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Physician Scientist Pathway

Our goal of the Physician Scientist Pathway (PSP) is to recruit, inspire, develop and retain physician scientists who will make the breakthroughs in our future. This pathway formalizes a long tradition of these goals at Johns Hopkins. 

Motivation and Structure

Several reports published during the past 35 years have chronicled the decrease in physician-scientists in the biomedical workforce. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHUSOM) and the Department of Medicine (DOM) have undertaken partnered approaches for developing exceptional scientists by creating a community of support to prepare the next generation of leaders in biomedical research. For more details on the JHSOM Physician Scientist Training Program, click here.

The DOM provides a pathway for physicians within the Osler Medical Residency and the Bayview Internal Medicine Residency to develop robust biomedical research careers geared toward improving human health and has created a vigorous research and educational environment with strong mentorship and support. The Physician Scientist Pathway (PSP) in the DOM is a post-graduate training program intended to produce clinically well-trained scientists with interests ranging from basic to translational and clinical research.

There is currently no separate application through ERAS and eligible participants include MD/PhD or MD with strong interest in both research and clinical excellence who anticipate independent research careers. Dr. Robert Brodsky is the Director of the Physician Scientist Pathway, with Drs. Rachel Damico and Ramana Sidhaye serving as the Associate Pathway Directors.

The pathway consists of two or three years of intensive clinical work and is designed to meet all criteria required by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) for certification eligibility. Participants have the opportunity to enter the ABIM Research Training Research Pathway after two years in the standard program (i.e. subspecialty short track), should they choose. This decision is made in consultation with the Program Director in the middle of the intern year and allows qualified candidates to begin their sub-specialty fellowship training in lieu of their third year of residency. This is not required and categorical (three years) candidates can also participate in the PSP. For more details of the ABIM Research Training Pathway see the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) report on physician scientists

Research Opportunities at JHUSOM and the DOM

The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has long been at the forefront of medical education and the training of physician scientists. Johns Hopkins has continued to lead U.S. universities in research and development spending for almost four decades and is consistently a top institution for NIH awards with greater than $400 million research projects currently funded. Greater than 65 percent of the 2,300 faculty members at the JHUSOM actively participate in research. This affords trainees a wide range of research options in an environment with a strong historical commitment to the physician-scientist model and unparalleled mentorship, depth and breadth of scientific accomplishments and spirit of discovery and innovation.

For information on the Johns Hopkins Medical Scientist Training Program, click here.