UT Southwestern Internal Medicine Physician Scientist Training Program

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The Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) of the UT Southwestern Internal Medicine Residency Program aims to prepare aspiring physician-scientists to be the future leaders of academic medicine and drivers of advances across medical science.

UT Southwestern Internal Medicine PSTP
Specialty Medicine
Hospital affiliation(s)
William Clements University Hospital, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas VA Medical Center
Academic affiliation
University of Texas Southwestern
Director Jay Horton, MD
Director email
Jerra Brandon
Administrator email
Program email
Location Dallas, Texas, United States of America
Telephone 214-648-8827
NRMP Number
2835140C0 (Categorical program)

Program Description

The PSTP at UTSW is designed to prepare motivated physician-scientist trainees for successful, independent scientific careers. The program is designed as a modified version of the categorical internal medicine program to integrate medicine, fellowship, and research training. The program combines the scientific excellence of the UTSW research enterprise with the strength of the UTSW internal medicine residency program, a flagship component of the department founded by the legendary Donald Seldin, MD[1]. Among the most distinguished faculty[2] in the world, UTSW is home to six Nobel Laureates and several dozen members of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine.

Internal medicine training at UTSW is an outstanding preparation for a career in medicine and science. A large and heterogenous patient population provide solid experience in clinical medicine, and program leadership are always seeking ways to innovate the clinical training program. One highlight of the program which current trainees consider a major strength are the hybrid blocks, where a subspecialty of medicine is split into outpatient and inpatient segments for a four week, full-spectrum experience in that specialty.

The PSTP includes a short track internal medicine residency, with two years of internal medicine training followed by fellowship and then 3 years of protected research time. Matched applicants are guaranteed admission to fellowship pending satisfactory clinical performance in internal medicine. The program provides structured mentorship in the form of a physician-scientist mentor assigned at matriculation. Regular meetings with mentors during the intern year is designed to facilitate selection of a research mentor and navigation of the many choices related to a streamlined and shortened training path leading to a research career. Trainees are encouraged to chose a subspecialty during their intern year. While applicants may enter the program already decided, those applicants who are undecided on specialty thus have the option to decide after some time to explore elective blocks as an intern. Trainees who successfully complete the program are highly competitive for $750,000 startup packages offered by the school.

Application Process

Applicants should select the categorical internal medicine program in ERAS (there is no separate NRMP number). One of the requires letters of reference should be from the applicant's research mentor (PhD mentor if a PhD was obtained). Following submission of ERAS, applicants should prepare a statement of interest in the program as well as a note on fields of subspecialty interest and send both of these to the PSTP program director. Selected applicants will be invited to an interview day which will mirror the categorical interview day[3] but which will have additional interviews with subspecialty program faculty and potential research mentors. The interview day will also constitute the interview for fellowship, and acceptance into the program will constitute acceptance into fellowship. There are no specifically designated PSTP interview dates.

Program Information

Program Highlights

  • Length of Program: 6-7 years (short-track), depending on fellowship
  • Number of protected research months: 3 years
  • Overall Size: 60 categorical residents per year + ~2 PSTP residents per year
  • Research Track Size: 14 in research track currently
  • Separate NRMP Code for Research Pathway: No
  • Research Opportunities: Across all departments on campus
  • Benefits: $3000 supplement per year for books, conference travel, and other educational expenses; $10,000 salary supplement per year during the fellowship years for up to four years
  • Career Development Opportunities: Individual physician-scientist mentor assigned to each trainee upon matriculation

Pertinent Fellowships

All fellowships[4] in the department of medicine participate in the PSTP.

Contact Information


  1. UTSW Department of Medicine History
  2. UTSW Distinguished Faculty
  3. Internal Medicine Interview Day
  4. UTSW Internal Medicine Fellowship Programs