Pediatric Physician-Scientist Training Program (PPSTP)


The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan is strongly committed to the development of the next generation of academic pediatric physician scientists. The University of Michigan Pediatric Physician Scientist Training Program (PPSTP) aims to attract, retain, and develop Pediatric Residents who are committed to a research career. The PPSTP provides dedicated research time during residency for participation in projects mentored by University of Michigan faculty and supports the extension of their training into Fellowship Programs run by the Department if desired.

Applicants with advanced degrees such as a M.P.H. or Ph.D are encouraged to apply, but an advanced degree is not required for the PPSTP. The Department supports science broadly and has established this program to support the career development of residents interested in health services, clinical, translational and basic science research. The PPSTP is endorsed and supported by the Chair, all Division Directors and all Fellowship Directors in the Department.

Program Tracks

  • Pediatric Scientist Pathway: Three-year residency with a longitudinal experience over the second and third years with three research months replacing clinical electives. There is no formal integration with a fellowship program in this track. Current residents on a Research Area of Concentration may join this track. American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) approval is not required for this track.
  • Integrated Research Pathway (IRP): Three-year residency with two clinical years and one research year (11 months) with research months replacing clinical electives. IRP participants must receive American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) approval prior to 9 months into a resident’s first year of residency. There is no formal integration with a fellowship program in this track.
  • Accelerated Research Pathway (ARP): Two-year residency and four year fellowship with extra research year during fellowship. ABP approval must be obtained prior to 9 months into a resident’s first year of residency. This is closely coordinated with Division and Fellowship Directors and the match is still required for fellowship.

Program Details & Benefits

  • PPSTP fellows are assigned a faculty mentor aligned with their research and/or clinical aspirations in the first year. The faculty mentor may assist with career guidance outside of project mentorship and may be from outside the Department of Pediatrics.
  • PPSTP fellows participate in specific conferences on career development.
  • Financial support is available for research associated activities up to $5,000 per year based on each individual's needs and goals.
  • Residents have access to core research facilities and equipment in the Department of Pediatrics.
  • PPSTP residents who continue on to subspecialty training at one of our fellowship programs or in the Medical Genetics Residency Program are eligible for research support of up to $15,000 per year during the research phase of their training and guaranteed salary support up to the level set by the House Office Association during research years.
  • Assistance in the transition to fellowship/faculty programs
    • Postdoctoral Research Training Program
    • K12 Program (CHRC)
    • Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics T32
    • Pediatric Endocrinology T32 on Developmental Origins of Disease
    • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology T32 

Applying to the Program

Applicants should have significant prior research experience that may include an additional advanced degree (such as Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.) but an advanced degree beyond an M.D. is not required. Applicants will be drawn from those who are applying to or are currently enrolled in the Categorical Pediatric Residency Program or Medical Genetics Residency Program.

  • Applications to these Residency Programs should be submitted through ERAS.
  • If selected to interview and a brief supplemental application for the PPSTP will be requested for those interested in the program.  
  • Supplemental PPSTP interviews will be scheduled during the residency program interviews based on the applicant’s research and fellowship interest.

Questions about the PPSTP or inquiries about eligibility should be sent by email to Carey Lumeng M.D. Ph.D., Acting PPSTP Director or to Heather Burrows M.D. Ph.D. Residency Program Director.