We have several options for residents interested in research in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado, School of Medicine. The Pathways Resident Research Track is the most intensive of these options. It is designed for residents who have a strong track record of research successes and are interested in pursuing research as part of their current and future career. Typically, residents in this track intend to apply for NIH funding and/or pursue a post-doctoral fellowship following residency. The track offers the opportunity to conduct research with a primary faculty mentor throughout residency. Successful applicants will have a plan to publish early in the track years (e.g., review paper, use of mentor’s already collected samples), while also developing and running a data collection project (e.g., as an add-on to a mentor’s ongoing project, or a small independent pilot). The track individualized research plan and progress report forms are available via these links (Individualized Research Plan 2021; Progress Report Form 2021; IRP Scoring Rubric 2021; PR Scoring Rubric 2021).
Emmaly Perks, MA, CCRP
Joseph Sakai, MD
The goals of our scholarly program for all residents are to: prepare psychiatrists to critically evaluate scientific literature and understand the importance of research in driving evidence-based practice; teach residents to apply the basic principles of research to clinical questions they encounter in their practice; encourage residents to develop an area of expertise relevant to their career goals; and, to ensure our residents become psychiatrists who are lifelong learners and scholars, regardless of whether they themselves conduct research post residency.
While some residents do more intense research through the Pathways Resident Research Tracks, all residents will develop and complete a scholarly project with a primary mentor beginning in their PG2 year, and all will be encouraged to participate in the Department's annual poster session, present at a national meeting, and/or submit to a peer-reviewed journal.
During the PGY-2 year, all residents receive a specialized curriculum in research methods, QI development, and scholarly writing skills. All PGY-2 residents have a one-month, mentored scholarship rotation to develop and begin implementing a project with a primary mentor. Residents may also choose to dedicate some additional elective time to research/scholarship.
The Pathways-RRT is a unique track within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado. This track incorporates research experiences and training throughout the PGY-2 through PGY-4/5 years (depending on whether residents pursue fellowship training in child/adolescent psychiatry). Applicants to the residency program with a strong track record of successful research may indicate an interest in the track and may be invited for additional specific interviews for Pathways-RRT. Those admitted into the Pathways-RRT must complete an individualized research plan in collaboration with their identified primary research mentor by January of their intern year. This track maximizes research time and training concurrently with acquiring clinical competence in psychiatry; its goal is to develop physician-scientists for future academic roles in psychiatry.
For those who choose the general residency, the research time allotted by PGY year is outlined below. This track can lead to one or two more years of funded, full-time research (see the Developmental Psychobiology Research Group T32 Training Program). During the PGY-3 and 4 years, Pathways-RRT residents are provided up to $10,000/year to support their research. Through their mentors, residents in the track also have access to the Psychiatry Research Innovations (PRI) program, which is a departmental resource for biostatistics, research operations, clinical research support and research education and training. Residents attend a monthly research meeting and are required to submit a progress report annually – the Pathways-RRT Resident Recruitment, Selection and Evaluation Committee reviews individualized research plans and progress reports and provides written feedback to each resident and primary mentor. The time commitment in the PGY-3 and 4 years is intended to allow application to the NIH Loan Repayment Program.
Structure for residents in the general program:
|PG 1||PG 2||PG 3||PG 4|
|Adult||No time||2-3 months (17-25%)||50% effort||50% effort|
For those who choose to pursue fellowship training in child/adolescent psychiatry, the Pathways-RRT integrates training in psychiatry, child & adolescent psychiatry, and research throughout the PGY-2 through PGY-5 years. This track can lead to a 6th year of funded, full-time research (see the Developmental Psychobiology Research Group T32 Training Program). During the CR1 and CR2 years, residents are provided up to $5,000-10,000/year in funds to support their research. Through their mentors, residents in this track also have access to the Psychiatry Research Innovations (PRI) service center which is a departmental resource for biostatistics, research operations, clinical research support and research education and training. Residents attend a monthly research meeting and are required to submit a progress report annually – the Pathways-RRT Resident Recruitment, Selection and Evaluation Committee reviews individualized research plans and progress reports and provides written feedback to each resident and mentor. The primary goal of the integrated track is to prepare clinician-scientists for future academic roles in child psychiatry.
