Resident Research Training
All residents participate in research within the Department of Psychiatry. This includes research in a range of areas including psychotherapy, dementias, developmental disabilities, psychopharmacology, epidemiology, and medical education. There are a wide variety of research opportunities for residents throughout all four years of training. Residents may collaborate with others on ongoing projects in the department or they may choose an individual research project which can be begun early in their residency and completed before graduation. All residents undergo training through the Springfield Committee for Research Involving Human Subjects (SCRIHS), an academically affiliated institutional review board. A research track is available for selected residents.
Residency Research Experiences
Residents may wish to pursue career development in basic research or as a clinician investigator. Because of this range of interests, research opportunities are tailored within the individual resident's program. All residents are required to attend a research seminar and to select and meet regularly with a faculty mentor for research. Resident progress in research is aided by the coordination efforts of the psychiatry department research nurse who monitors resident project development and SCRIHS training. All residents are encouraged to attend and present their research at national meetings and conferences.
Introduction to Research in Psychiatry Seminar
Becoming acquainted with essential steps of the research endeavor such as experimental design, literature searching, establishing patient contact, developing rapport and obtaining informed consent for research activities, scientific communication, and ethical considerations. Residents participate in a six week seminar during their PGY-2 rotation given by faculty experienced in federally funded research.