Physician Scientist Goals and Objectives

Goals and Objectives for the Physician Scientist Track

Since 2011, we have offered a physician-scientist residency training track.  This is a training opportunity available to any resident who desires exceptional training in clinical dermatology and research to prepare residents for a successful career in investigative dermatology. Interested residents select the physician scientist training track the latter part of the first year of dermatology residency training.

Our department is known for its focus on mentorship and career development of our trainees. Penn State is among the leading academic centers because 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, 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