PePSTP (MD/PhD)

The Oliver Langenberg Physician-Scientist Training Program at Washington University

Since 2013, the Physician-Scientist Training Programs in Pediatrics and in Internal Medicine have received substantial external support from the Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation.  The foundation has provided a grant in memory of Oliver Langenberg, a St. Louis businessman and philanthropist who led the foundation for 50 years and died in 2012 at the age of 99.

The objectives of the Pediatric Physician-Scientist Training Program (PePSTP) are:

  1. Development of a flexible, individualized training experience combining both clinical and research training.
  2. Enhanced postgraduate residency mentorship to optimize transitions from clinical to scientific training and into the first academic faculty position.

The ultimate goal of the program is to ensure the career development of trainees who are committed to pursue a career in academic medicine.  Trainees in the PePSTP will be encouraged to consider participating in the Accelerated Research Pathway (i.e., fast-tracking) as defined by the American Board of Pediatrics. Successful applicants will generally have both MD and PhD degrees, or be MD's with a Master's degree or other substantial research experience (including publications).

The PePSTP is dedicated to training young scientists and preparing them for successful careers in academic medicine. The program focuses on the period from the completion of the combined MD/PhD degree through the clinical and post-doctoral research training years, with the goal of achieving full-time academic appointment as an investigator. The PePSTP combines the intensive clinical training environment of St. Louis Children's Hospital with the rigorous scientific training of the world-renowned laboratories at Washington University. Presuming successful progress within the Categorical Pediatrics Residency Program, trainees will enjoy preferential access into any of the clinical fellowships offered within the Department of Pediatrics. Fellowship research training (beginning in Year 4 if fast-tracking, Year 5 if on standard track) can be conducted within any laboratory across the broad biomedical research landscape of Washington University.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants include graduates with a combined MD/PhD degree, or an MD degree and a strong record of scientific experience, including publications.  PePSTP trainees must fulfill all eligibility requirements for our Categorical Pediatrics training program.  The most competitive candidates will have a strong commitment to a research career in academic medicine (including subspecialty fellowship training following residency) and an outstanding academic record.

Application Process

All MD/PhD applicants should use ERAS to apply to the standard Categorical Pediatrics Program at SLCH.  For an MD/PhD applicant to be considered for the PePSTP, a recommendation letter from the applicant's PhD mentor or research supervisor must be included within the ERAS application materials.  In addition, the ERAS Personal Statement should encompass the research experience of the applicant and should be specific and detailed regarding future plans for academic career development. 

Interviews for all MD/PhD residency applicants will take place over two-day blocks in October, November, December or January.  MD/PhD applicants will receive an invitation indicating when these may be scheduled. 

Financial Support

PePSTP Trainees are guaranteed funding for both their clinical training years and their years of post-doctoral research.  Senior fellows will be encouraged to seek additional extramural funding (e.g., NIH K awards) to facilitate a subsequent transition to their first academic faculty position. PePSTP Trainees receive additional funds to support their career development that include:

  • Internship (Year 1) - $3,000 for the purchase of computers, software, journals, and library access
  • Years 2 and 3 - $2,000/year for travel to national meeting and purchase of software, journals and library access
  • Years 4, 5, and 6 - $10,000 annual supplement to salary (reflected in the stipends shown below)

Stipends (for the 2017-18 academic year, on Accelerated Research Pathway)

  • Year 1 - Internship $54,846 
  • Year 2 - Resident $57,028 
  • Year 3 - Clinical Fellow $64,000 
  • Year 4 - Research Fellow $75,500 
  • Year 5 - Research Fellow $77,500 
  • Year 6 - Research Fellow $80,500

Program Structure

Clinical Training:

Pediatrics Training: Trainees will complete their internship and residency years within our Categorical Pediatrics Residency Program. Trainees who participate in the American Board of Pediatrics Accelerated Research Pathway (i.e., short-tracking) will begin their subspecialty fellowship training during their third post-graduate year (PGY3) in lieu of their senior resident year in Pediatrics.

Clinical Fellowship Training: Trainees will complete the required clinical subspecialty training as outlined by their ABP subspecialty boards. This typically entails 12 to 18 months total of clinical activities, depending on the specific fellowship chosen.

Research Training:

The selection of an appropriate post-doctoral training environment is critical to the success of the physician-scientist trainee.  To assist this critical selection process, trainees will have the opportunity to attend annual Department of Pediatrics retreats, in addition to those offered by each Department and Research Program with the Graduate Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences.  Trainees can complete their post-doctoral research training in any laboratory at Washington University.  For specific information, see the faculty research listings at http://dbbs.wustl.edu/faculty/Pages/DivisionFaculty.aspx and http://www.medicine.wustl.edu/research.  Also, the Children's Discovery Institute (http://ChildrensDiscovery.org) is a useful resource for residents, fellows and faculty.

Coursework:

Trainees can enroll in or audit courses offered through the Graduate Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences covering every aspect of contemporary biomedical research.  All trainees will enroll in an Ethics in Biomedical Research course required by the National Institutes of Health.  Additional coursework will be coordinated on an individualized basis.

Seminar Series:

PSTP Trainees from both Pediatrics and Medicine will participate in seminar series and retreat activities focused on research in medicine.

  • Annual PSTP Symposium
  • Seminar Series in Molecular Medicine.  This series will be centered on review of recent developments in molecular medicine. In addition, senior trainees will discuss their research at this monthly forum
  • Discussion in Medical Research.  Joint seminar series with the Washington University MD-PhD (MSTP) program in which faculty members discuss their research programs and career paths
  • Annual Department of Pediatrics Research Retreat
  • Annual Fellows' Career Development Retreat

In addition, trainees are welcome to attend the weekly seminar series and special lectures offered by the various basic science programs within the Graduate Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences.

For additional information, please write:

Pediatric Co-Directors:
Anthony French, MD, PhD - french_a@wustl.edu 
David Hunstad, MD - dhunstad@wustl.edu 

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Children's Hospital St. Louis
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