Philosophy of Education

The Yale NRTP provides an environment rich with opportunities for developing scientific and clinical skills in parallel to pursue a career as a psychiatrist-neuroscientist.

The Yale Department of Psychiatry developed the Neuroscience Research Training Program (NRTP) specifically to train successful physician-scientists and prepare the field’s next generation of leaders. Through this specialized three- (PGY II-IV) or four-year (PGY I-IV) program funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Yale School of Medicine, the NRTP provides the opportunity to pursue clinical and research interests in parallel throughout the residency with mentors and colleagues at the forefront of clinical psychiatry and neuroscience.

We believe that training as physicians and as scientists must be integrated. One obstacle for young physician-scientists is that clinical and research training are too often pursued separately, in different phases of residency and fellowship. The NRTP integrates training in clinical psychiatry and in clinical, translational and basic research, at all phases of training. Residents in the NRTP are supported in discovering and pursuing their independent interests, and maximum flexibility in designing residents’ educational programs is provided. We believe that our role of educators of accomplished trainees nearing independence is to provide a rich and supportive mentorship environment for individual growth.