The program is designed to last 2-3 years, and the purposes of the program are the following:
- Provide formal course training to postdoctoral fellows, with an emphasis on imaging and clinical research methodology, and instruction in their underlying multidisciplinary sciences.
- Provide mentored training for fellows to apply these new methods to the interdisciplinary advance of our understanding of the function of the brain in health, substance abuse, and other psychiatric diseases.
- Provide an integrated research experience for fellows in both imaging applications and methodology. All fellows will be expected to complete at least one research project with an applications and one with a methodology mentor during their training period.
Each fellow will work on two projects: one focused on methodology and one focused on an application. There will be two mentors, one for each of the projects, and it is the fellow's choice which will be the primary mentor and associated area of work.
To ensure a solid background in appropriate areas, there is a recommended core curriculum, with courses defined according to the choice of methodological or applications emphasis. For the methodological track those include methodology of PET, MRI, and MRS, including image processing; other courses are available, including statistics for clinical studies and pharmacokinetic modeling (which is one of the required courses for the applications track).
Second Year Grant Proposal
In the second year of the program, trainees write a grant proposal to be critiqued by the steering committee as if being reviewed by NIH. The purpose of this step is two-fold. First, there is the opportunity to gain experience in competitive grant writing with the advantage of a thorough critique by a home crowd. Second, the resulting product will ideally be a grant proposal that can be submitted for competitive funding and help the trainee obtain a faculty position at Yale or elsewhere for the next career stage.