The University of Pittsburgh Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) was established in 2007 to develop leaders in academic medicine. We are interested in fostering an environment where our students learn the skills necessary to become future pioneers in research—taking ownership of their projects and seeking external sources of funding to help facilitate the development of their ideas.

PSTP enriches the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine curriculum with an additional year of basic or translational research training. Upon graduating, PSTP students will have acquired the knowledge, skills, and experience to begin careers in some of the most exciting areas of academic medicine.

In addition to efficiency, the close integration of clinical and basic science training better reflects the future careers of academic physicians. By paralleling other specialty training programs, interested students have the capability of efficiently transferring into other well-established Pittsburgh training programs (e.g., the Medical Scientist Training Program).


  • Dedicate time in medical school exclusively to conducting research.
  • Receive an individualized mentoring plan designed to meet your needs.
  • Tailor the program to satisfy your unique research interests.
  • Participate in an enrichment curriculum designed to equip you with the skills to successfully transition to research-oriented residencies, fellowships, and faculty positions.
  • Receive financial assistance (partial tuition coverage, guaranteed funding for research rotations, and travel costs for conferences).


The PSTP curriculum is designed to integrate exposure to research with the high-quality clinical training available at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. You'll begin training to become a physician-scientist immediately upon matriculating. 

Areas of Research

As a PSTP student, you will find a wide array of scientific areas in which you might receive training. 


Interdisciplinary endeavors within the University of Pittsburgh have given rise to world-class facilities where PSTP students can pursue their research interests.


Student and faculty mentorship is an essential part of the PSTP experience.

Commitment to Diversity

The PSTP is strongly committed to the foundational values of diversity and inclusion. Our community is enriched by the presence of those individuals who are culturally or intellectually diverse.


The PSTP leadership team will guide you through your research experience with support and dedication to academic medicine.