Our general residency program allows all residents the flexibility to use abundant elective time to explore specific aspects of psychiatry and develop special areas of expertise. While all clinical tracks are subsumed under a single NRMP number, each of our research tracks has a separate NRMP number.
As the fields of neuroscience and genetics have advanced in knowledge base and research strategies and techniques, PhD-level training has become critical for both effective translational research and obtaining research funding. We developed our research tracks with this in mind.
Trainees in our research tracks have been recognized for their excellence and have received some of the most prestigious awards available to residents. To continue this tradition of excellence, we are pleased to introduce Mercedes Perez-Rodriguez, MD, PhD, as our Assistant Training Director for Research. Dr. Perez-Rodriguez graduated from our Physician-Scientist track in 2012 and completed a MIRECC research fellowship in Mood Disorders before accepting a faculty position in 2014. She is currently Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Medical Director of the Psychosis Research Integrating Science and Medicine (PRISM) Program. Dr. Perez-Rodriguez’s work in the neurobiology of mood and personality disorders has been funded by the NIH, the Brain and Behavior Science Foundation (NARSAD), and the VA MIRECC. Dr. Perez-Rodriguez works closely with the training directors as well as with Rene Kahn, MD, PhD, and Eric Nestler, MD, PhD, to advise and oversee the professional and scientific development of residents throughout the research tracks, with a focus on successful mentorship relationships and planningfor grant submissions.
As of 2017, our Department of Neuroscience is #2 in the US as ranked by federal funding, and our Department of Psychiatry is #6, with individual investigators listed among the top funded PI’s. The Friedman Brain Institute represents this large, multidisciplinary effort involving numerous basic science and clinical departments.