Vanderbilt Physician-Scientist Training Program

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Vanderbilt Physician-Scientist Training Program
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Specialty Medicine
Hospital affiliation(s)
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Academic affiliation
Vanderbilt University
Established 1999
Director Christopher Williams, MD, PhD
Karie Ballard
Administrator email
Current trainees
Trainees per year
Location Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America
Language English
Website Vanderbilt PSTP
Telephone (615) 322-3384
NRMP Number

Program Description


Vanderbilt University has a rich history of supporting physician-scientist training. Established in 1999, the Physician-Scientist Training Program is dedicated to training the next generation of physician-scientists and has matriculated 67 trainees since its establishment. PSTP trainees undertake two years of Internal Medicine clinical training typically followed by Subspecialty clinicalliniall training prior to entering the 3 year basic or clinical research phase. Vanderbilt PSTP trainees have a luding greater than 70% success in obtaining NIH Loan Repayment Awards and a strong record of fellowship and training grant support.

Residents in the Vanderbilt PSTP become members of the Tinsley Randolph Harrison Society, a scientific organization "dedicated to the preservation of science in clinical medicine and to the scientific literacy of physicians who use this knowledge at the bedside."[1] The Harrison Society is the entry point in the Vanderbilt Physicain Scientist Career Development Pipeline (Harrison->Newman->Neilson) that provides extensivextesnive mentoring and support for Physician Sscientist from residency through late junior faculty stages.

The society provides a rich peer-to-peer networking environment fostered by monthly Harrison Society Seminars, panel discussions, and Visiting Professorships. The 15 year history of the Society allows for extensive vertical mentoring which occurs thanks to enthusiastic alumni participation in Society functions.

Program Information

Program Highlights

  • Length of Program: Varies depending on subspecialty choice, but all include 2 oyears f medicine residency and 3 years of basic or clinical research
  • Size: 31
  • Average Number Recruited Per Year: 4-5
  • Program Environment: University-based
  • Participates in ERAS
  • Benefits: $9000 academic enhancement allowance during clinical years for books, equipment professionaI society memberships, and conference travel; salary supplement during research phase (including additional funds if a fellowship or other training grant is obtained); PSTP seminar series; Visiting Professorships; Grant Studios; Fellowship Grant Bank; Leadership Development; Internal Funding Opportunities (VICTR); Pursuit of advanced degree integrated into fellowship (MS, MSCI, MPH, PhD).
  • Resdency/Fellowship Benefits: Subsidized health, dental, and life insurance; retirement account with matching; three weeks of vacation; on-call meal allowance; additional maternity and paternity leave; free parking

Contact Information

Christopher Williams, MD, PhD Program Director
Karie Ballard Program Coordinator
  • Program Director: Christopher Williams, MD, PhD
  • Program Coordinator: Karie Ballard
  • Program Email:
  • Program Website: Vanderbilt PSTP
  • Telephone: (615) 936-3940
  • Address: Physician-Scientist Training Program, Department of Medicine, 1065 MRB-IV, Vanderbilt University, 21st and Garland Avenues, Nashville, TN 37232-0275


  1. Department of Medicine Physician-Scientist Training Program