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For further information, the applicant should contact:

Joyce Chung, M.D.
Training Director
Clinical Fellowship Program
National Institute of Mental Health
Office of the Clinical Director
10 Center Drive MSC 1276
Building 10-CRC, Room 6-5340
Bethesda MD 20892-1276

Graduate Medical Education (GME): Psychiatry (PGY-4 and Above)

Joyce Chung, M.D.

Eligibility Criteria
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Division of Intramural Research (DIRP) offers an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved residency program for the fourth year of post graduate psychiatric training (PGY4). This program offers research training in the area of biological psychiatry and is conceptualized as an elective fourth year of residency. Successful candidates have completed all required general psychiatry residency rotations and satisfied all core competencies. Residents who transfer to the NIMH usually continue as a clinical fellow for two additional years of research training. The NIMH DIRP also offers a post-residency Clinical Research Fellowship Program PDF Logo (2.75 MB) (or Print Friendly PDF PDF Logo (413 KB)).

The NIMH DIRP offers extensive training opportunities in clinical and translational research in psychiatry and neuroscience. The core training program is mentorship-driven and focuses on the acquisition and refinement of research skills including the evaluation and clinical care of research subjects, development of research protocols, performance of clinical and/or laboratory research, and preparation and presentation of study results. Clinical Research Fellows join specialty research groups that study the mechanisms or treatments of major psychiatric illnesses. Emphasis in these programs is on psychopharmacology, behavioral endocrinology, psychosomatic medicine, child psychiatry, brain imaging, molecular biology, and neurogenetics. Successful candidates have a strong background in research and a commitment to an academic career path.

Clinical and research training are integrated during the three-year clinical fellowship program. Fellows assume responsibility for the evaluation and clinical care of inpatient and/or outpatient research subjects in addition to providing on-call psychiatric consultations to NIH Clinical Center patients. Research design, methodology, statistical analysis, and data presentation skills are developed through interaction with mentors, didactic sessions, and practical experiences. Trainees are exposed to specialized coursework including the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, Neurobiology of Mental Illness, Grant-Writing and Clinical Research Bioethics. For trainees with primarily laboratory interests, basic research training opportunities are also available.

Program Administrators

Office of the Clinical Director
Maryland Pao, M.D., Clinical Director, NIMH
Joyce Chung, M.D., Deputy Clinical Director, NIMH and Training Director, Clinical Fellowship Program
Deborah Snyder, M.S.W., Special Assistant to the Clinical Director

Office of Fellowship Training
Janet Clark, Ph.D. Director
Margarita Valencia, Assistant Director

Program Faculty and Research Interests

Representative NIMH Clinical Investigators
Chris Baker, Ph.D., Chief of the Unit on Learning and Plasticity in the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition
Peter Bandettini, Ph.D., Chief, Section on Functional Imaging Methods
Carolyn Beebe-Smith, Ph.D., Chief of the Section on Neuroadaptation and Protein Metabolism
Karen Berman, M.D., Chief, Section on Integrative Neuroimaging in the Clinical Brain Disorders Branch
James Blair, Ph.D., Chief of the Unit on Affective Cognitive Neuroscience
Jay Giedd, M.D., Chief of the Unit on Brain Imaging in the Child Psychiatry Branch
Christian Grillon, Ph.D., Chief, Unit of the Affective Psychophysiology Laboratory
Robert Innis, M.D., Chief of the Molecular Imaging Branch
Ellen Leibenluft, M.D., Chief of the Section on Bipolar Spectrum Disorders in the Emotion and Development Branch
Alex Martin, Ph.D., Chief of the Cognitive Neuropsychology Section, Laboratory of Brain and Cognition
Francis McMahon, M.D., Chief of the Unit on Genetic Basis of Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Daniel Pine, M.D., Chief, Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience and Chief of Emotion and Development Branch in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program
Judith L. Rapoport, M.D., Chief of the Child Psychiatry Branch
Peter J. Schmidt, M.D., Chief of the Section on Behavioral Endocrinology
Susan E. Swedo, M.D., Chief Pediatrics & Developmental Neuroscience Branch
Leslie Ungerleider, Ph.D., Chief of the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition
Carlos Zarate, MD, Chief Experimental Therapeutics of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program

Application Information

The NIMH Psychiatry PGY4 Residency Training Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Applicants must successfully complete three years in an approved ACGME general psychiatry residency (including all clinical requirements for certification) by the time they enter the program. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early in their PGY-3 training year. The expected length of stay for residents participating in the program is three years (an additional two years of fellowship follow the conclusion of residency training).

Electronic Application
The quickest and easiest way to find out more about this training program or to apply for consideration is to do it electronically.

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This page last reviewed on 03/30/2016

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