Psychiatry Research Track

Psychiatry Research Track

We have long been fortunate at Duke to benefit from availability and accessibility of world-class faculty members, who mentor and advise residents – including those with specific passion for and interest in research – with quite a few successful researchers emerging from the Duke Psychiatry Residency Training Program in the last decade.

After a number of years of piloting a schedule that permits early elective exposure for a select few residents on a research track, we are pleased to announce that in the 2019 NRMP Residency Match Duke Psychiatry will have a Categorical Psychiatry and a Psychiatry/Research Track!  The Research Track can flex to a 5-year course of study with 50% protected time early in training and intensive mentoring designed to facilitate the development of outstanding clinician-scientists. The Duke Office for Physician-Scientist Development works to leverage institutional and grant-funded opportunities, including the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Physician-Scientist Institutional Award (which provides support to address training gaps and the high rate of attrition of physician-scientists in the basic sciences), various NIH awards, and an abundance of highly qualified mentors for diverse projects. NIMH supplemental grant mechanisms are promising sources of additional support, and the Department of Psychiatry’s leadership, in keeping with the School of Medicine Strategic Plan for Research, is allocating financial support to formalize the Duke Psychiatry/Research Track! 

We seek outstanding medical students with a demonstrated track record of clinical excellence and exceptional research achievement. Successful trainees will exhibit clinical and research interests that complement available resources at Duke. If you are serious about pursuing research and wish to emerge from residency “fundable”, please email Dr. Moira Rynn (moira.rynn@duke.edu) to express your interest in this residency track.

There will be two NRMP Program Numbers for Duke Psychiatry. We will have 10 spots in the Categorical program and 2 spots in the Research track. We hope you will rank the Categorical Psychiatry Residency Training Program (in which we continue to have flexibility and opportunity for all trainees to pursue research and scholarly work) as well as, if it is the right program for you, the Psychiatry/Research Track.