The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry offers many research opportunities to trainees who desire this experience. Whether or not they choose to pursue research careers, the philosophy of the Division is to teach trainees to become good consumers of research, not to insist that all clinical trainees become researchers. Because research is the language of clinical advancement, understanding research methodology is not considered elective. To meet this goal, the Division offers a course in Research Methods in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry early each year, during which the trainee learns about clinical research design and statistical techniques, reviews recent research studies in which these points are illustrated, and has the opportunity to develop a protocol of their choosing.
While research experience is not required, many trainees elect to work on existing research projects, or to develop projects of their own in consultation with faculty. A brief summary of existing research projects in the Division illustrates the breadth of research in the Division, as well as to present projects that are available for trainees to join.
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