University of Minnesota PSTP

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University of Minnesota Physician-Scientist Training Program
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Specialty Medicine
Hospital affiliation(s)
University of Minnesota Medical Center, Regions Hospital & Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Academic affiliation
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Established 2002
Director Clifford J. Steer
Director email
Associate director
Erik J. Peterson
Associate director email
Sarah Johnson Sexton
Administrator email
Current trainees
Trainees per year
Location Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America
Website UofMN PSTP
Telephone 612-626-9691

Program Description

Among a handful of comprehensive universities in the nation where nationally ranked programs in the life and health sciences are housed on a single campus, the Twin Cities campus offers dynamic programs in the basic sciences, clinical sciences, biomedical engineering, public health and health care policy that attract a diverse group of top students from around the world. For applicants committed to rigorous research training in clinical and basic investigation, the Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP) combines residency and fellowship training. Designed to meet all American Board of Internal Medicine Research Pathway requirements for board certification, the Physician-Scientist Training Program offers the option of two years of clinical training (short track) as an Internal Medicine resident, followed by in-depth training in research or combined research and clinical training in the subspecialty fellowship of your choice.

The program offers two tracks, either of which can be taken as an ABIM short-track research pathway. The Internal Medicine Research Program combines Internal Medicine training with three years of research training, leading to Internal Medicine certification. The Subspecialty Research Program combines Internal Medicine training, subspecialty training, and three years of research training, leading to Internal Medicine certification and subspecialty certification. The length of the Subspecialty Program varies by the subspecialty of interest.

Application Process

Applicants should select the PSTP in ERAS. This selection includes simultaneous application to the PSTP and the categorical program. All applicants invited to interview will be sent a supplemental application to obtain subspecialty and scientific interests. The program has dedicated interview dates for the PSTP, and the PSTP interview will take place over two days. The interview day comprises the subspecialty interview (for those applicants pursuing subspecialty training) as well as the categorical medicine interview. Applicants will have the opportunity to meet potential scientific mentors as well as subspecialty program leadership during the interview.

Program Information

Program Highlights

  • Length of Program: 5 to 8 years depending on whether or not a subspecialty is chosen and whether the trainee chooses to short track
    • Internal Medicine Program: 24 or 36 months residency
    • Subspecialty Program: 24 or 36 months residency; 12-24 months fellowship training
    • Protected research months for either program: 36 months
  • Overall Size: 30 categorical residents, ~11 med-peds residents, and approximately 3 PSTP trainees per year; total research track size is approximately 10-12 across all years, but varies
  • Separate NRMP Code for Research Pathway: No. Apply to the Internal Medicine Residency "Categorical" program via ERAS, check the PSTP box.
  • Research Opportunities: Campus Wide
  • Benefits: Annual education supplement of $2000 for meeting attendance; personalized mentorship program; career development curriculum (e.g. grant-writing)

Program Tracks

Internal Medicine program or Subspecialty program in one of the following Divisions:

  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism
  • Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
  • General Internal Medicine
  • Hematology, Oncology & Transplantation
  • Infectious Diseases & International Medicine
  • Pulmonary/Critical Care
  • Renal Diseases & Hypertension
  • Rheumatic & Autoimmune Diseases

Contact Information