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Department Funding/Areas of Research

Get information regarding on-going research within the EM department.

PSTP participants may also seek mentorship from outside the department in basic science, translational science, clinical science, or health services research. We have a robust, collaborative relationship with our graduate campus, which physically adjoins our hospital grounds.

Please reach out to us if you're interested in our EM PSTP pathway, and we can help connect you with possible mentors.

Schedule at a Glance


  • Select a research project mentor
  • Focus primarily on clinical duties
  • Complete Step 3


  • 2 research elective months
  • Draft specific aims
  • Present research proposal (15-20 minute presentation)
  • Submit two-page formal, written, proposal


  • 2 research elective months
  • Collect preliminary data, refine specific aims
  • Present preliminary data to department and/or national or regional conference
  • Residency graduation

PGY-4 - Start of the Associate Scholar Program (1-2 years)

  • Continue data collection, refine specific aims
  • Present research at national conference
  • Eight person-months allotted for additional research time (75% protected)
  • Work in ED as staff physician 50 hours per month
  • Write and submit Career Development Award

PGY5 (optional) and beyond

  • Resubmit grant if necessary
  • Eight person-months annually allotted for additional research time
  • All PSTP residents will be offered post-residency training or research opportunities through Associate Scholar Program, regardless of grant status
  • If resident desires fellowship clinical training, research will be integrated into any EM-sponsored programs. Additional opportunities may be offered in other specialties but is not guaranteed.

Program Resources

EM PSTP residents will have access to the following resources and/or benefits:

  • Four months of dedicated research time during PGY1-PGY3 years
  • A PSTP mentor whose experience aligns with research interests 
  • Monthly PSTP enrichment activities with PSTP residents from all participating departments throughout the university
  • Annual academic allowance of $4,000 in addition to travel funds provided to EM residents. This may be used for academic expenses such as books, professional memberships, research supplies, or travel.
  • Guaranteed acceptance to the Department of Emergency Medicine Associate Scholar Program or clinical fellowship in the department of EM upon successful graduation
  • Guaranteed time to present research and participate in PSTP activities