Research and Educator Tracks

The Department of Psychiatry Residency Program at Indiana University is designed to give residents a rich learning experience, a broad range of clinical settings, and the most advanced diagnostic and treatment approaches. With our four-year program, residents may also choose to follow either Educator or Research track.


PGY 1           

  1. Declare interest in Clinician Educator Track.
  2. Establish relationship with a Mentor who is a Clinician Educator
  3. Begin education project
    • Design project with mentor
    • Write a protocol
    • Obtain IRB approval


  1. Develop ideas for a curriculum to be implemented in PGY 3 year.
  2. Provide ½ day per week protected time for education project and other educational activities (ICM, etc.).
  3. Continue work on education project


  1. Provide one full day per week devoted to educational activities.
  2. Begin implementation of curriculum developed in PGY 2 year.
  3. Initiate scholarly work in Clinical Education.
  4. Continue educational activities (ICM, etc.).


  1. Study curriculum, consider ways to improve/change based on feedback.
  2. Continue educational activities.
  3. Serve as a site Chief Resident.
  4. Participate in Chief Resident Meetings.
  5. Submit scholarly work in Clinical Education.
  6. Present project at Grand Rounds.
  7. Present project at AADPRT.



Our residency is proud to offer a Research Track for residents who are interested in future research careers. This track is designed to integrate excellent clinical training with advanced training and hands-on experience in basic, clinical, translational, or health services research methodology. The goal is give our residents a significant advantage when they begin their research career after residency. The curriculum is built to expose Residents to the rich array of research environments and opportunities available to them in the PGY1 Year, with progressive hands-on opportunities and time to pursue mentored research projects in the subsequent years. The following is a sample trajectory that a Research Track resident might follow:


  1. Declare interest in the Research Track
  2. Establish mentor relationship with senior department researcher, preferably in the area the candidate is interested in investigating
  3. Options to begin a starter research project (likely to involve retrospective data collection because of time constraints), which may include:
    • Literature review, possibly write up into a review article in PGY II-III
    • Design project with mentor or utilize existing data to begin a project
  4. Obtain IRB approval if necessary
  5. Attend Research Journal Club


  1. Conduct continuity clinic in a setting where research is conducted (e.g., PARC)
  2. Provide ½ day per week protected research time for starter research project and other research activities
  3. Complete research projectwith goals of:
    • Complete data analysis
    • Present results in a poster session
    • Publish results
  4. Attend journal club


  1. Up to one full day per week devoted to research activities
  2. Design and begin implementation of a major research project (likely involving prospective data collection)
    • Design project with mentor (if the project is outside of the mentor’s area of interest, consider acquiring a new mentor in the area of interest)
    • Write protocol
    • Obtain IRB approval
    • Begin implementation and data collection
  3. Publish a review paper on the area of the major research project
  4. Optional attendance at the IUPUI grant writing course
  5. Submit NIH Loan Repayment application (Nov. 15) in anticipation of loan repayment during PGY 4 year
  6. Attend Research Journal Club


  1. Up to 12 months full-time dedicated to research project
  2. Opportunity to complete major research project
  3. Possibility to present results at a national scientific meeting (e.g., APA)
  4. Opportunity to publish results in a peer review journal
  5. Consider utilizing data as pilot data for a grant
  6. Optional attendance at the IUPUI grant writing course
  7. Write and submit a grant with faculty mentorship (e.g., NARSAD, K-award, CTSI K-award)
  8. Present data at Grand Rounds
  9. Attend Research Journal Club

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