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Graduate Medical Education (GME): NIMH Clinical Fellowship

Fellowship Program Director: Joyce Chung, M.D.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Division of Intramural Research (DIRP) offers a non-accredited post-residency research training fellowship program in the area of psychiatry and clinical neuroscience. The NIMH Clinical Fellowship program offers extensive training opportunities in clinical, translational and basic research that focuses on the neurobiology of mental illness. The core training program is mentorship-driven with the goal to acquire and refine research skills, including the evaluation and clinical care of research participants, development of research protocols, performance of clinical and/or laboratory research studies, and the analysis and presentation of study results. Clinical Fellows join specialty research groups that study the mechanisms or treatments of major psychiatric illnesses in adults or children. Emphasis in these programs is on psychopharmacology; novel therapeutics; behavioral endocrinology; neurobiology; neurodevelopment; functional, structural and molecular brain imaging; and neurogenetics. Successful candidates have a strong background in research and a commitment to a research career.

Program Structure
The NIMH IRP Clinical Fellowship program offers post-residency training opportunities for psychiatrists and physicians in related fields, e.g. neurology. The Clinical Fellowship program is designed to attract and train physician-scientists for successful research careers in the clinical neurosciences. The 3-year full-time training program is mentorship driven and individually tailored. Skills are developed through close interactions with experienced research mentors, and hands-on experience conducting research. Each fellow develops an Individual Development Plan that defines their specific training goals and activities.

Additional Information
NIMH Clinical Fellowship

Application Information
Successful candidates have completed their general psychiatry residency or subspecialty fellowship programs, or residency in related fields. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early in their final year of residency training. The expected length of stay for Clinical Fellows participating in the program is three years.

Electronic Application
Apply to this program via the NIH GME Application System.

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This page last updated on 05/21/2021

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