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The Department of Internal Medicine at the Ohio State University welcomes candidates with serious interest in a career as a physician-scientist to apply to the Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) of the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Ohio State University Physician Scientist Training Program
Specialty Internal Medicine
Hospital affiliation(s)
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Academic affiliation
Ohio State University
Established 2013
Director Robert Baiocchi, MD, PhD
Director email
Location Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
Website PSTP Website
NRMP Number
1566140C1 (PSTP)

Program Description

The Department of Medicine is committed to the development of future physician-scientists and demonstrated that commitment in founding the PSTP in 2013. The program combines the strength of the Internal Medicine Residency Program with the full breadth and depth of research being conducted across the Ohio State University campus.

The Internal Medicine Residency Program has a strong history of exceptional education. The program was one of 17 original programs participating in the Educational Innovation Project of the ACGME and has never ceased innovating and advancing medical education. The clinical training environment at OSU-Wexner Medical Center is outstanding, including The James, the third-largest cancer hospital in the country and an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The research enterprise at OSU is ideal for launching a research career. Eight T32 programs at the medical center are available to trainees while in the research and fellowship phase, and seven health sciences colleges are located on the OSU campus. A number of biomedical institutes and corporations, including the world's largest nonprofit research and development organization, Battelle, call Columbus home, as do several organizations focused on investment in and development of commercial applications of biomedical research.

The PSTP incorporates a number of formal and informal mechanisms to help promote trainee career development and growth and is tailored to the career aspirations and plans of each trainee. Trainees receive guidance from a formal mentorship committee which meets regularly to evaluate progress and help each trainee reach their own career goals. A formal PSTP curriculum consisting of workshops and events designed to cover key topics for physician-scientist trainees, such as grant writing and how to run a lab, helps prepare trainees for independent careers and the challenges therein. Career development activities sponsored by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science[1] are also available to PSTP participants. Trainees build valuable mentorship skills and help "give back" to the next generation through regular interaction with students in the Medical Scientist Training Program.

The program seeks applications from candidates with demonstrated commitment to a research career. Successful applicants will have an additional research degree (e.g. PhD) or have demonstrated significant research experience. Questions regarding eligibility may be sent to the PSTP Director, Dr. Baiocchi.

Application Process

Interested applicants should select the PSTP NRMP number within ERAS. No supplemental application is required. Candidates will be invited to interview for the PSTP after review of applications. The interview is held over two days and will be customized to the applicant, with meetings scheduled with potential research mentors as well as subspecialty program leadership. While there are specific dates on which the PSTP will hold interviews, there is flexibility if candidates are unable to attend on those days.

Program Information

Program Highlights

  • Length of Program: 6-7 years, depending on subspecialty fellowship
  • Number of protected research months: Three years of protected time. For non-short track residents, an additional 3 months of protected time is available during the internal medicine residency
  • Overall Size: 26 categorical, 4 primary care per year
  • Research Track Size: Unknown
  • Separate NRMP Code for Research Pathway: Yes, 1566140C1
  • Research Opportunities: Across the OSU campus, not limited to the department or division the trainee is associated with
  • Benefits: $4000 supplement in PGY1-3 for travel, journals, or computer purchases. $15000 supplement during the research years, $10000 to supplement salary and $5000 to support travel and other career expenses. Categorical candidates who do not short track may take advantage of a protected 3 month research block. Formal mentorship committee for each trainee. Formal curriculum includes monthly meetings on topics pertinent to physician-scientists (e.g. first time R01 workshop, job negotiation, business innovation, communicating science to the public). Regular interaction with MSTP students.
  • Career Development Opportunities: Trainees who perform exceptionally well (e.g. K award receipt) will have the option to join the faculty on a full-time basis in the final year of the program. Assistance with grant preparation and targeting, including NIH Loan Repayment.

Pertinent Fellowships

All fellowships in the Department of Internal Medicine participate in the PSTP.

Contact Information


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  1. https://ccts.osu.edu/