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Physician Scientist Pathway in the Osler Medical Residency

The Physician Scientist Pathway (PSP) is part of the Pathways Program that is shared between the Osler Medical Residency and the Bayview Internal Medicine Residency. The following information is specific to the PSP within the Osler Medical Residency. For general information on the PSP, please visit the PSP website.

Pathway Structure

The Osler PSP is a post-graduate training program intended to produce clinically well-trained physician scientists with interests ranging from basic to translational and clinical research. Pathway participants match into the Osler program as PSP members, through a PSP-specific application process. As PSP members, they have the opportunity to enter the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Research Pathway (a.k.a. short tracking or fast tracking) after two years in the standard program, should they choose. Members of the PSP receive longitudinal mentorship and linkage to research mentors from PSP leadership, and participate in an annual two-week PSP elective (example schedule below).

The pathway consists of two or three years of intensive clinical work in Osler Medical Residency, and is designed to meet all criteria required by the ABIM for certification eligibility.

This decision to fast track is made in conjunction with the program directors 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.

Regardless of the path chosen, the rigors of the Osler Medical Residency ensure our trainees are extremely well prepared for clinical practice in medical subspecialty fellowships and as future leaders in biomedical sciences.

Below is an example of a fast tracking PSP resident schedule (for non-fast tracking PSP residents, the schedule will be the same as non-PSP residents).

Year 1: Develop superior clinical skill

ServiceBlocks (2 weeks) Call CyclePatientsRoleInpatient/Outpatient
Osler7-8Q4 callGIMPrimary ProviderInpatient
Brancati1Days/NightsGIMPrimary ProviderInpatient
Medical Progressive Care Unit1-2-GIMPrimary ProviderInpatient
Emergency Department1-EDPrimary ProviderInpatient
MICU2Q4 callIntensive CarePrimary ProviderInpatient
CCU1Q3 callIntensive CarePrimary ProviderInpatient
Oncology1-2-BMT/Solids/LeuksPrimary ProviderInpatient
Ambulatory6-7-Continuity/Rheum/EndoPrimary ProviderOutpatient
Vacation2-2 two-weeks + 7d winter--

Year 2: Explore subspecialty medicine, investigation, and clinical leadership

ServiceBlocks (2 weeks)Call CyclePatientsRoleInpatient/Outpatient
Osler2-GIMSupervising Resident/Primary ProviderInpatient
Carol Johns1-PulmonaryPrimary ProviderInpatient
Brancati1-GIMSupervising Resident/Primary ProviderInpatient
Medical Progressive Care Unit1-GIMSupervising Resident/Primary ProviderInpatient
MEG1-HepatologyPrimary ProviderInpatient
MICU/CCU4Q3 or Q4 callCritical CareSupervising Resident/Primary ProviderInpatient
PCCU1Q4 callGeneral Cardiology and Heart FailurePrimary ProviderInpatient
Polk1-Infectious DiseasesSupervising Resident/Primary ProviderInpatient
Oncology1Q4 callBMT/Solids/LeuksSupervising Resident/Primary ProviderInpatient
Jeopardy1----
Ambulatory6-7--Primary ProviderOutpatient
Elective2----
Vacation2-2 two-weeks + 7d winter--

2021-2022 Academic Year PSP 2-week Elective Schedule

TimeTopic
Day 1 
10-11 a.m.Talk/networking with physician scientist faculty
11-11:40 a.m.Talk/networking with physician scientist faculty
12-1 p.m.Talk/networking with physician scientist faculty
1-5 p.m.Independent research time
Day 2 
10-11 a.m.Talk/networking with physician scientist faculty
11-11:40 a.m.Talk/networking with physician scientist faculty
12-1 p.m.Near Peer Networking Session
1-5 p.m.Independent research time
Day 3 
10-11 a.m.Talk/networking with physician scientist faculty
11 a.m.-12 p.m.Talk/networking with physician scientist faculty
1-5 p.m.Independent research time
Day 4 
10-11 a.m.Talk/networking with physician scientist faculty
11-11:40 a.m.Talk/networking with physician scientist faculty
12-1 p.m.Talk/networking with physician scientist faculty
1-5 p.m.Independent research time
Day 5 
10-11 a.m.Talk/networking with physician scientist faculty
11-11:40 a.m.Talk/networking with physician scientist faculty
12-1 p.m.Group meeting with PSP graduate/Molina Scholar
1-5 p.m.Independent research time
Day 6 
10-11 a.m.Talk/networking with physician scientist faculty
11 a.m.-12 p.m.Talk/networking with physician scientist faculty
1-5 p.m.Independent research time
Day 7 
10-11 a.m.Talk/networking with physician scientist faculty
11 a.m.-12 p.m.Talk/networking with physician scientist faculty
12-1 p.m.Talk/networking with physician scientist faculty
1-2 p.m.Group meeting with PSP graduate/Molina Scholar
2-5 p.m.Independent research time
Day 8 
10-11 a.m.Talk/networking with physician scientist faculty
11-11:40 a.m.Talk/networking with physician scientist faculty
12-1 p.m.Group meeting with PSP graduate/Molina Scholar
1-5 p.m.Independent research time
Day 9 
10-11 a.m.Talk/networking with physician scientist faculty
11-11:40 a.m.Talk/networking with physician scientist faculty
12-1 p.m.Group meeting with PSP graduate/Molina Scholar
1-3 p.m.Independent research time
3-5 p.m.Happy Hour
Day 10 
10-11 a.m.Talk/networking with physician scientist faculty
11 a.m.-12 p.m.Talk/networking with physician scientist faculty
1-5 p.m.Independent research time
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