Washington University Oliver Langenberg Physician–Scientist Training Program

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Washington University Oliver Langenberg Physician–Scientist Training Program
Specialty Medicine
Hospital affiliation(s)
Barnes-Jewish Hospitals and St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Academic affiliation
Washington University
Established 1998
Stuart Kornfeld, M.D.
Co-director email
Deborah Lenschow M.D., Ph.D.
Co-director email
Beth McClendon
Administrator email
Current trainees
Trainees per year
Location St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
Website pathways.html Research Pathway
Telephone 314-362-8809
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Program Description

The Oliver Langenberg Physician Scientist Training Pathway in the Department of Medicine is intended to train physicians for careers in academic medicine.

The key objectives for the pathway are:

  • To develop a flexible program of combined clinical and research training which addresses each trainee's particular needs.
  • To link trainees during residency with a postgraduate research mentor to facilitate the transition from clinical to basic science training. The program's affiliation with the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences at Washington University provides depth and breadth of potential research interests. 

Participants in the program may avail themselves of the Clinician-Investigator Pathway (i.e. short-tracking) as defined by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Applicants who are eligible include trainees with both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees, M.D.'s with a Master's degree and/or other substantial research experience will also be considered.

The Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) in the Department of Internal Medicine is committed to training physician scientists and preparing them for successful careers in academic medicine. The program focuses on the period from the completion of the combined M.D., Ph.D. degree through the clinical and post-doctoral research training years, culminating in a full-time academic appointment. The PSTP combines the intensive clinical training environment of Barnes-Jewish Hospital at the Washington University Medical Center with the rigorous scientific training of the world-renowned laboratories at Washington University. Trainees will obtain their internal medicine training in the Categorical Internal Medicine training Program and then have the opportunity to continue their sub-specialty clinical training amongst any of the ten clinical divisions within the Department of Internal Medicine. Each trainee is guaranteed acceptance into any fellowship program of their choice. Post- doctoral research training can be conducted in any laboratory within Washington University.

For the Academic Dermatology applicant training consists of completion of a PGY1 year in the Washington University Preliminary Internal Medicine program followed by three years of dermatology residency. The 3rd year of dermatology may be set up as a 75% research and 25% clinical format in preparation for post-doctoral research training in any laboratory within Washington University.

Program Information, Financial Support & Highlights

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  • Length of Program:  6-7 years
  • Participates in ERAS
  • Access to top notch medical and laboratory facilities

Program Structure:

Clinical Training:

Internal Medicine Training: Trainees will complete their internship and junior resident years within the Categorical Internal Medicine Training Program. Trainees are highly encouraged to participate in the American Board of Internal Medicine Clinical Investigator Track (i.e., short-track) and begin their sub specialty fellowship training during their third post-graduate year (PGY3) in lieu of their senior resident year in Internal Medicine. Trainees pursuing a career in academic dermatology will complete their PGY1 year within the Internal Medicine Training Program before embarking their clinical training in dermatology.
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Clinical Fellowship Training:

Trainees will complete the required clinical sub-specialty training as outlined by their sub-specialty colleges. This typically entails one year of clinical fellowship.  Each trainee is guaranteed acceptance into any fellowship program of their choice. 

Research Training:

The selection of an appropriate post-doctoral training environment is critical to the success of the trainee. To assist this critical selection process, trainees will have the opportunity to attend annual retreats offered by each Department and Research Programs within the Graduate Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences. Trainees can complete their post-doctoral research training in any laboratory at Washington University (http://dbbs.wustl.edu).


Trainees can enroll in or audit courses offered through the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences covering every aspect of contemporary biomedical research. All trainees will enroll in an Ethics in Biomedical Research course required by the National Institutes of Health. Additional coursework will be coordinated on an individual basis.

Seminar Series:

Trainees will participate in three seminar series focused on research in medicine.

  • Seminar Series in Molecular Medicine. This series will be centered on reviews of recent developments in molecular medicine. In addition, senior trainees will discuss their research at this monthly forum.
  • Discussion in Medical Research. Conjoint seminar series with the MD-PhD (MSTP) program in which faculty members at Washington University discuss their research programs and career paths.
  • Annual PSTP Symposium. Senior trainees will present their work at the annual PSTP Symposium.

