The Department of Internal Medicine’s commitment to the career development of young physicians and academic mission to pursue novel disease prevention and treatment strategies has led to the development of the Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP) in 2013. This program merges the outstanding clinical training provided by the Department of Internal Medicine with an intensive mentorship program focused on development of essential skill sets for the physician scientist.

Trainees have the opportunity to participate in one of eight existing T32 training programs within the medical center, access to a multidisciplinary mentorship team, access to didactics and workshops within the Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTS) and financial support for career development activities.

Goals of the PSTP are to provide a combined training experience in internal medicine and subspecialty of choice with a focus on linking trainees with post graduate research mentors. Emphasis is placed on optimizing career development to transition efficiently into an independently funded faculty position. The overarching goal of the program is to produce outstanding physician scientists who are committed to the pursuit of an independent academic career pathway. Trainees have transitioned into tenured track positions each with fully funded laboratory programs.

Program Features

Program Features

Training Track

Internal medicine training: 24 months

Subspecialty training: 12-24 months (dependent on subspecialty)

Research training (80%): 36 months

Ambulatory Clinic during research training: ½ day per week

For select, qualified candidates, option to join faculty during last year of training (as instructor or assistant professor). Targeted ABIM Internal Medicine Board Eligibility: PGY 4. Targeted ABIM Subspecialty Board Eligibility: PGY 5 or 6 (depending on subspecialty).

Program Activities

Access to a diverse mentorship committee: Committees typically consist of three faculty members from basic, translational and clinical tracks. Meetings occur starting in PGY 1-2. Mentorship committees will focus on expediting a clear path forward to smoothly transition from clinical training, into the laboratory. Because each PSTP trainee possesses unique backgrounds, interests and skill sets, the committee will work collaboratively to identify niche areas that can be targeted to facilitate a successful transition into a fully-funded faculty position. Regular access to mentorship committee members provides each PSTP trainee with an ideal opportunity to obtain input for fostering scientific collaborations, identifying funding opportunities and offering diverse perspectives to enhance scientific research endeavors.

PSTP curriculum: Meetings for special topics or research in progress for candidates in research years. Specialized topics include pursuit of funding (K and first time R01 workshops), career planning and negotiating job positions, commercializing discoveries, CCTS/Fisher College of Business Innovation Workshop, engaging in development and philanthropic activities, communicating your science to the public, preparing for presentations, mentorship, how to run a lab, etc.).

Obtain mentorship skills: Regular interaction with MSTP program providing mentorship to graduate student trainees to aid in transition to a residency within a PSTP

Career development activities in our Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)

Present your research: Participate in the annual departmental research meeting and others

Application Process

Individuals who hold an MD or PhD degree or an MD degree with significant research experience are eligible for the PSTP Research Pathway. Categorical residents interested in obtaining extended research blocks will be invited to submit an application outlining scope of the research project, timeline and mentorship information. Eligible candidates will be invited for an interview with the department, faculty within subspecialty of interest and the PSTP director. Questions regarding eligibility can be sent directly to Dr. Robert Baiocchi

ERAS and NRMP Information

Please note that we have a separate rank list for our PSTP track. When applying through ERAS, please look for the “Internal Medicine-Research Track” to apply directly to the PSTP track. The code to rank the PSTP track on the NRMP is 1566140C1. Please note that you can use NRMP code 1566140C0 if you want to be considered for the categorical program as well as ranking the PSTP track with its NRMP code.

Faculty and Trainees

We have an established track record of our trainees advancing to tenured track positions in academic medicine programs. Our trainees leave the program funded and join faculty positions. Thus far, most trainees have obtained independent funding and have accepted competitive laboratory packages to begin their careers as a physician scientist.

Our residents share why they chose the Physician Scientist Training Program.

Leadership and PSTP Alumni


Robert Baiocchi, MD, PhD

Assistant Program Director for Research, Director, Physician-Scientist Training Program

MD: The Ohio State University
PhD: State University of New York at Buffalo
Residency: The Ohio State University
Fellowship: The Ohio State University
Division: Hematology

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Lapo Alinari, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine

Clinical interests: Lymphoma
Research: Experimental Therapeutics in Lymphoid Malignancies
MD: University of Florence, Italy
Residency/Fellowship: The Ohio State University

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Nicole Grieselhuber, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

My current research interests include molecular mechanisms of leukemogenesis, pharmacology of targeted inhibitors and the application of genomic technologies to patient care.

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Ann-Kathrin Eisfeld, MD

PSTP Trainee, PGY2

The James Cancer Center, the incredibly enthusiastic and supportive faculty in the Divisions of Hematology and Oncology, and the rich campus diversity, made OSU my top choice among all PSTP training programs.

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Courtney Campbell, MD, PhD

Cardio Oncology Fellow at Washington University

Francesca Cottini, MD

Francesca Cottini, MD

Assistant Professor


Dimitrios Papaioannou, MD

PSTP Trainee


Dionisia Quiroga, DO, PhD

PSTP Trainee, PGY2

I became interested in medicine at a young age through my father, a local OB/GYN. After completing my BS in physiology with a specialization in bioethics, I was accepted into Michigan State University's D.O./Ph.D Physician Scientist Training Program.

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Caner Saygin, MD

PSTP Trainee

Our PSTP Trainees

Our PSTP Trainees

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