About the Pathway

The UI Carver College of Medicine's Physician Scientist Training Pathway (PSTP) is designed to streamline the postgraduate training and to foster the early career development of physician-scientists who will be future leaders in academic medicine.  The PSTP integrates residency training, clinical fellowship, and basic or clinical postdoctoral research training, thus facilitating the transition period between completion of the MD degree and first faculty position.  Iowa’s PSTP is unique in the breadth of clinical programs and research opportunities.  We accept trainees in eight departments and support research training with numerous T-32 training grants.  Key features of this pathway include:

  • Career mentorship
  • Individualized training for physician-scientists in accredited residency and fellowship programs of the Carver College of Medicine
  • Option of research pathways of residency and subspecialty fellowship training in accordance with established criteria for board eligibility if desired by the applicant
  • Flexibility in clinical rotations and research training
  • Wide-range of training opportunities in basic or clinical research
  • Supplemental stipend for salary and academic allowance

View a listing of participating departments 

Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program residents also participate as members of the PSTP Program.

Other Carver College of Medicine departments may also choose to participate.

Iowa's PSTP Offers Trainees Rigor and Specialization

Read about PSTP's purpose, its successes at Iowa, and what's next for the program from Internal Medicine At Iowa's August 2, 2018 article in Making The Rounds.

Financial Support

An academic allowance is provided each year to PSTP trainees. This may be used to cover academic expenses such as books, memberships to professional organizations, research supplies, or travel. Supplementary salary and benefits also may be provided during the research training years.