ties and other influences within residency that encourage or inhibit research career tracking.

The rationale for focusing on research training during residency must be clearly stated to justify the allocation of resources (e.g., time, funding) needed to increase residency research options. Several logical arguments are advanced below and are summarized in Box 2-1.

FIGURE 2-1 Training pathways in psychiatry.

BOX 2-1
Rationale for Incorporating Research Training into the Residency Experience

  • Promotes research literacy for all trainees.

  • Encourages future participation of clinicians as research collaborators.

  • Provides experiences that may foster choosing a research career.

  • Couples expanding clinical knowledge with the formulation of patient-oriented research questions.

  • Attracts the curious and/or motivates medical students to psychiatry training.

  • Maintains and furthers research interest among residents with investigative backgrounds.



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