New knowledge, skills, and techniques to treat patients optimally are always in the process of being discovered and developed, and the best physicians are those who continue to learn and grow throughout their careers.
Physicians entering our residency program are expected to develop familiarity with the process of how new knowledge is generated – that is, how good research is conducted and how physicians can best interpret and use the results of that research. This knowledge is crucial not only in training future leaders, researchers or academics, but also in training physicians to maintain competence in their clinical work.
With those goals in mind, our program has established a resident scholarship requirement, in which each resident must plan and complete a project of original scholarship under the supervision of a faculty mentor and formally present it to the professional community.
In addition to developing their own projects, residents have the opportunity for involvement in some faculty research. Currently those projects include
- A pilot study of the effects of suvorexant on levels of orexin and panic symptoms;
- A multi-site study of the effects of low-dose IV ketamine on depression symptoms, suicidality, and various biomarkers;
- The Imaging Dementia Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) Study (Ideas-Study.org), a trial to determine the clinical usefulness of PET imaging of brain amyloid deposits in the diagnosis of patients who are being evaluated for Alzheimer disease and dementia.