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From the Director
Physician scientists are medical doctors who view patient care as vitally important, but not all we do. We are compelled not only to care for today’s patients, but also to question the fundamental mechanisms of diseases we encounter and pursue research to inform how we can better understand tomorrow's patients.
Physician scientists have been central to many advances credited to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHUSOM) since its inception. Today, JHUSOM is a national leader in physician scientist training – home to a preeminent medical scientist training program (MSTP) for M.D., Ph.D. students. The physician scientist training program (PSTP) was established in 2016 to broaden and strengthen our commitment to develop the next generation of physician scientists.
Goals of the PSTP are to inspire and enable medical students, residents, and clinical fellows to pursue research training in combination with their clinical training, as well as to support junior faculty physician scientists. Many of our activities focus on residency and fellowship years, when would-be physician scientists become immersed in clinical training but also must identify a research direction and mentors who can help them take an idea from a curious question to a sustainable, impactful direction of independent inquiry. We provide venues for trainees to hear about the work of great physician scientists at JHUSOM and to present their own research. For residents and fellows new to the institution, the program will provide an orientation to the stellar basic and translational science ongoing at JHUSOM. We provide travel allowances to attend scientific meetings and microgrants for exploratory research projects. Finally, we host workshops to teach essential skills for success in research, and provide constructive feedback on papers and funding proposals.
At JHUSOM, we have an unsurpassed combination of research and clinical strengths. We have many faculty who themselves exemplify physician scientist careers and are committed to developing the next generation. Enjoy exploring our website. Consider joining our ListServ to learn more about upcoming events, or contact me directly ( email@example.com).
Kathleen H. Burns, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology
AddressPhysician Scientist Training Program
Miller Research Building, Room 447
733 North Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205