The Division of Physician Scientists provides programs to address training gaps for residents, fellows, and junior faculty pursuing a research career.

These programs target different career stages, from early clinical training to faculty appointment, in order to address known points of attrition in the physician-scientist pipeline.

Dr. Yokoyama with residents

Community of Academic Physician-Scientists in Training (CAPSiT)

CAPSiT aims to bring together physician-scientist trainees across the School of Medicine and support their career development through seminars, workshops, and networking and mentorship activities. CAPSiT events are open to all and are relevant to many career stages, from medical students to faculty.

Dr Atkinson instructs students Sagar Mehta and Lyndsey Cole. Patient at Clinic on Manchester  Latasha Brown

The Interesting Patient Study (TIPS)

Many successful physician-scientists can recall a patient they saw during their clinical training who sparked their interest in investigation. TIPS allows residents and fellows to further investigate their interesting patients in collaboration with a mentor.

Dr. Brogan and others with patient

Dean’s Scholars

The Dean’s Scholars program supports exceptional MD-only physician-scientist trainees in their final years of mentored training before launching their independent research program.

Research in Residency Programs (NIH R38)

The purpose of the NIH R38 StARR (Stimulating Access to Research in Residency) is to recruit and retain outstanding residents who have demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as clinician-investigators.

Washington University is currently home to two NIH R38 awards – one for Oncology related research and one for Infectious Diseases/Immunology work. Both programs provide clinical residents in several departments with 1-2 years of dedicated research time during residency training.