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.
|Internal medicine 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).
SupplementsPSTP Career Development Supplements are provided during PGY 1-6:
||Internship||$4,000||support for travel to a national meeting, journals|
||Junior Residency||$4,000||support for travel to a national meeting, journals|
||Clinical Fellowship||$4,000||support for a computer and software, travel to a national meeting, journals|
|Years Four - Six||Research
||$15,000||$10,000 to supplement salary; $5,000 to support travel and other expenses|
- Trainees who have performed exceptionally well (K award or equivalent and impactful publications), have the option in the last year of program (PGY5 or 6 depending on subspecialty) for negotiating full-time faculty position (instructor vs. assistant professor per division's discretion).
- Assistance targeting extra/intra mural grants (including NIH loan repayment program)
- For categorical candidates who do not participate in the ABIM research pathway, there are opportunities to pursue an extended research block
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
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 Robert.Baiocchi@osumc.edu.
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 TraineesWe 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, all 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.
Our PSTP Trainees
Courtney Campbell, MD, PhD
I knew I wanted to pursue a physician-scientist career in Cardiology. I looked for physician scientist training programs that supported the internal medicine to cardiology ABIM pathway. I wanted to train in an outstanding research program in cardiac arrhythmias in addition to a high-volume, clinically excellent internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship.