Baylor College of Medicine Pediatrician-Scientist Training and Development Program

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Baylor College of Medicine Pediatrician-Scientist Training and Development Program
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Specialty Pediatrics
Hospital affiliation(s)
Texas Children’s Hospital
Academic affiliation
Baylor College of Medicine
Established September 2014
Director Will Parsons, MD, PhD
Director email
Associate director
Audrea Burns, PhD
Associate director email
Patricia Perez
Administrator email
Program email
Current trainees
Trainees per year
Location Houston, TX, United States of America
Website Baylor College of Medicine PSTDP
Telephone 832-822-3816
NRMP Number
1716320C3 (PSTDP)

Program Description

Baylor College of Medicine is proud to offer a new research track for qualified candidates, recently approved by the American Board of Pediatrics.The Pediatrician-ScientistT raining and Development Program (PSTDP) is an ideal career choice for MD or MD/MD-PhD graduates who are considering a career as a principal investigator or a pediatrician-scientist. As a partner with the largest children’s hospital and department of pediatrics in the United States, there is a strong commitment and priority to providing expert clinical training and educational opportunities in the context of formal research progression towards becoming an independent investigator.

PSTDP residents will commit to the American Board of Pediatrics-Integrated Research Pathway (ABP- IRP), which is a three year residency training program and will link to the categorical residency program for fulfillment of ABP requirements. The program is designed to create a clear pipeline from residency to a junior faculty appointment by offering a myriad of educational experiences, research opportunities, and career development. PSTDP residents will participate in the following components to promote the development as a clinician scientist: Formal Mentoring Program, Parallel Education Program, and a Pilot Grants Program. The ABP-IRP track allows pediatric residents the opportunity to complete 12 months of research starting in PL-2 and of the near entirety of PL-3 while also completing 22 months of core clinical pediatric residency. All PSTDP residents will fulfill all pediatric categorical residency program requirement. Upon acceptance into the program, it is required for candidates to commit to this pathway before starting the PSTDP program, as program commitments will begin just prior to the official residency start date. Fulfillment of both categorical and PSTDP program requirements will be closely monitored by the residency program director, associate director, along with PSTDP leadership. A resident individuated advisory committee that will consist of the resident’s education mentor, primary research mentor, PSTDP leadership, and other essential faculty will also regularly meet to support the residents matriculation through the IRP pathway.


  • Engage talented MD or MD/PhD graduates committed to careers in academic medicine and the field of pediatrics
  • Provide extensive road mapping and customized experiences to PSTDP residents to allow for an unprecedented dual training in clinical training and research
  • Create a multi-faceted, long-term mentoring structure to support trainees during transition from residency to fellowship and ultimately junior faculty

Program Information

Program Highlights

  • Length of Program: 3 years
  • Number of protected research months: 11 months
  • Overall Size: Total Students; Students Per Year
  • Research Track Size: Total Students; Students Per Year
  • Separate NRMP Code for Research Pathway: Yes - 1716320C3
  • Research Opportunities: Entire Texas Medical Center, 2450 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77021
  • Benefits (Academic year July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017):
  • Pay Structure: PL-I: $53,330, PL-II: $55,326, PL-III: $56,822, PL-IV: $59,117
  • Medical and dental insurance at no cost for trainee
  • Life insurance (1.5 times annual salary)
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Three weeks paid vacation
  • Holiday time off
  • White Coats Laundered
  • Parking reimbursement via supplemental pay
  • Interns will receive $1,000 book money stipend via supplemental pay
  • Interns are paid for orientation via supplemental pay ($2,000) which includes the cost of your Texas Medical Board training permit and parking during pediatric orientation
  • $1,000 relocation stipend via supplemental pay for interns moving to Houston outside the Houston-Galveston metropolitan area
  • Upper level residents professional meeting stipend up to $2,000 via travel reimbursement or $1,000 book money stipend via supplemental pay
  • Senior residents reimbursed for American Board of Pediatrics registration fee up to $2,265
  • Career Development Opportunities: Types of mentorship, grant writing/funding opportunities, Additional funds for conferences requiring travel, etc


  • Job Placement: (Percent in Academic/Private/Industry/Other)
  • Funding success: (K-awards, R-awards, F-awards, etc)

Program Tracks

The Pediatrician-Scientist Training and Development Program is one residency track within the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics.

Pertinent Fellowships

The PSTDP leadership engages with all of the fellowship directors within the Department of Pediatrics.

Adolescent Medicine & Sports Medicine
, Cardiology, Critical Care Medicine, 
Developmental Pediatrics, 
Diabetes and Endocrinology, 
Emergency Medicine
, Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, 
Hospital Medicine, 
Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology, 
Infectious Diseases, 
Leukocyte Biology, 
, Neurology and Developmental Neuroscience
, Psychology
, Pulmonology
, Renal, 
Retrovirology and Tropical Medicine.


Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative,  
Blue Bird Circle Rett Center, 
Children's Nutrition Research Center, 
Clinical Research Center, 
Congenital CMV Disease Research Clinic & Registry, Emergency Medical Services for Children, 
Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute
, John Welsh Cardiovascular Diagnostic Laboratory, 
Texas Children's Asthma Center, Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers, Texas Children's Cystic Fibrosis Care Center, Texas Children's Genetics Clinic, Texas Children's Health Center for International Adoption, Texas Children's Hearing Center, 
Texas Children's Sleep Center and Texas Children's Travel Medicine Clinic.

Contact Information