CAP II Research Rotation (University of Chicago)

Patient Care

  1. 1.  For residents participating in clinical research projects, the resident will demonstrate the ability to perform a comprehensive psychiatric history utilizing appropriate research evaluations such as the K-SADS and ADOS and/ or standardized rating instrument.  The resident will be able to document this assessment and present in consensus meeting:
    • Psychiatric symptoms and history
    • Social and educational history
    • Family history
    • Substance abuse history
    • Medical history and review of systems
    • Physical and neurological examination, as deemed necessary
    • Developmental history
    • Mental status examination including assessment of cognitive functioning
  2. Residents will learn to differentiate patient care in a research study from those in clinical care, and know when to terminate a research project to pursue clinical care.
  3. Residents will learn to work with clinical and research staff and balance the competing demands of each. 

Medical Knowledge

  1. The resident will learn the proper techniques of research, including the NIH regulations and ethical guidelines concerning research. 
  2. Residents will learn how to use the medical literature to develop their project and to prepare background for a presentation before the section or the department. 
  3. The resident will learn how to find and utilize resources for research at The University of Chicago such as the Institute or Mind and Body, and the Translational & Molecular Neuroscience research center of our department.
  4. The resident will further their medical knowledge base about their research project. 

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  1. Residents will work collaboratively with mentors, other researchers, and other support services. 
  2. Residents will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with granting agencies, research subjects their families in both written and oral formats. 
  3. Residents will work with their research mentor to develop a presentation to clearly and simply present the work they have been doing. 


  1. The resident will demonstrate respect for patients and colleagues, and respect their age, culture, disabilities, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.
  2. The resident will interact professionally with the research staff, IRB and Office of Research Support.
  3. The resident will demonstrate a collaborative and nonjudgmental attitude characterized by empathy, curiosity, respect and openness.  Residents also demonstrate the ability to tolerate ambiguity and show confidence in the research process.

Practice-based Learning and Improvement

  1. The resident will be able to evaluate and incorporate the basic principles underlying clinical, translational, and/or basic science research into their own research and clinical work with patients. 
  2. The resident should be able to identify their personal limitations in research, but also develop a sense of understanding and of their strengths in the contributions they make and continue to make to moving the field forward in research that can continue once they leave training. 
  3. This rotation will support a more in-depth use of the electronic resources and help the resident adopt a system of life-long learning. 
  4. Teaching abilities will be evaluated as the resident works with their mentor on presentation skills, and be students, peers and faculty at their presentation. 

Systems-Based Practice:

  1. Each resident must recognize and accept limitations in his/her knowledge base and clinical skills, and understand the need for life-long learning.
  2. Residents will possess research appropriate skills and demonstrate the ability to obtain current scientific research and clinical practice guidelines to assist in promoting high quality patient care. This will include, but not be limited to:
    • use of medical libraries
    • use of information technology, including Internet-based searches and research databases (e.g., MedLine)
    • use of drug information databases
  3. Residents will evaluate caseloads and practice experience in a systematic manner. This may include:
    • maintenance of patient logs
    • review of patient records and outcomes
    • obtaining appropriate supervision
    • residents will understand how their patient care affects and is affected by other health care providers