Clinical Scientist Training Program
The Clinical Scientist Training Program (CSTP) 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.
The program is geared toward applicants who are planning an academic career. Preference in the application process is given to those with substantial prior research training, experience and publications.
Residents typically spend two years training in Internal Medicine, one to three years in fellowship training and two to three years in the laboratory or conducting clinical subspecialty research. Trainees become ABIM eligible for the Internal Medicine Boards after their fourth year of training, and are eligible to sit for their subspecialty boards after completing their fellowship (typically their sixth or seventh year of training).
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. Trainees have two elective months during their first year and two to three elective months during their second year of internal medicine residency training.
While most trainees enter the CSTP at the beginning of their residency training and complete training as outlined above, the program allows for substantial flexibility in the curriculum in order to accommodate the interests and capabilities of individual trainees. For instance, the sequence and timing of clinical and research training periods may be varied and divided.
For selected individuals, the UC Department of Internal Medicine may allow CSTP entry after two years of training in other Internal Medicine residencies, such as the categorical pathway. Entry by this route requires superior performance in clinical rotations and approval by the department chair.
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 and has an active basic and translational science research laboratory that focuses on Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid channels in the cardiovascular system. He provides active planning, mentorship and support from residency through fellowship in order to foster clinical and research excellence.
Trainees select mentors from Department of Internal Medicine faculty with active research programs and track records of training experience, productivity and research excellence. 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; Gastroenterology; Hematology Oncology; Pulmonary; Nephrology; Cardiology; and Endocrinology.
We typically select one to two candidates per year. Please click here to see information about our current CSTP participants.