In addition, trainees are invited to attend the weekly Seminar Series offered by the various Programs within the Graduate Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences.

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Trainees are guaranteed funding for their clinical years and three years of post-doctoral research. Senior trainees are encouraged to obtain additional funding to facilitate their subsequent transition to their first academic position. Trainees will receive additional funds to assist their career development that include:

  • Year 1 (Internship) - $3,000 for the purchase of a computer, software, journals, and library access.
  • Years 2 and 3 (Junior resident & clinical fellowship) - $2,000/year for travel to national meeting or purchase of software, journals and library access.
  • Years 4, 5 and 6 (Laboratory years) - $16,000/year supplement to salary.
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Fourty-four trainees have completed the program.  Of these, 36 have assumed positions in academic or research institutions, 2 are in the pharmaceutical industry, and 6 are in private practice.


  • Washington University: 26
    • Instructor: 5
    • Assistant Professor: 16
    • Associate Professor: 5

  • Other Institutions: 18
    • Academic: 10
      • Univ. of Iowa - Associate Professor
      • Univ. of Florida - Assistant Professor
      • Univ. of Colorado - Assistant Professor
      • Duke University - Assistant Professor
      • Ohio State University - Assistant Professor
      • Univ. of Florida, Gainsville - Assistant Professor
      • Harvard University - Assistant Professor
      • Univ. of Chicago - Assistant Professor
      • Univ. of Texas-SW - Assistant Professor
      • Director & Associate Professor, Sanford Burnham Prebys Med Discovery Institute
    • Non-Academic: 8
      • Pharmaceutical Industry: 2
        • Sr. Medical Dir, Eli Lilly
        • Executive Medical Director, Global Head of Pharmacology, EMD Serono
      • Private Practice: 6

Grant Statistics of PSTP Alumni at Washington University

Current and Past Grants: Wash U Grant Stats:

  • NIH: 53
    • K08: 10
    • K99/R00: 1
    • R01: 14
    • R21: 4
    • Other (P30, P50, P60, U54, U01,etc): 24
  • Other Grants: 75

Non-Wash U Grant Stats:

  • NIH: 21
    • K08: 7
    • K99/R00: 0
    • R01: 3
    • R21: 0
    • Other (P30, P50, P60, U54, U01,etc.): 11
  • Other Grants: 23
  • PSTP Alumni have secured Grant Funding from the following Agencies:
    • Burroughs Wellcome Career Award (4)
    • HHMI Early Scientist Career Award
    • American College of Rheumatology (2)
    • American Heart Assoc. Fellow to Faculty Award (3)
    • American Skin Association
    • Susan G. Komen
    • March of Dimes
    • Lymphoma Research Foundation (2)
    • Pardee Research Foundation
    • HRSA (2)
    • ASH Scholar Award (3)
    • Cancer Frontier (2)
    • V Foundation for Cancer Research (2)
    • AGA Fellow Award (2)
    • CDC (3)
    • Amercian Thrombosis & Hemostasis Network (2)
    • Novocure
    • Children's Discovery Institute (5)
    • Lupus Research Institute
    • Hemophilia Alliance Foundation
    • Saracoma Alliance
    • Diabetes Action Foundation
    • Pew Scholar Research
    • Siteman Cancer Center (4)
    • Mallinckrodt Foundation (2)
    • Department of Defense (2)
    • The ClayCo Foundation
    • Rheumatology Research Foundation
    • Mid-America Transplant Foundation
    • Sidney Kimmel Foundation
    • Robert Woods Johnson Foundation
    • Longer Life Foundation
    • Global Probiotics Council
    • Rheumatology Research Foundation (2)
    • Midwest Strategic Pharma-Academic Research Consortium
    • Gabrielle's Angel Foundation
    • Affimed
    • Ena & Michael Feinberg Fund
    • Leukemia Lymphoma Society
    • Florida Breast Cancer Foundation
    • UF Gatorade

Contact Information

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