Division of Physician-Scientists Programs

Dean’s Scholars Program: The Dean’s Scholars program provides two years of salary support to enable exceptional physician-scientists to generate preliminary data and publications to support their applications for career development awards such as K08s.

CAPSiT series: The Community of Academic Physician-Scientists in Training (CAPSiT) is a series of seminars and workshops to bring together physician-scientist trainees and support their development.

TIPS: The Interesting Patient Study (TIPS) gives clinical trainees the opportunity to study their interesting patients using genomic tools and local expertise.

NIH R38 Programs

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, both of which provide clinical residents in several departments with 1-2 years of dedicated research time during residency training. For more information about either program, visit this page.

Physician Scientist Training Programs at Washington University

Department of Medicine – Oliver Langenberg Physician Scientist Training Pathway

Department of Pathology & Immunology

Department of Pediatrics


Radiation Oncology (website coming soon) In this program, radiation oncology residents participate in the match, complete their short tracked clinical training upfront then transition to a fully funded post doc after residency is complete.  The Department guarantees up to 3 years of post doc time 100% protected for mentored research after residency as needed to complete projects and apply for NIH K funding.  Residents can perform research in any lab at Wash U.

Please contact us if you would like to see your department or division PSTP listed here

Other Research in Residency Programs

Mentors in Medicine: The Mentors in Medicine (MiM) program provides career development and research mentorship for the Internal Medicine Residency housestaff throughout the entire training period.

The Clinician-Scientist Training and Research Program:The Clinician-Scientist Training and Research (C–STAR) Program is a track for Barnes-Jewish Hospital medical residents who wish to pursue a career in academic medicine in clinical or translational research. Working with a mentor, the C-STAR resident takes a course and completes a research project. 

Psychiatry Residency Research Education Program (PRREP): The Psychiatry Residency Research Education Program (PRREP) seeks to provide early training in research to enhance success at subsequent stages of residents’ careers.  PRREP represents formalized research mentorship to those residents who want to explore research.

General surgery research education: The research opportunities during residency training in the Department of Surgery are broad and diverse. Most general surgery residents spend two to three years of dedicated research time during their residency training. 

Anesthesiology WU Scholars Program includes 9 months of protected research time during residency.

Leonard B. Holman Research Pathway in Radiation Oncology allows residents to condense clinical training during residency to increase available protected time for research (18-22 months).  This is a national program run by the American Board of Radiology

Please contact us if you would like to see your department or division research in residency program listed here

Articles and books

Making the Right Moves: This book, co-authored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, is freely available as a PDF and is an excellent resource for those planning to start a research lab.

Other resources and funding opportunities for residents

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ICTS NIH Mock Study Section

Improving K, R, and F series grant submissions since 2014

The ICTS hosts NIH Mock Study Sections, designed to simulate an actual NIH study section, through the Research Development Program twice per year. The purpose of this program is to increase the likelihood of grant funding success by providing comprehensive, study section-like feedback to applicants on their complete grant application prior to grant submission.

Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences

Whether you’re a junior investigator or well established, ICTS membership can make an impact on your research and career. The ICTS facilitates team science by providing access to collaboration opportunities among our members at Washington University and our regional partner institutions.

NIH Grants

A central site for NIH grants

WUSTL Grants Library

A library of successful grant applications from WUSTL investigators

A library of successful grant applications from WUSTL investigators