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Supporting clinician-researchers at all stages

Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center are committed to becoming a destination for physician-scientists and clinician-scientists at all career stages by creating a nurturing community and infrastructure that:

  • fosters collaborations across all disciplines;
  • prepares our trainees for sustainable research careers; and
  • forges a sustainable career development pipeline.

Explore more about the programs the College of Medicine offers to clinician-scientists below.


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For students: MD/PhD

Penn State College of Medicine’s MD/PhD Program offers graduate degrees in anthropology; biomedical sciences; bioinformatics and genomics; engineering sciences and mechanics; molecular, cellular and integrative biosciences; and neuroscience.

In the program, students complete their first two years of medical school while taking several graduate courses, then spend time in their chosen laboratory completing their PhD before returning to the last two years of medical school and proceeding to clinical residency.

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For residents and fellows: PSTP

The Penn State Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP) is tailored for residents and fellows at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center who are interested in making research a significant part of their career, and also includes MD students, MD/PhD students, research staff and junior faculty.

The program integrates focused research time, mentoring and regular programs and events to help trainees become part of the broader campus research community.

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For junior faculty: JFDP

The Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) provides a foundation for the success of junior faculty at Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

The program runs from September to May of each year and consists of both a comprehensive curriculum of weekly lessons and an individual project completed under the guidance of a senior faculty member assigned by JFDP leadership.

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For junior faculty: MoRe

The institution’s Mock Review of Grants (MoRe) Program offers support in advance of proposal submission.

The program uses a review process similar to that of an NIH study section, but in which the reviewing team interacts with the applicant to help strengthen the proposal.

The MoRe program is offered in three cycles annually, preceding each NIH grant cycle; investigators preparing non-NIH proposals are welcomed to use the program as well.

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For all practicing clinician-scientists: FaMe

The Clinician-Scientist Faculty Mentoring (FaMe) Program is designed to prepare, mentor and build community among physicians and other clinical health providers working to advance medical knowledge through clinical, translational or basic research.

The two-year program includes weekly protected time for research training, alternating between a lecture one week and scholarly advancement time the following week. Lectures include grant-writing workshops, emerging technology seminars, career development seminars and presentations by trainees.

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