Physician Scientist Training Program

The Department of Internal Medicine is highly committed to the development of academic physicians and physician scientists. As an integral component of this commitment, the Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) was created in 2005 with the goal of developing the next generation of University of Michigan academic researchers. 

In 2019 the University of Michigan ranked No. 1 in research volume among the nation's public universities - reporting $1.62 billion in research expenditures. The Department of Internal Medicine competed for and obtained $198 million in research support and published more than 2,200 research publications. 
Thomas Sisson, MD, Director of the U-M Physician Scientist Training Program
Thomas Sisson, MD, Director, Physician Scientist Training Program

Thank you for your interest in the University of Michigan Department of Internal Medicine Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP). We provide our scholars with individualized and comprehensive support and mentorship through every step of their development. They are able to select from a wide variety of research opportunities under the guidance of highly accomplished scientists. Finally, we provide the support necessary for the successful transition of each trainee into an independent research career. In this regard, we make certain that there is support for research training during fellowship, and we also provide incentives that include a minimum of $75,000 of start-up funds and $60,000 in faculty salary bonuses.

Now that our program is over 15 years old, we are excited to report that we have graduated approximately 24 Physician Scientist Program scholars, and of these alumni, 13 individuals have successfully competed for career development awards (i.e. NIH K08 grants or equivalents). In addition, another seven program graduates are in the process of submitting or have submitted career development grants. Of the remaining alumni who decided not to compete for grant support, two-thirds remain in academic positions. Importantly, most of our successful physician scientists remain at the University of Michigan and comprise a rich community that provides peer mentoring to the next cohort of trainees through monthly meetings. 

Ultimately, we are very excited about the momentum of our program, and we look forward to recruiting the next group of trainees to join our family.     

Go Blue!

Thomas Sisson, MD
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Director, Physician Scientist Training Program

Individuals interested in the Physician Scientist Program are encouraged to contact Thomas H. Sisson, MD, Director, Physician Scientist Training Program and Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, for additional information.