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Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) at Ohio State

  Robert Baiocchi, MD, PhD
  Assistant Program Director for Research
  Director Physician Scientist Training Program
  Phone: (614)-685-5667
  Email: robert.baiocchi@osumc.edu



The Department of Internal Medicine’s commitment to the career development of young physicians and academic mission to pursue novel disease prevention and treatment strategies has led to the development of the Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) in 2013. This program merges the outstanding clinical training provided by the Department of Internal Medicine with an intensive mentorship program focused on development of essential skill sets for the physician scientist. Trainees have the opportunity to participate in one of eight existing T32 training programs within the medical center, access to a multidisciplinary mentorship team, access to didactics and workshops within the Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTS) and financial support for career development activities. Goals of the PSTP are to provide a combined training experience in Internal medicine and subspecialty of choice with a focus on linking trainees with post graduate research mentors. Emphasis is placed on optimizing career development to transition efficiently into an independently funded faculty position. The overarching goal of the program is to produce outstanding physician scientists who are committed to the pursuit of an independent academic career pathway. 

Lapo Alinari, MD, PhD, is a recent graduate of the PSTP and is on faculty with the Divison of Hematology. His biography can be found here and his faculty page can be found here.

Nicole Grieselhuber, MD, PhD, is a current PSTP trainee and her biography can be read here.

Hui-Zi Chen, MD, PhD, is a current PSTP trainee and her biography can be read here.

Courtney Campbell, MD, PhD, is a current PSTP trainee and her biography can be read here.

Francesca Cottini, MD, is a current PSTP trainee and her biography can be read here.

Ann-Kathrin Eisfeld, MD, is a current PSTP trainee and her biography can be read here.

Dionisia Quiroga, DO, PhD, is a current PSTP trainee and her biography can be read here.

Individuals who hold an MD/PhD degree or an MD degree with significant research experience are eligible for the PSTP Research Pathway.  Categorical residents interested in obtaining extended research blocks will be invited to submit an application outlining scope of the research project, timeline and mentorship information.  Eligible candidates will be invited for an interview with the Department, faculty within subspecialty of interest and the PSTP Director.  Questions regarding eligibility can be sent directly to Dr. Robert Baiocchi (robert.baiocchi@osumc.edu).

ERAS and NRMP Information:
Please note that we have a separate rank list for our PSTP track. When applying through ERAS, please look for the “Internal Medicine-Research Track” to apply directly to the PSTP track. The code to rank the PSTP track on the NRMP is 1566140C1. Please note that you can use NRMP code 1566140C0 if you want to be considered for the categorical program as well as ranking the PSTP track with its NRMP code.

Internal Medicine Training - 24 months
Direct Patient Care - 20 months
Subspecialty Training - 12-24 months (Dependent on subspeciality) 
Research Training (80%) - 36 months
Ambulatory Clinic During Research Training - ½ day per week

For select, qualified candidates, option to join faculty during last year of training (Instructor or Assistant Professor)Targeted ABIM Internal Medicine Board Eligibility: PGY 4
Targeted ABIM Subspecialty Board Eligibility: PGY 5 or 6 (Depending on subspecialty)


  1. PSTP Career Development Supplements are provided during PGY 1-6.
    Year 1 Internship $4,000 support for travel to a national meeting, journals
    Year 2 Junior Residency $4,000 support for travel to a national meeting, journals
    Year 3 Clinical Fellowship $4,000 support for a computer and software, travel to a national meeting, journals
    Year 4-6 Research $15,000 $10,000 to supplement salary; $5,000 to support travel and other expenses

  2. Trainees who have performed exceptionally well (K Award or equivalent and impactful publications), have the option in the last year of program (PGY5 or 6 depending on subspecialty) for negotiating full time faculty position (Instructor vs. Assistant Professor per Division discretion).
  3. Assistance targeting extra/intra mural grants (including NIH loan repayment program).
  4. For categorical candidates who do not participate in the ABIM research pathway, there are opportunities to pursue a protected 3 month research block.


  1. Access to a diverse mentorship committee: Committees will consist of 3 faculty members from basic, translational and clinical tracks. Meetings occur on a quarterly basis starting in PGY1-2. Mentorship committees will focus on expediting a clear path forward to smoothly transition from clinical training, into the laboratory. Because each PSTP trainee possesses unique backgrounds, interests and skill sets, the committee will work collaboratively to identify niche areas that can be targeted to facilitate a successful transition into a fully-funded faculty position. Regular access to mentorship committee members provides each PSTP trainee with an ideal opportunity to obtain input for fostering scientific collaborations, identifying funding opportunities, and offering diverse perspectives to enhance scientific research endeavors.
  2. PSTP Curriculum: Monthly meeting for special topics or research in progress for candidates in research years. Specialized topics include: pursuit of funding (K and first time R01 workshops); career planning/negotiating job positions; commercializing discoveries; CCTS/Fischer College of Business Innovation workshop, engaging in development/philanthropic activities; communicating your science to the public; preparing for presentations; mentorship; how to run a lab etc..).
  3. Invited speakers: PSTP trainees meet individually with each invited speaker.
  4. Obtain mentorship skills: Regular interaction with MSTP program providing mentorship to graduate student trainees to aid in transition to a residency within a PSTP.
  5. Career development activities in our Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS).
  6. Present your research: Participation in the Annual Departmental research meeting and interaction with an invited physician scientist guest speaker.