Psychiatry Residency Physician-Scientist Training Program
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 is open to one resident per year.
Successful completion of a MD or DO degree and significant research experience or a PhD in a relevant scientific area are required for admission.
The Program's leaders are:
Training Program Overview
PGY 1 & 2
During the first half of the residency training, PSTP residents focus on clinical training, finding a primary research 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). In the PG-2 year there are three continuous months of protected research time, during which the resident will not have call duties.
PGY 3 & 4
In the second half of their residency, PSTP trainees will have an extensive mentored research experience. PSTP trainees will continue to design and refine their research project, generate and interpret data, present and publish, and lay the groundwork for an independent career. The PSTP trainee will have 20% (third year) and 75% (fourth year) protected time for research.
The primary research training experience will be a mentored research experience. Our research leading faculty engage in many disciplines within psychiatry and neuroscience, with research opportunities ranging from the bench to the bedside.
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 middle of their second year of residency. The secondary mentor will provide mentorship on career development and augment the training from the primary mentor if needed. The resident, in coordination with their primary mentor, will complete an "individualized development plan" by the middle of their PG2 year.
Manuscript Writing Training
Training in grant and manuscript writing is a critical focus for future independent investigators and as such, PSTP trainees will have the option to enroll in courses through the University of Maryland School of Medicine Office of Research Career Development. Learn more:
Given the importance of research ethics and the acquisition of scientific leadership skills, PSTP trainees will also take the following courses if they have not taken them during PhD training:
- 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.
- The Course in Research Ethics, which is offered through the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Graduate Program in Life Sciences (GPILS).
All PSTP trainees will participate in the monthly Physician Scientist Training Program Seminar. This is a forum where trainees, faculty and invited psychiatry and campus neuroscience researchers discuss current developments in the field, their own research and discuss examine career options over lunch. The PSTP Seminar is a part of the PSTP curriculum for the entire four years. The focus of these seminars is career development, expansion of understanding of the research environment in psychiatry, and expanding core research skills through discussion with successful University and Department faculty and visiting physician scientists.
Additional Benefits: Funding up to $50,000 to use during your residency for approved research projects and to facilitate your career development will be provided by the department.
Training Program Details
The intern year consists of 3 months of internal medicine, 1 month of emergency medicine, 2 months of neurology, 1 month of child and adolescent psychiatry, 1 month of addiction psychiatry, 1.5 months of emergency psychiatry, 1.5 months on the research inpatient unit at MPRC, and 1 month of adult inpatient psychiatry. During the first year, residents attend the PSTP Seminar, and identify their primary mentor and research interests.
|Internal Medicine||3 months|
|Emergency Medicine||1 month|
|Child/adolescent inpatient psychiatry||1 month||PSTP Seminar for psychiatry 6 months|
|Addiction Psychiatry||1 month|
|Adult Inpatient Psychiatry||2.5 months||1.5 months on the Inpatient research unit at MPRC|
The PGY 2 year provides the core training in acute care psychiatry. It includes 1 month of psychiatry emergency service, 1 month rotation in geriatric psychiatry, 4 months of adult inpatient psychiatry, 3 months of the consultation-liaison psychiatry and 3 months of protected research time.
|Rotation||Rotation Length||Research Activities|
|Emergency Psychiatry||1 month|
|Geriatric Psychiatry||1 month|
|Adult Inpatient||4 months|
|Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry||3 months|
|Protected Research Time||3 months||PSTP Seminar for full year|
|Adult Outpatient Psychiatry||12 months||20% Protected Time for research|
|PSTP Seminar for full year|
PGY4 residents complete their forensics psychiatry, adult outpatient, and child psychiatry requirements in addition to 75% protected time for research. They are expected to publish their work by the end of residency, and begin to apply for fellowships, grants and awards. Senior residents continue to attend the PSTP seminar, where they can present their work and ideas to receive feedback from faculty and other residents.
|Rotation||Rotation Length||Research Activities|
|Forensic Psychiatry||8 hours/wk for 3 months||75% Protected time for Research|
|Child and Adolescent Psychiatry||4 hours/wk for 12 months||PSTP Seminar for full year|
|Longitudinal Adult Outpatient Psychotherapy||4 months/wk for 12 months|