Research track members can select mentors from across the entire UCLA campus, representing a broad range of expertise from health services, to clinical, to translational, to basic science research. Members of the research track oversight committee and fellow residents are available to help identify and introduce junior residents to prospective research projects and faculty mentors.
All resources and benefits of the research track are extended to residents whether they come through the formal match process or join after matching into the general residency track. Residents may join the research track at anytime during their training, from their PGY-1 to PGY-4 year. There is no limit to the number of residents who can join the program.
Benefits of the program include protected time from clinical duties to focus on research related activities. This may range from a weekly afternoon exempt from PGY-2 inpatient duties to attend lab meetings, to an adapted outpatient clinic schedule during the PGY-3 and 4 years to pursue research interests. The program curriculum also provides regular opportunities to meet leading researchers and clinicians in psychiatry and learn about their areas of interest. The Supplementary Academic and Research Curriculum, or SARC, is a weekly lunch time forum developed specifically for the research track residents that invites faculty speakers to discuss topics varying from state of the art developments in psychiatry to career development guidance. Research track residents bring journal submissions, grant applications, and scientific talks to SARC for discussion and feedback.
Beyond the residency training period, the program is committed to supporting residents as they pursue their research career interests. Mentorship and guidance continues after residency and there are a wide variety of post-residency research opportunities. The UCLA and the VA system offer research fellowships, a child psychiatry fellowship research track, and numerous post-doctoral positions.
We have a particular commitment to recruiting and developing women and minority applicants given current disparities present in research residencies and academic research faculty nationwide. UCLA and the county of Los Angeles represent some of the most diverse populations in the country.