offered through the Office of Professional Development, University of Maryland School of Medicine.
  2. The “Scientific Leadership & Professional Development Symposium for Pre-Clinical and Translational Researchers”, which is offered by the University of Maryland School of Medicine K-30 Program and Research Career Development.
  3. The "Course in Research Ethics" (CIPP 907), which is offered through the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Graduate Program in Life Sciences (GPILS).

PSTP Seminar

All PSTP trainees will participate in the monthly Physician Scientist Training Program Seminar. This is a forum where trainees, faculty and invited psychiatry researchers discuss current developments in the field, their own research and mentor each other about research careers over lunch. The PSTP Seminar is a part of the PSTP curriculum for the entire four years.