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BEST Program | South Central MIRECC


The Building Educational Scholarship in psychiatry Training (BEST) program encourages psychiatry residents to enter post-residency research training fellowships in VISNs 16 and 17.

Directed by Dr. Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali, the program recognizes talented residents with academic interests and offers consultative experiences in mental health research careers. Awardees attend a national scientific meeting, get a stipend for books or tuition, and work with a career mentor.

BEST awardees are selected in their second year of residency by department chairs or residency training directors at regional universities that affiliate academically with the SC MIRECC. For more information, email

Last updated: May 13, 2024