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About the Program
The Physician Scientist Pathway (PSP) activities are thoughtfully designed to nurture the thrill of discovery. We will facilitate links with physician scientists and mentors within the Hopkins-scientific community from the beginning of training. This is supplemented by both formal and informal interactions with members of the PSP council, composed of renowned physician scientist within the Johns Hopkins biomedical research community. Additional programs include topics on how to give a talk, paper and grant writing, mentor-mentee relationships, conducting job searches and academic promotions. Trainees are encouraged to present research findings at international meetings and will present their work at a department wide scientific meeting and symposium. PSP trainees are also encouraged to take the following courses:
We recognize the challenges of nurturing a scientific pursuit during clinical training. One specific challenge is funding. We have two sources of funding to support our trainees. The Osler Fund for Scholarship provides every house officer with educational funds. These are typically used to attend national conference, purchase statistical support or lab materials, or for educational content. We have also just launched our Molina Scholars Fund. This fund was started with a large gift from Dr. Mario Molina to support the PSP. It is used to bring in national luminaries for receptions and talks with our PSP participants. It will also be used to support individual Molina Scholars selected from our PSP who choose to continue their training at Hopkins after residency.
Trainees will be connected with fellowships as early as possible in the PSP. This may lead to opportunities to secure fellowship training before the formal NRMP process. The earliest would be during internship, particularly for those pursuing the ABIM research track. The PSP leaders will facilitate these connections with mentors and fellowship programs.
Residents in the physician-scientist track meet every other month for a Journal Club focused on basic/translational contributions to clinical care in a variety of fields.