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) has been developed to attract, retain, and develop Pediatric Residents who are committed to a research career.  The PPSTP provides the opportunity to have dedicated research time during residency for participation in research projects mentored by faculty at the University of Michigan and supports the extension of their training into Fellowship Programs run by the Department. 

Applicants with advanced degrees such as 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. 

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Program Tracks

  • Pediatric Scientist Pathway -  3y residency with 3 block months and a longitudinal experience over the HO2-HO3 years.  Research months would replace clinical electives. There is no formal integration with a fellowship program in this track. Current residents on Research Area of Concentration may join this track. ABP approval is not required for this track.
  •  Integrated Research Pathway (IRP) - 3y Residency with 2 clinical years and 1 research year (11 months). Research months would replace clinical electives. IRP participants must receive American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) approval prior to 9 months into HO1 year. There is no formal integration with a fellowship program in this track.
  •  Accelerated Research Pathway (ARP) - 2y Residency and 4y Fellowship with extra research year during fellowship. ABP approval must be obtained prior to 9 months into HO1 year.  This is closely coordinated with Division and Fellowship Directors and the match is still required for fellowship.
  • Medical Genetics Residency Program participants

Program Benefits (Residency)

  • PPSTP fellows are assigned a faculty mentor aligned with their research and/or clinical aspirations in the HO1 year. The PPSTP faculty mentor may not necessarily be the research project mentor but will help with career guidance. Mentors from faculty outside the Department are welcome.
  • PPSTP fellow 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.Access to core facilities and equipment in the Department of Pediatrics
  • Significant financial support is available for research endeavors based on each individual's needs and goals.
  • Assistance in the Transition to Fellowship/Faculty Programs

Program Benefits (Fellowship/Medical Residency Research Year)

PPSTP residents who continue on to subspecialty training at one of our fellowship programs on in the Medical Genetics Residency Program are eligible for:

  • Research support of up to $15,000/year during the research phase of their training
  • Guaranteed salary support up to the level set by the House Office Association during research years.

Applying to the Program

Eligible candidates for the PPSTP are those who have completed their medical school and are committed to a career path that incorporates significant time dedicated to research. 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 at the University of Michigan.  

  • 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.  
  • Acceptances into the PPSTP will be sent out in December, 2016. 
  • 2nd look visits and informational interviews paid for by the Department will be extended to select accepted PPSTP applicants in Jan-Feb 2017.   

Additional Information

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.  

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