University of Cincinnati Internal Medicine Physician Scientist Training Program

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The Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of Cincinnati is an innovative, American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)-approved, research-based residency program for training high quality physician-scientists.

University of Cincinnati
Specialty Medicine
Hospital affiliation(s)
University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Cincinnati VA Medical Center
Academic affiliation
University of Cincinnati
Director Jack Rubinstein, MD FACC
Director email
Liz Bauke
Administrator email
Location Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
Website PSTP Website
Telephone 513-558-2590
NRMP Number
1548140C1 (PSTP)

Program Description

The Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of Cincinnati is designed to prepare aspiring physician-scientists for independent scientific careers. While targeted toward candidates who have demonstrated commitment to a research career through prior scholarship, the program is flexible and can be tailored to each applicant, including those who may have discovered passion for the physician-scientist career later in medical training.

The Internal Medicine Residency Program is nationally recognized for its educational excellence and was one of a select few programs to participate in the ACGME Educational Innovations Project (EJP). Initiatives and programs[1] arising from educational research efforts at the University of Cincinnati include the award-winning Ambulatory Long Block, a comprehensive evaluation system to help residents meet critical career milestones, and Project RENEW, focused on interdisciplinary, patient-centered bedside rounds. The program is an ideal environment for training in Internal Medicine.

The PSTP is focused on the short track, with two years of internal medicine training followed by subspecialty fellowship training. However, there is flexibility if trainees wish to undertake more clinical training beyond the short track. Following fellowship training, trainees undertake three years of 80/20 research/clinical time. The program guarantees funding even if the subspecialty of interest does not have a training grant to support fellows.

Collaboration across the university is possible, and mentors need not be in the subspecialty division of the trainee. Mentors are available in many subspecialties, and trainees frequently collaborate with researchers in other departments, including the Children's Hospital. No specific formal coursework is required, but trainees may take advantage of the courses and seminars offered in any of the departments and divisions of the University. The program has five trainees active in the program and anticipates accepting 1-2 per year.

Application Process

Prospective candidates should select the PSTP NRMP number in ERAS. In addition, candidates should email a one-page letter which includes areas of possible subspecialty interests to the program director, Dr. Jack Rubinstein, following submission of ERAS. The program has designated interview dates for PSTP applicants which may be found on the Application FAQs page. The interview day will include the categorical medicine interview as well as visits with potential mentors and subspecialty program leadership. The PSTP interview will also constitute the interview for fellowship.

International graduates are welcome to apply, but the program is only able to interview the most exceptional graduates of non-US medical schools due to the extremely competitive nature of the training program. For those international graduates accepted,the program does offer J1 and H-1B visas.

Program Information

Program Highlights

  • Length of Program: 6-7 years depending on the subspecialty fellowship if short tracking
  • Number of protected research months: At least 3 years of 80/20% protected time
  • Overall Size: 25 categorical, 7 med-peds, and 1-2 PSTP residents per year, along with 4-6 preliminary interns
  • Research Track Size: 1-2 per year anticipated
  • Separate NRMP Code for Research Pathway: Yes, 1548140C1
  • Research Opportunities: Campus-wide
  • Benefits: Training plan customized to meet each applicant's needs, guaranteed funding in the research years regardless of the laboratory selected
  • Career Development Opportunities: Types of mentorship, grant writing/funding opportunities, Additional funds for conferences requiring travel, etc

Pertinent Fellowships

Subspecialty fellowships participating in the PSTP are: Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology; Infectious Diseases; Gastroenterology; Hematology Oncology; Pulmonary; Nephrology; Cardiology; and Endocrinology.

Contact Information

  • Program Director: Jack Rubinstein, MD FACC,
  • Program Administrator: Liz Bauke,
  • Program Website: PSTP Website
  • Telephone: 513-558-2590
  • Address: 231 Albert Sabin Way, Medical Sciences Building Room 6065, PO Box 670557, Cincinnati, OH 45267-0557


  1. Educational Innovations Project at the University of Cincinnati