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Thomas Starzl Academy at the Feinberg School of Medicine offers young trainees access to the resources, financial support and critical mentorship they need to succeed in biomedical research careers. Our academy aims to work across disciplines to train physician-scientists who are equipped with the skills necessary to bring cutting-edge scientific advances and technologies to the increasingly complex care of today’s patients.

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Physician-Scientist Training Programs (PSTPs)

Feinberg School of Medicine's PSTPs are designed to support and facilitate the transition from residency training to a productive career in clinical research. We offer specialty physician-scientist training in emergency medicine, medicine, neurology, pathology, pediatrics, psychiatry, radiation oncology, radiology, surgery and urology.

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Research Resources

We foster the career aspirations of aspiring physician-scientists by offering them strong training programs and access to mentors, space, equipment and datasets that will help them explore important research questions. Browse our collection of resources to learn about the many ways we can support your research goals.
Arif Jivan, MD, PhD, Cardiovascular Disease Fellow

I like the idea of developing new knowledge and providing new data to my field of interest to advance clinical care.”

Arif Jivan, MD, PhD, Cardiovascular Disease Fellow

Take a self-assessment
Richard Matulewicz, MD, MS

I was surprised by how easy it was to engage very prominent researchers and mentors.”

Richard Matulewicz, MD, MS, Urology Resident

Consult a Mentor
Josh Waitzman, MD, PhD, Internal Medicine Resident

The tools of science and research really help improve my practice in medicine.”

Josh Waitzman, MD, PhD, Internal Medicine Resident

Learn the Fundamentals
Panagiotis Flevaris, MD, PhD, Cardiology Fellow

I was encouraged to apply for post-doctoral funding and was honored to receive an F32 for two years. ”

Panagiotis Flevaris, MD, PhD, Cardiology Fellow

Find Funding
Ijeoma Okeigwe, MD, MPH, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Fellow

I draw from patient experiences to figure out what important research questions I should be asking.”

Ijeoma Okeigwe, MD, MPH, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Fellow

Pose a Hypothesis
Ravi Rajaram, MD, MSc, General Surgery Resident

They gave me every resource I could need, from funds for traveling to statistical software support.”

Ravi Rajaram, MD, MSc, General Surgery Resident

Conduct Your Study
Matt Feinstein, MD, Cardiovascular Disease Fellow

I was able to get pilot data without much difficulty that ended up providing the basis for a five-year grant for my career development.”

Matt Feinstein, MD, Cardiovascular Disease Fellow

Plan a Career in Research

Trainee Stories

Meet Our Trainees

Every aspiring physician-scientist's path is unique, but they all have one thing in common: They want to impact human health beyond individual patient care. Learn how these young physicians are working to do just that.

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