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Research Track

The primary goal of our Research Track is to support the career development of physician-scientists devoted to treating patients with mental illness and advancing mental health-related knowledge through basic, translational, clinical, implementation and health-systems research. The research track resident positions are fully financially supported by the institution, and additional department funding will provide stipends for academic conferences and research expenses as needed.

residents reviewing a poster

The program director for the research track is Wilder Doucette, MD, PhD who is a former Research Track resident. Dr. Doucette will work in conjunction with the Department of Psychiatry Research Committee to develop an individualized longitudinal mentored research training plan for each research track resident. Each resident will be matched with one of the many federally funded investigators at Dartmouth based on their research interests. Each resident’s progress will be carefully monitored by Dr. Doucette and the Research Committee to ensure that their training plan and mentored research experience is proceeding as anticipated. The longitudinal training plan will also include an individualized research-focused curriculum consisting of seminars/courses (e.g., research methodology, statistics, ethics and grant writing) that are sponsored by various Departments and Institutes at Dartmouth (e.g., Dartmouth’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute).

Selected residents will receive substantial protected research time over the four years of psychiatry residency. Protected longitudinal research time of ½ day per week is scheduled for PGY1 and PGY2 residents and, 50% time is devoted to research in the PGY3 and PGY4 years. A concentrated block of time in the PGY-2 year may also be arranged depending on the nature of the research project. This schedule allows residents to be eligible for the Loan Repayment Program sponsored by the NIH during residency training. Departmental funding for post-residency research in a post-doctoral or junior faculty capacity is also available. There are also several post-residency specialty fellowships available in which one could continue her or his research program. These include geriatric psychiatry, sleep medicine, addiction psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and outcomes-oriented public sector psychiatry. The White River Junction VA Medical Center, an important training site for the residency and the location of the National Center for PTSD, offers additional post-residency training and funding opportunities.

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