Tracks for Psychiatry Residents
We offer a several tracks to help our residents’ tailor their training to align with their long-term professional interests and goals. Please let us know when you interview if you’re interested in any of these tracks and we’ll be happy to share more information.
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Track
This track is designed to give residents with an interest in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry additional exposure to the field early in their clinical training.
Elements of the Track:
- As a PGY-1, residents in this track may elect to complete one block of inpatient Pediatrics in lieu of adult Internal Medicine and one block of Emergency/Ambulatory Pediatrics in lieu of adult Emergency/Ambulatory Medicine.
- As a PGY-2, residents in this track may elect to complete one block of Pediatric Neurology in lieu of adult Neurology and to pursue elective experiences within Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
In PGY-3 and PGY-4 years (if not fast-tracking into Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship), residents in this track have access to expanded opportunities in outpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
- Leadership in Medical Education Track
The Psychiatry Residency program, in collaboration with Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, and Emergency Medicine, offers a “Leadership in Medical Education (LME)” track that commences in the PGY-2 year of training. Residents typically apply during PGY1, but may be able to apply during PGY2, depending on projected length of adult residency (i.e., fast-tracking to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship) as track is designed to be three years in length.
Elements of the Track:
- Participation in a monthly seminar series on educational principles, curricular strategies, adult learning theory and other aspects of medical education.
- Involvement in IQ and/or IQ+ at the medical school.
- A scholarly component that would need to be completed by the time of graduation or transfer to a fellowship program (could be an educational research project, development of a curricular series, or other educationally focused project).
- Engagement in teaching: Psychiatry Residency, Block 6, teaching to other department residency programs (e.g., Internal Medicine, Neurology, Family Medicine).
- Participation in one “outside” CME program related to education/leadership.
- Participation in the GME and the SOM Education Retreats (submissions strongly encouraged; attendance required).
- Participation in four day-long programs at the Weatherhead School of Management; completion of these programs will earn the participant a Certificate in Leadership in Medical Education from Weatherhead.
- Completion of CREC training for IRB (whether or not an IRB protocol is submitted).
- Research Track
- Neuroscience Research – mentor: Andrew Pieper, MD, PhD
- Clinical Research – mentor: Martha Sajatovic, MD
- Education Research (concurrent participation in LME track) – mentors: Andrew Hunt, MD and Cathleen Cerny-Suelzer, MD
- Apply to track by January (end of PGY1 at the latest), choose sub-track, meet with sub-track mentor to discuss research interests
- Identify primary research mentor, discuss research goals for PGY2
- 6 weeks elective time available for research
- Carry out smaller PGY2 project (and submit for publication), discuss goals for main research project, planning for scheduling and research in PGY3
- Minimum 20% protected research time, can move portion of outpatient clinics to PGY4 to create up to 40% protected research time during PGY3
- Initiate main research project(s), further planning for PGY4 year, discuss / submit applications for funding
- Up to 70% research time, less if some PGY3 clinics were moved to PGY4
- Complete project(s), submit for publication and presentation, funding applications
Elements of the Track:
- Designed to provide structured mentoring and protected research time for those planning to pursue the career of a physician-scientist
- Longitudinal mentorship from sub-track mentor
- Many potential primary mentors throughout UH and CWRU in many different areas (neuroscience, genetics, pharmacology, psychology, forensic psychiatry, reproductive psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, mood disorders, interventional psychiatry, etc.)
- Attending relevant CWRU Department of Neuroscience weekly seminars and journal clubs
- Participation in Research Special Interest Group, including writing for UH Psychiatry Research Watch Newsletter
- Elements in development:
- Periodic Research Track group meetings to present and discuss work
- Curricula with UH and CWRU faculty addressing research design, data analysis, publishing, grant writing, IRB applications, and leadership