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Physician-Scientist Training Pathway (PSTP)


The Physician-Scientist Training Pathway (PSTP) at UMass Chan Medical School integrates residency training, clinical fellowships, and basic and clinical postdoctoral training to facilitate the transition period between MD/PhD or MD degrees and first faculty position.

The PSTP offers exceptional training opportunities to highly qualified candidates who intend on pursuing careers as physician-scientists. Key elements of the training include individualized clinical training, flexibility in clinical rotation and research training, research and career mentorship and participation in the UMass Chan K writing club (outlined further below).

Trainees in the PSTP have the unique opportunity to work with accomplished clinician-researchers at UMass Chan who are leaders and well-respected in their fields. They may choose from the following available sub-specialties in Internal Medicine: Infectious Disease and Immunology, Cardiology, Rheumatology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Hematology-Oncology, and Endocrinology.

 Key elements include:

  • Integrated clinical and research training in internal medicine and fellowships - Trainees will work will their mentor/advisor, under the guidelines of the ABIM Research Training Pathway, to establish an individualized clinical training and fellowship program plan, specifically tailored to their clinical and academic goals, and research interests.
  • Flexibility in clinical rotation and research training - Each trainee will have a flexible clinical rotation schedule allowing for protected time, dedicated to their research training.
  • Career mentorship - Each trainee will be matched with a career mentor who will be selected according to their chosen sub-specialty.
  • Participation in K writing club - Trainees will participate in the Research Career & Writing Group “K-Club” which meets periodically to provide information and feedback on academic career development and preparing a Research Career Award application.


The overarching goal of the Physician-Scientist Training Program at UMass Chan Medical School is to offer a formal pathway that supports the development of trainees who endeavor to be independent physician-scientists. Toward that end, trainees will submit individual grant applications during their research training period as a critical component of the Pathway.

 Eligibility and Application Process


  1. Candidates must be trainees with MD/PhD or MD degrees combined with substantial research experience
  2. Candidates must be dedicated to the pursuit of a career as a physician-scientist in one of the available sub-specialties (Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Infectious Disease and Immunology, Nephrology, and Rheumatology)
  3. At least one year experience in basic, translational and clinical research. Applicants with an MD/PhD degree are particularly encouraged to utilize this training pathway.

 Application Process

All applicants interested in applying to the PSTP should send the following information to Dr. Richard Forster,

  1.  Current CV
  2.  Cover letter that includes
    1. AAMC applicant number,
    2. description of why this program would be appropriate for you,
    3. your long-term career goals, and
    4. subspecialty interest for fellowship training.

 Contact information

If you have questions about the PSTP and/or application process and requirements, please contact:

 Richard Forster, MD