Physician Scientist Goals and Objectives

Goals and Objectives for the Physician Scientist Track

The goal of the physician scientist resident track is to provide exceptional training in clinical dermatology and research to prepare residents for a successful career in investigative dermatology. Any resident may select to join the physician scientist track within the first year of dermatology residency training.

Our department is known for its focus on mentorship and career development of our trainees. In June 2011, Penn State joined the ranks of leading academic centers in receipt of its multimillion dollar Clinical and Translational Sciences Award to fund Penn State's Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Dr. Thiboutot, in our department of dermatology is the Director of Clinical and Translational Research Education and Training for the CTSI and in this role, she is poised to assist our residents on the physician scientist track with mentorship and guidance in selection of research mentors.

Trainees will:

  • Follow same goals and objectives for first & second year residency as outlined
  • Explore potential opportunities and mentors during their weekly professional day given to all residents
  • Identify a research mentor in the College of Medicine or at our University Park campus by the 6th month of dermatology residency with the intent of drafting an application for an NIH F32 postdoctoral training award
  • Follow goals & objectives of the residency program for the first 3 months of the third year. Resident will then begin investigative studies for the remaining 9 months
  • Have limited clinical responsibilities during their 3rd year
  • Attendance in clinic
  • Consults
  • Continuity clinic
  • Become an Instructor during their 4th (PGY5) year

Learn more on how to apply for the

physician scientist resident track.