Office of Academic Affiliations
VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Psychiatric Research/Neurosciences
History and Purpose
This Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) program announcement gives directions to physician applicants and their sponsoring, affiliated VA facilities about applying for a VA Advanced Fellowship in Psychiatric Research/Neurosciences (including Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). The purposes of the fellowship are to develop physician potential for health system leadership positions and to contribute to VA and the nation's health work force needs.
This two-year fellowship offers post-residency research, educational, and clinical training to eligible physician candidates. These include outstanding physicians who have completed their specialty and subspecialty residency training in adult psychiatry, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), or other specialties related to the neurosciences.
Research, education, and clinical fellowship training experiences may focus on such areas as psychiatric disorders, disorders of the brain, traumatic injuries of the head or spine, or related debilitating diseases. Examples include but are not limited to epilepsy, malignancy, myelitis, strokes, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and Alzheimer's disease.
The fellowship places particular emphasis on excellent mentoring. Outstanding VA psychiatrists, neurologists, physiatrists, neuroscientists, or other physicians and scientists in relevant specialties serve as preceptors. The Fellowship Program Director, preceptors, and applicants work together to design a program of rich research, education, and clinical training experiences. The Fellowship Program Director, who serves as the primary mentor, and other preceptors guide fellowship participants throughout the two-year program.
Approximately 75 percent of the fellowship time is to be devoted to biomedical or clinical research including didactic education related to research. Approximately 25 percent of the fellowship time is allocated to VA clinical activities at the local VA facility.