In the first half of the residency training, NRTP residents focus on clinical training, finding a mentor and defining their scientific interests. There are 3 continuous months of protected research time in the PGY II year, as well as 3 months of service on an inpatient psychiatry research unit, one of the few of its kind in academia.
From the beginning of residency, the NRTP promotes the integrated and parallel pursuit of clinical and research interests. This approach models a typical academic career, where research, clinical, and educational endeavors are pursued in concert. Dovetailing clinical and research missions fosters an integrated identity as a physician-scientist and promotes translational thinking about investigational approaches to psychiatric illness.
In the second half of their residency, NRTP trainees develop the research foundation for their career, by participating in on-going research in the outpatient research clinics and having 25% (third year) and 90% (fourth year) protected time for research.
A core component of the NRTP is the weekly Neuroscience Research Training Program Seminar. This is a forum where trainees, faculty and invited psychiatry researchers discuss current developments in the field, their own research and mentor each other about research careers over lunch. The NRTP Seminar is a part of the NRTP curriculum for the entire four years.
The Psychiatry Department at Yale has a long tradition of mentoring pioneers in molecular, clinical and translational psychiatry.