Dear Residency Research Track Candidate,

Welcome to The Ohio State University! We are delighted to offer a dedicated track for research-oriented residents that is designed to train our next generation of physician-scientists in psychiatry. Our innovative program integrates a research training component within our general psychiatry residency training program.

With our diverse patient po, offers a wide variety of research training experiences. Our faculty consists of a diverse group of scientists that has been selected based on academic excellence, mentoring experience, and commitment to resident research. We also have a dedicated Office of Physician-Scientist Education and Training that enriches the training environment for our research-oriented residents.

Our trainees will learn the necessary skills to prepare them for the future integration of scientific breakthroughs into clinical practice. The key components of the program include personalized career development through individual and team-based mentoring, a tailored didactic curriculum and practical career guidance, and rigorous, hands-on research training in basic, clinical, or translational research focused on a broad spectrum of psychiatric disorders.

We are committed to helping our research-oriented residents reach their potential as physician, scientist, and future leader in the field and are looking for applicants who are motivated, diverse, enthusiastic, and eager to learn. We invite you to explore our website and learn more about the program, its structure, and the mentorship options offered here at OSU!


Nina Kraguljac, MD
Vice Chair for Strategy and Innovation
Psychiatry Resident Research Track Training Director
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

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Application Process

Candidates for the Resident Research Track program meet all requirements for entry into graduate medical education (GME) as outlined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and have a demonstrated interest in a career as a physician-scientist.

We have established two complementary avenues to recruit candidates for our research track:

  1. We will identify candidates during psychiatry residency recruitment prior to entering the residency program. We have created a separate NRMP Program code 1566400C1 for residency candidates who would like to be considered for the research track. Successful candidates typically have already demonstrated an interest in a career as a physician-scientist.
  2. We will identify candidates in the PGY-I year of their general psychiatry residency training. This avenue will give us an opportunity to identify trainees with a less substantial research experience that consider a research-oriented career. Supporting research training among non-PhD psychiatry residents is critical in expanding the pipeline, as only approximately half of the physician-scientist workforce in psychiatry have a dual MD/ PhD degree.

Our philosophy on mentorship 

Because mentorship has a critical influence on trainees’ decision to pursue research as a career and on their success during research training, we chose an individual-centered mentoring strategy by developing a network of mentors for each resident.

The primary mentor will work with the research-track resident to identify a suitable research project and will oversee all project activities. By the start of PGY-II, the resident, primary mentor, and executive committee will have worked together to identify three additional faculty members that, together with the primary mentor, will form an individual mentorship team. One member of the mentorship team will serve as the career coach, whose responsibility will be primarily professional and career development.

The most important consideration is how each team member will enhance the trainee’s training experience and career development. Typically, the mentorship team will be drawn from the diverse group of faculty members in the program; however, it is allowable that a faculty member not affiliated with the program may participate if their expertise is deemed most beneficial for the trainee.