Acceptance of applications: SOM Physician Scientist Training Program

The School of Medicine invites the third round of applications for the Physician Scientist Training Program at the Resident/Fellow and Early Career Faculty level. Applications are due March 11, 2022.


The School of Medicine invites the third round of applications for the Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) – a training initiative to support the career development of trainees in medical science as they approach their transition into medical positions. professor.

This program, supported by the SOM strategic plan, supports medical scientists at two stages: at the resident/fellow level and at the early career faculty level. The program partners with interns’ home departments and provides funding to support interns’ research efforts (Resident/Fellow Fellowship – $35,000/year and Faculty Fellowship – $55,000/year salary support + $25,000/year project support). Additionally, trainees enter a career development training program with peer-level physician scientists in multiple clinical disciplines. Each awarded intern will receive two years of program support.

The program seeks the nomination of eligible applicants from UNC clinical departments for awards with support beginning for the 2022-2023 academic year (July 1, 2022). Each department may nominate up to two candidates for each award.

Eligibility criteria:

For all SOM PSTP trainee candidates:
• Interns must have an MD or equivalent degree and be licensed or qualified to become licensed to practice medicine in the state of NC
• Interns must have commitment from the candidate’s department to provide at least 50% protected time for research and funding difference between SOM PSTP funds and actual stipend/salary.
• Interns must have a scientific mentor and a project plan in place.

For SOM PSTP Resident/Fellow scholarship applicants:
• Applicants for a Resident/Scholarship may be clinical trainees (GME residents, or GME or non-GME clinical trainees with a specialty training program that allows for protected research time during the fellowship period) or postdoctoral fellows/ clinical instructors (with a clinical degree and completion of a clinical training program in an American Board of Medical Specialties discipline) at the time of application.
For SOM PSTP Faculty Award applicants:
• Applicants for the faculty award must be currently at UNC or committed to beginning at UNC as an assistant professor at the start of the funding term.
• Applicants for the Faculty Award will have held a faculty position (Clinical Instructor or Assistant Professor) for less than two years, although exceptions for physician applicants with longer tenure on the faculty may be considered by the examination committee.
• If the faculty award nominee holds an instructor position at the time of application, the head of the home department must commit to opening an adjunct faculty position focused on a research area specific to the trainee’s interests by the end of its support period.
UNC SOM PSTP is committed to supporting diversity within the physician scientist workforce, including support for women and members of historically underrepresented groups within the physician scientist community. Departments are encouraged to nominate candidates from these groups for consideration.

Individuals interested in applying for this award should consult with their department’s chair or vice chair for research for their department’s specific procedure for determining its nominees.

Questions about the eligibility of potential applicants can be directed to Alex Duncan, SOM Physician Scientist Training Program Director.

Application details (due March 11, 2022):

Completed applications should contain the following (AC) and should be emailed by the applicant’s department head or designate to Trisha Dant and copied to Alex Duncan, SOM Physician Scientist Training Program Director.

A) Proposal (Resident/Scholar applications should not exceed 3 pages, Faculty applications should not exceed 4 pages – not including references):
1) Specific objectives – (1 page maximum) describing the project conceptually
2) Context and significance – covering literature in the field and preliminary data (if the applicant has preliminary data, the proposal should indicate in the text or figure legends if the data was generated by others in the laboratory mentor or candidate-generated data) that supports the approach.
3) Approach – covering the details of the research plan
4) Training Plan – (1/2 page maximum) – describe what training has been completed and what is the candidate’s current status (GME trainee, postdoc/instructor, assistant professor), what remaining clinical and/or scientific training will be undertaken during the fellowship and any additional training the candidate will seek after participating in the Physician Scientist Training Program.
B) NIH-style biosketch
C) Letters of support
1) Letter from the candidate’s mentor who will oversee research training during the Physician Scientist training program.
2) Letter from candidate’s President – indicating support for 50% of protected time and payment of difference between PFSP funds and full stipend/salary, description of President’s commitment to candidate as a prospective faculty member of the department, declaration of any other departmental resources committed to the applicant (start-up funds, lab space, support for intern working under the applicant via departmental T32, etc.)
3) Letter of support from a previous mentor or other scientist familiar with the nominee’s accomplishments and promise as a future independent researcher.

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