Physician Scientist Training Program

Penn State College of Medicine is dedicated to developing academic physicians and physician-scientists.

Based on this commitment, we have established the Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP), a new cross-departmental initiative designed to enhance the academic career development of current and future physician-scientists.

The PSTP is a training program tailored for residents and fellows who are interested in making research a significant part of their career.

The goal of the program is to prepare trainees by integrating focused research time, mentoring, and facilitation of meaningful interactions with the broader research community and to help to create a collaborative community of physician-scientists at Penn State College of Medicine.

An important part of nurturing the physician-scientist community is an interactive monthly seminar series, with topics including:

  • How to fund your research
  • Maximizing professional contacts
  • Preparing effective presentations
  • Being a good mentor
  • Negotiating your career
  • Publication ethics
  • Navigating research resources
  • Establishing productive scientific collaborations
  • Integrating basic science into the clinical space

We reach out to physician researchers at various career stages to share their experiences achieving a rigorous and sustainable research career in academic medicine.