PGY4 Residency Training and Clinical Fellowship Program & NIMH

PGY4 Residency Training and Clinical Fellowship Program & NIMH


>>GIOIA GUERRIERI: My
name is Gioia Guerrieri. I completed the PGY-4 residency
training program and completed an additional 3-year Clinical Fellowship
program in the Section of Behavioral Endocrinology at NIMH. As a Clinical Research fellow
in Behavioral Endocrinology, I studied the effect of hormones on
mood and behavior in Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder,
Postpartum Depression, and Perimenopause-onset Depression. I would absolutely recommend this
program to a medical resident who is ready to take the next step toward
regulatory medicine or an academic medical career. And the skills I learned during my
fellowship program were invaluable. I was encouraged to apply for the
Residency Training program at NIMH through my mentors at Mayo Clinic
when I was a psychiatry resident – and I’m glad I did. It provided an amazing opportunity
to complete my 4th year of psychiatry residency and also combine it with
my first year of clinical fellowship. I’m often asked what the transition
from a traditional residency program to the NIMH is like, so
I will briefly explain. First, the ACGME accredited PGY-4
program satisfies required PGY-4 didactics and training; it provides the opportunity to take
call for the Clinical Center; and it also allows psychiatrists
to start their own clinical work – in moonlighting or private
practice through a pathway called outside activities. Additionally, the program enables
candidates to immerse themselves in the laboratory with
which they matched; and offers career and additional
training support outside of required didactics. And yes, there is strong support
for board exam preparation leading to board certification. Graduating from this ACGME program
merits a certificate of completion for the 4th year of
residency from the NIMH. And – as an added value for many
medical residents and fellows – there is an opportunity to apply for
loan repayment through the Intramural ACGME General Research Path or the
Intramural Competitive Loan Repayment Program for each year of fellowship. In addition to the benefits of
working in the Section of Behavioral Endocrinology, this program provided
many opportunities for me in terms of leadership and
professional development, as well as career training. I held positions on
various committees, presented at National
Scientific Meetings, received career training, and an
NIMH curriculum research certificate. Again, I highly recommend the NIMH
PGY-4 program and subsequent clinical fellowship. The program enabled me the ability
to gain expertise in Reproductive Psychiatry, Publish in
peer-review journals, and Develop the expertise I needed to
be successful in Regulatory Medicine at FDA and in my clinical practice.

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