Residents are expected to increase their research productivity and independence over the course of the residency. The protected time described below is dedicated to all four elements of the research track (see above).
• PGY-1: Residents have an average of 7% protected time (1/2 day per week during psychiatry rotations plus a research focused month towards the end of the year) to meet with and begin to work with potential research mentors.
• PGY-2: Residents have an average of 17% protected time (1/2 day per week excluding the two night float months plus a research-focused month toward the end of the year) during PGY-2.
• PGY-3: Residents have 33% protected time for research training during this year: two RTP positions and one VA-funded research position. Building upon groundwork laid in PGY-1 and PGY-2, residents work more intensively on all elements of the research track, including their hands-on research project(s). During this outpatient year, residents are encouraged to develop clinical expertise in an area relevant to their research focus, in addition to having a broad enough caseload to meet all ACGME requirements.
• PGY-4: Residents have 80% protected time for research training during this year: two RTP positions and one VA-funded research position. Residents are expected to work more independently and generate more products than in prior years while maintaining ACGME graduation requirements. Residents work more intensively on plans to transition to the next career stage, which often includes writing grant applications