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University of Michigan Pathology

Physician Scientist Training Pathway


Overview

The Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan is deeply committed to training the next generation of leaders in Academic Pathology by fostering the career development of physician scientists in Clinical and Anatomic Pathology. The Physician Scientist Training Pathway (PSTP) provides rigorous clinical training and mentorship in biomedical research in a supportive environment with the objective of helping trainees establish successful careers as independent, funded investigators and outstanding pathologists. This track is in accordance with the American Board of Pathology’s (ABP) recent inclusion of the Physician-Scientist Research Pathway. Trainees will have the opportunity to complete all the requirements of the ABP with certification in Anatomic, Clinical or Anatomic/Clinical Pathology. Upon completion of clinical training, PSTP trainees will enter a postdoctoral research fellowship with two-year guaranteed financial support, working with a mentor in the Department of Pathology or other approved department at the University of Michigan. The Department of Pathology is strongly positioned to offer this training pathway due to its excellent track record in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency training, its broad array of ACGME-accredited and subspecialty clinical fellowship programs, and it's large, highly successful funded research faculty with diverse research interests.

 

Program Structure

Trainees in the PSTP will complete all requirements for American Board of Pathology certification in AP, CP, or AP/CP as members of the University of Michigan Department of Pathology Residency Program.  Early in the clinical training period, each resident in the PSTP track will have the opportunity to work with an individual mentor to assist him/her in identifying a suitable laboratory and mentor for their research fellowship. The research mentor may be a faculty member in the Department of Pathology or, with approval, another department at the University of Michigan. It is expected that trainees will use six months of research elective that can be credited toward ABP eligibility to work with the research mentor and transition into the laboratory for further training. After completing ABP certification eligibility, trainees will be expected to pursue a postdoctoral research fellowship that can be funded by a T32 grant mechanism, if available. Salary will be adjusted to the same level as residents at the equivalent PGY level. If no T32 opportunities exist, the department will support a trainee’s research experience for up to two years of postdoctoral training. Trainees will be mentored to write for career development awards including NIH (K series) and foundation transition grant awards. Clinical fellowship training can be incorporated into a trainee’s program, either prior to, during, or subsequent to the postdoctoral research fellowship, depending on the trainee’s individual career goals and the clinical fellowship desired.

 

Application Process

Qualified applicants will be sought among the applications to the residency program through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Candidates may also inquire directly by contacting the program at the same time they submit the ERAS application. A committee of physician-scientists including the Director of Experimental Pathology will review application materials to identify those individuals who will be invited to interview for the PSTP. To best plan the interview experience, those invited to interview will be asked to provide a brief statement describing their research experience. The interview will be conducted over two days: the first day with applicants for the residency program and the second day with appropriate research faculty. Candidates will be ranked through the National Resident Matching Program.