Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP)

The University of Virginia Health System and School of Medicine are devoted to the career development of physician-scientists and clinical investigators. The Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) aims to create a community of research-oriented residents, fellows, and faculty and provide career development opportunities for early-career physician-scientists. The PSTP is led by Director Jeffrey Sturek MD PhD, Associate Director Emily McGowan MD PhD, and Executive Committee members Antonio Abbate MD PhD and Julia Scialla MD, MHS.

The UVA PSTP program brings residents and fellows with significant research experience to participate in activities focusing on networking, mentoring, writing, and grantsmanship. Some members of the PSTP may be a part of the ABIM research pathway for residency and fellowship. Learn more about the ABIM pathway here. The PSTP welcomes individuals not on the ABIM pathway who similarly intend to have research as a primary component of their careers.

A Collaborative Environment for Research

The University of Virginia is a premier research institute with innovative and cutting-edge basic, translational, and clinical research across many fields. With over $287 million in total research dollars and $181 million in NIH research awards, the School of Medicine is an internationally recognized innovative and collaborative leader in research shaping clinical treatment and changing patient’s lives. Faculty from all medicine departments and basic science divisions are committed to mentoring residents and fellows and training the next generation of physician-scientists. UVA is dedicated to the continual growth of the research program and has broken ground on the new Paul and Diane Manning Institute of Biotechnology, which will be a large new hub for translational research.

Benefits of the Program

The PSTP trainees will participate in quarterly dinner meetings, which will focus on mentoring, grant writing, networking, and grant applications.

  • Please see the ABIM pathway information for specific information on funding, protected research time, and opportunities explicitly provided for the ABIM pathway trainees.
  • Residents and fellows not in the ABIM pathway will receive yearly funds to attend conferences, conduct research, publish papers, and use supplies.
  • Residents in the PSTP will be afforded flexibility with scheduling research time and the opportunity to have longitudinal research experience scheduled throughout the +1 blocks or several larger discrete research blocks.
  • Physician scientist mentors will be closely involved with the program trainees to help facilitate each trainee’s career needs.
  • Fellows of the PSTP will have access to the multiple NIH-sponsored training grants offered at UVA, including the Immunology T32 Training Grant, The Cardiovascular Research Center T32 Training Grant, and the IGNITE Kidney, Urology, and Hematology Training Grant.



How to Apply

Applicants matching into the ABIM Research Pathway are automatically admitted to the PSTP.

Categorical residents and fellows also have the opportunity to apply to the PSTP once they have been matched to UVA. Applications include a statement of interest and a CV detailing past research experience. Internal applications will be solicited during the summer of each incoming fellowship/residency class.

We welcome your interest in the UVA PSTP

For more information, please contact us:

Jeffrey Sturek, MD PhD, PSTP Director, IM Residency Associate Program Director for Research

Kara Watts, Program Administrator