Research Training Tracks

 

We have several options for residents interested in research in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado, School of Medicine. The Integrated and research tracks are the most intensive of these options.  They involve a competitive application process and are designed for residents who are interested in pursuing research as part of their current and future career. Typically residents in these tracks 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 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 small project (e.g., as an add-on to a mentor’s ongoing project, or a small independent pilot). The track application and progress report forms are available via these links (application hyperlink; progress report hyperlink). If you are not sure if this option meets your needs, or to find out about other options, please contact Kimberly Slavsky or Dr. Sakai.

 

Kimberly Slavsky

kimberly.slavsky@cuanschutz.edu

(303) 724-8079

 

Joseph Sakai, MD

joseph.sakai@cuanschutz.edu

(303) 724-7402

 

This unique track within the psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry residencies 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). Identification of a project and mentor begins early in the PGY-1 year and interested residents submit an application to the program by January 1st of their PGY-1 year. During the CR1 and CR2 years, integrated track residents are provided with up to $5,000/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 track meeting and are required to submit a progress report annually – the research track committee reviews applications 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:

  PG 1 PG 2 PG 3 CR 1 CR 2
Child No time 2-3 months (17-25%) 1 day per week (20% effort) 40% effort 50% effort

This is a unique track within the psychiatry residency that incorporates research experiences and training throughout the PGY-2 through PGY-4 years. Identification of a project and mentor begins early in the PGY-1 year and interested residents submit an application to the program by January 1st of their PGY-1 year. This track maximizes research time and training concurrently with acquiring clinical competence in psychiatry; its goal is to develop clinician-scientists for future academic roles in psychiatry. During the PG3 and 4 years, research track residents are provided up to $5,000/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 track meeting and are required to submit a progress report annually – the research track committee reviews applications and progress reports and provides written feedback to each resident and mentor. The time commitment in the PG3 and 4 years is intended to allow application to the NIH Loan Repayment Program.

Structure:

  PG 1 PG 2 PG 3 PG 4
Adult No time 2-3 months (17-25%) 50% effort 50% effort

 

 

The goal of our scholarly program is to: prepare psychiatrists to critically evaluate scientific literature and how that literature drives evidence-based practice; teach residents to apply the basic principles of research to clinical questions they encounter in their practice; to develop an area of expertise relevant to their career goals; and, to become lifelong learners and scholars.

While some residents do more intense research through the Integrated or Research Tracks, all residents complete a scholarly project which may include participation in the Department's annual poster session or submission to a peer-reviewed journal or presentation at a national meeting. 

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.

Clinical Training Tracks


This clinical track offers rotation options in child and adolescent settings starting in the PGY-I year including pediatrics and pediatric neurology.   In the PGY-2 year, participants in this track have their choice of rotating on Children’s Hospital’s inpatient psychiatry unit or Denver Health’s adolescent psychiatry unit.  PGY-3s  have the opportunity to work in the Child & Adolescent Outpatient Clinic. The objectives of this track are to enhance the developmental perspective in psychiatry, provide early exposure to child and adolescent clinical settings, and to foster career development in child and adolescent psychiatry. 

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: 

  1. Advanced knowledge base in psychotherapy theory, literature, and history. 
  2. Clinical competency in five forms of psychotherapy including brief treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, group therapy, and family and couples psychotherapy. 
  3. Completion of a scholarly project related to psychotherapy. 

Contact Us

Department of Psychiatry Residency

13001 E 17th Place

Bldg 500, Rm E2322

Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: (303) 724-6021

Fax: (303) 724-4963

 

 

Sara Dillard

Program Coordinator

Phone: (303) 724-6019

Email: Sara Dillard

 

Robert D. Davies, MD

Program Director

Phone: (303) 724-6021

Email: Robert Davies