Message from the Director

Dr. Marsal Sanches

Marsal Sanches, MD, PhD Research Track Residency Training Director

Thank you for your interest in the Research Track Psychiatry Residency Program at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

This is an amazing historical moment to be involved in psychiatric research. The countless recent advances in the understanding of the pathophysiology of mental illnesses, allied with the development of novel biological therapeutic approaches and the rescue of humanistic aspects of psychiatric care, has turned the fascinating field of psychiatry into an amalgam of different areas of knowledge, with the ultimate goal of constant optimizing patient care and looking at patient’s in their totality. Our research track program reflects this multifaceted approach to mental illness, and we pride ourselves on our culture of innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Created in 2012, our research track program offers a special opportunity for residents interested in developing research careers in academic psychiatry. The track is designed to allow residents with research backgrounds or strong interest in psychiatric research to engage in basic science, translational, and clinical research throughout residency.

Residents who join the research track are provided with the opportunity to pursue clinical and research interests in parallel throughout residency training, while fulfilling the ACGME requirements for general psychiatry residency training. Our program offers protected research time throughout residency as well as flexible and personalized rotation curriculum to integrate research and clinical training. Mentorship is provided by faculty members at the forefront of clinical psychiatry and neuroscience, with different backgrounds and research interests.

The research track combines clinical, research, and didactic activities over a period of four years. Upon completion of the program, our graduates are fully prepared to start their careers as junior faculty members and to continue to pursue research activities in academia or other settings of interest.