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.
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.