Washington University Pediatric Physician-Scientist Training Program

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Washington University School of Medicine
Specialty Pediatrics
Hospital affiliation(s)
St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Academic affiliation
Washington University School of Medicine
Established July 1, 2012
Anthony French, MD, PhD
Co-director email
David Hunstad, MD
Co-director email
Leigh Ann Bryant
Administrator email
Current trainees
Trainees per year
Location St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
Website [1]
Telephone (314) 454-6006

Program Description

The Pediatric Physician-Scientist Training Program at Washington University is dedicated to training young scientists and preparing them for successful careers in academic medicine. The program focuses on the period from the completion of the combined MD/PhD degree through the clinical and post-doctoral research training years, with the goal of achieving full-time academic appointment as an investigator. The PePSTP combines the intensive clinical training environment of St. Louis Children's Hospital with the rigorous scientific training of the world-renowned laboratories at Washington University. Presuming successful progress in Years 1 and 2 within the Categorical Pediatrics Residency Program, trainees will enjoy preferential access into any of the clinical fellowships offered within the Department of Pediatrics. Fellowship research training (beginning in Year 4 if short-tracking, Year 5 if on standard track) can be conducted within any laboratory across the broad biomedical research landscape of Washington University.

Program Information

Program Highlights

  • Length of Program: 6 years (residency + fellowship), whether on Standard Track or ABP Accelerated Research Pathway
  • Number of protected research months: 24-36, depending on track and subspecialty chosen
  • Overall Residency Size: ~100 residents; 34 new interns per year
  • Physician-Scientist Training Program Size: 15 current trainees (3-4 new trainees per year)
  • Separate NRMP Code for Research Pathway: No
  • Research Opportunities: Campus-wide; over 500 wet laboratories at Washington University Medical Center
  • Benefits: All standard residency and fellowship benefits; book/travel money during residency years; $10,000 annual salary supplement during Years 4,5,6
  • Career Development Opportunities: Combined activities with Medicine PSTP on campus; annual symposium; funds for meeting travel


  • Funding success: first "class" of 3 graduates all have K08s. The Department has a track record of training physician-scientists, long before the formal PSTP was established in 2012. The overall K success rate in our Department of Pediatrics is >80%.

Program Tracks

Standard Track: 3 years residency, 3 years fellowship (generally 1 clinical + 2 research, depending on subspecialty)

ABP Accelerated Research Pathway: 2 years residency, 4 years fellowship (generally 1 clinical + 3 research)

Pertinent Fellowships

The PSTP is funded in part by the Mallinckrodt Foundation. The Department of Pediatrics holds 6 T32/K12 training grants. Trainees are also encouraged to apply for subspecialty-specific grants.

Contact Information

Contact Information