Physician Scientist Training Program
The Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) at the University of Cincinnati is an innovative, American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)-approved, research-based residency program for training high quality physician scientists. The goal of the program is to train ABIM-eligible internists and subspecialists who are able to initiate and sustain independently funded research programs while remaining clinically active.
Residents typically spend two years training in Internal Medicine, one to two years in fellowship training and three years in the laboratory or conducting clinical subspecialty research (80% research and 20% clinical). To ensure adequate internal medicine residency training time, we enrich the internal medicine rotations for more rigorous, direct patient care months at the expense of elective rotations, as mandated by the ABIM. This is accomplished while maintaining flexibility during their internal medicine training to ensure that their clinical and research skills progress according to each individual’s needs.
The program is geared toward applicants who are planning an academic career. While prior scholarship is desired, we also recognize that the path towards an academic career is not always straight forward. Once in training, the PSTP allows for ample flexibility that allows us to tailor the educational, research and clinical experiences in order to ensure each individual’s academic success.
Trainees select mentors from Department of Internal Medicine faculty with active research programs and track records of training experience, productivity and research excellence. This research time is not only fully supported at the Department level, we have also added financial support to ensure that our fellows have ample protection and support during the research portion of their training regardless of the laboratory that they have selected. Interviews for this program include tailored visits with potential mentors and subspecialty programs geared toward the interests of the trainee.
We have qualified and enthusiastic mentors available in Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology; Infectious Diseases; Hematology Oncology; Pulmonary; Nephrology; Cardiology; and Endocrinology.
Although we require no formal coursework, trainees may choose from an extensive menu of departmental courses and seminars targeted to physicians interested in research careers as well as graduate courses offered through the University of Cincinnati.
The Director of the program is Jack Rubinstein, MD, FACC. Dr. Rubinstein is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases as well as Director of the Clinical Research Unit at the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati. He has an NIH/AHA funded laboratory that focuses on translational cardiovascular science research. He provides active planning, mentorship and support from residency through fellowship in order to foster clinical and research excellence.
We typically select one to two candidates per year. Please click here to see information about our current PSTP participants.