Training Program


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.



In the first half of the residency training, NRTP residents focus on clinical training, finding a mentor and defining their scientific interests. There are 3 continuous months of protected research time in the PGY II year, as well as 3 months of service on an inpatient psychiatry research unit, one of the few of its kind in academia.

Post Graduate Year I

The intern year consists of 6 months of internal medicine, 2 months of neurology, 1 month of child and adolescent psychiatry, and 3 months of adult inpatient psychiatry. Didactics are provided by each clinical service. During the first year, residents attend the NRTP Seminar, and begin to identify their research interests and mentor.

Rotation Rotation Length Research Activities
Internal Medicine
Adult Neurology
Child/Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry
Adult Inpatient Psychiatry
6 months
2 months
1 month
3 months
  • Weekly NRTP Seminar

Post Graduate Year II

The PGY II year provides the core training in acute care psychiatry. It includes 1 month of psychiatry emergency service, 2 months of the consult-liaison service, 2 months of substance abuse treatment training, 1 month-long rotation in geriatric psychiatry, 3 months of general inpatient psychiatry and 3 months of protected research time.

For residents in the NRTP, the inpatient psychiatry rotation occurs on the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit (CNRU), which houses a 12-bed unit to admit patients participating in research studies. The research studies include clinical trials for novel treatments for anxiety, mood, psychotic, sleep and substance use disorders and provide residents with a unique opportunity to care for patients participating in clinical research and to become intimately involved in the research. To promote translational research, the CNRU is also located across the hall from the Laboratory of Molecular Psychiatry, a group of basic neuroscience laboratories pursuing the neurobiological basis of psychiatric illness and cellular and behavioral psychopharmacology.

An additional 3-month elective block, the Clinical and Academic Skills Enhancement (CASE) Elective, provides time for NRTP residents to develop and pursue their individual research interests. NRTP residents continue to participate in the weekly NRTP Seminar throughout the PGY II year.

Rotation Rotation Length Research Activities
Psychiatric Emergency Department 1 month
  • Weekly NRTP Seminar
  • Participation in inpatient clinical and translational research in the CNRU
  • 25% protected time for research during CASE elective
Consult-Liaison Service 2 months
Substance Abuse Disorders 2 months
Geriatric Psychiatry 1 month
Inpatient Adult Psychiatry on the Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit, (CNRU) 3 months
Clinical and Academic Skills Enhancement Elective (CASE) 3 months



In the second half of their residency, NRTP trainees develop the research foundation for their career, by participating in on-going research in the outpatient research clinics and having 25% (third year) and 90% (fourth year) protected time for research.

Post Graduate Year III

During the PGY III year, NRTP residents are trained in outpatient psychiatry and outpatient clinical research simultaneously as they work in the outpatient research clinics. In the research clinics, residents treat patients with psychotherapy and medications, help evaluate whether patients are eligible to participate in research. They follow both patients in research protocols and selected clinical cases, and meet weekly with clinical and research faculty supervisors. One half-day per week is spent in a child psychiatry clinic. For this requirement, residents have the option of working in research clinics in the Yale Child Study Center, the Developmental Disabilities Clinic and the Tic Disorder/Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Clinic. In the third year, there is 25% protected research time for NRTP trainees to devote to their own research, with their chosen mentor, and they attend the weekly NRTP Seminar.

During the PGY III and IV years, trainees can arrange to take coursework that will aid in their research, such as electives in genetics and brain imaging. These and other methodology courses are offered thought the Department of Psychiatry, the Yale School of Medicine, and the Department of Neurobiology at Yale.

Rotation Rotation Length Research Activities
Outpatient Research Clinics
Child Psychiatry Clinics (1/2 day/week)
12 months
12 months
  • Weekly NRTP Seminar
  • Participation in clinical and translational research in Outpatient Research Clinics
  • 25% protected time for independent research

Post Graduate Year IV

PGY IV residents can have more than 90% protected time for research. They are expected to publish their work by the end of residency, and begin to apply for fellowships, grants and awards. Senior residents continue to attend the NRTP seminar, where they can present their work and ideas to receive feedback from faculty and other residents.

Rotation Rotation Length Research Activities
>90% elective 12 months
  • Weekly NRTP Seminar
  • >90% time for independent research