Structure for residents in the child/adolescent psychiatry fellowship:
|PGY 1||PGY 2||PGY 3||CR 1||CR 2|
|Child||No time||2-3 months (17-25%)||1 day per week (20% effort)||40% effort||50% effort|
PATHWAYS-RRT PROFILES OF RECENT GRADUATES:
|Dr. Jesse Hinckley received a BS in Neuroscience from Brigham Young
University on 2005, completed his PhD in Human Molecular Genetics in
2013 and received his MD in 2015. He completed General Psychiatry
Residency Training (2018) and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Fellowship Training (2020) at the University of Colorado School of
Medicine. Dr. Hinckley has 14 published manuscripts (6 first authored),
including in Nature Genetics. Dr. Hinckley was awarded a competitive Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Pilot Award
in early 2020. Upon completion of fellowship training, Dr. Hinckley
joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at CU and was awarded
a NIDA-funded (AACAP Physician Scientist Program in Substance Use K12 Career Development Award) K12 Award in March of 2021. |
Dr. Devika Bhatia graduated from Pomona College (Bachelor of Arts) in 2010 and from Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (Doctor of Medicine) in 2016. She completed General Psychiatry Residency Training (2019) and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship (2021) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Devi realized her passion for research later than some, finding an interest mid-way through residency. After completing a research elective and showing strong productivity, Devi was accepted into the Pathways-RRT during Child Fellowship. Still, with relatively limited dedicated research time in residency (in an older version of the Pathways-RRT), Devi published two first-authored and one co-authored manuscripts, received the NIDA-AACAP Resident Training Award in Substance Use Disorders and submitted two grant applications. Her first-authored paper in Pediatrics was selected by the editor as one of the best articles in the journal, representing 1 of 10 “articles that had the greatest impact on our readers in 2020.” Devi will start as a post-doctoral research fellow with the DPRG in summer of 2021.
The Career Program is jointly sponsored by the psychiatry residency and its public mental health partners. The objective of the career program is to provide residents with an in-depth exposure to public psychiatry while still in training and to foster career development in community and state mental health systems. Residents enroll in the program at the beginning of the PGY-2 year and are given a leave of absence after the PGY-3 year in order to perform a year of staff service at a public sector mental health facility. Participating residents are paid the standard salary set by the sponsoring institution for the service year; this salary is partly distributed during the training years as a supplement to the regular residency stipend.
Currently, the Mental Health Center of Denver is participating in this program.
The MHCD career program was instituted in 1994. During their service year, residents in the Career Program work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team within a full continuum of recovery-oriented services. MHCD serves the City and County of Denver and provides treatment to individuals and families with a wide variety of behavioral health problems: crisis intervention, children and families at risk, persons with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. MHCD employs over 400 professionals to provide a range of services at 32 sites for more than 7000 people each year. Services include evidence-based and innovative practices such as Assertive Community Treatment, integrated physical health care, and supported employment and housing.
The Psychotherapy Scholars Track is designed for psychiatry residents who seek advanced psychotherapy training and psychotherapy scholarship during residency and who plan to pursue additional psychotherapy training and practice post-residency. This track builds upon the comprehensive psychotherapy curriculum that is a core component of our residency program and uses elective time to add intensive supervision, reading, and projects. The goals of the Psychotherapy Scholars Track include:
The Women’s Reproductive Psychiatry (RP) Track is designed to provide residents with an in-depth exposure to RP during residency training and to support career development within this sub-specialty field. Residents in good standing through the December of their PGY 1 year may apply. As the track begins in PGY 2 year and continues through PGY 4 year, the resident must plan to complete four years of residency training. This track consists of the following components:
Clinical: In the PGY 2 year, residents rotate at a variety of clinical training sites over a one-month period. Potential sites are selected to provide exposure to treatment of women across the reproductive lifespan, and may include the Women’s Behavioral Health outpatient practice, the Women’s Integrated Services for Health (WISH) primary care practice, Women’s Mental Health at the VA, the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), inpatient obstetrics units, the Young Mother’s Clinic, and the Healthy Expectations mother-infant group therapy program. In PGY 3 and 4 training years, residents will rotate in a diverse array of half-day electives.
Educational: In PGY -2 year, residents in the RP track will attend dedicated weekly didactics specific to RP. PGY 3 residents will complete a variety of didactic mini-series in conjunction with clinical electives. For the PGY 4 year, dedicated didactics will center on the neurobiological basis of sex differences as pertaining to mental health.
Scholarship: Residents completing the Women’s RP Track will pair with a designated faculty member for the planning, initiation, and execution of a scholarly project within RP. Additionally, all residents will be paired with an individual core mentor for additional mentorship, career development, and curricular advisement.