- Career mentor
- Clinical rotations
- PSTP monthly scholars lunch
- Scholar Research Day dinner
- Support for books and travel
The standard pediatric residency-fellowship sequence lasts six years. Acceptance into the Pediatric PSTP includes the offer of a guaranteed fellowship position in the PSTP scholar's subspecialty of choice, contingent upon maintenance of satisfactory progress in the residency program. We are committed to working with the prospective resident to develop a schedule that supports their career aspirations, including the possibility of fast-tracking residency training or adding an additional research year at the end of fellowship.
The standard pediatric residency-fellowship sequence lasts six years. Acceptance into the Pediatric PSTP includes the offer of a guaranteed fellowship position in the scholar's subspecialty of choice, if desired. This is contingent upon maintenance of satisfactory progress in the residency program. We are committed to working with prospective residents to develop schedules that support their career aspirations, including the possibility of fast-tracking residency training and/or adding an additional research year at the end of fellowship.
Several training pathways (PDF) are supported by the Lurie Children’s PSTP, with these goals:
We recommend following either of these pathways:
This pathway decreases the length of standard Pediatrics and subspecialty training by one year. After two years of residency, the scholar’s third year is one of clinical subspecialty fellowship training, followed by two years of research training with some continuity of clinical experience. The scholar may choose to pursue a third year of research as a hybrid between fellowship and faculty status, with very minimal clinical responsibilities, during which time additional publications may be developed or a K-award application is written.
In this pathway, the scholar completes three years of residency prior to entering fellowship, but at least half of the third year is spent in research. Although this prolongs the duration of residency/fellowship, it offers the opportunity to enter the laboratory earlier or to rotate through more than one lab if the scholar is undecided about which lab to enter.
Each participant in the PSTP will receive guidance from two members of the faculty. Upon joining the program, scholars are linked with a career mentor who serves as a sounding board for decisions involving program structure, choice of a research mentor and long-term career issues. The research mentor is chosen after the scholar determines the ideal research environment for career development. This can occur at any time during the first several years in the program. Trainees may work with any research program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
During residency and fellowship training, scholars are supported with supplemental funds for books, journals and travel to conferences. Additional support is available for some laboratory expenses.
Applicants should apply to the Categorical Pediatrics Training Program of the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University through ERAS. In addition to their application through ERAS, applicants should submit the Pediatric PSTP Application. If not already included in ERAS, applicants should also submit a letter of recommendation from their principal research mentor and one additional letter from an individual familiar with their research potential.
Whenever possible, potential applicants will be interviewed on dedicated days in conjunction with the medical school-wide PSTP program. On one day, candidates will meet with clinical faculty. On the next, they'll meet with potential mentors and with subspecialty division faculty if they have declared a future subspecialty interest. Acceptance into the program will be via the National Resident Matching Program and will be based on commitment to and potential for a career in academic medicine as a physician-scientist.
As a PSTP scholar, you will be assigned a career mentor at the beginning of your residency. The career mentor and PSTP director will work with you to identify a research mentor as soon as possible.
In collaboration with the residency program director, you'll design a residency and fellowship program track to fulfill your needs.
Scholars are guaranteed positions in the fellowships of their choice, assuming they remain in good standing as a resident and their application is submitted at the same time others in their postgraduate year would be applying for a similar fellowship. You won't be required to make a commitment to remain at Feinberg as a fellow, but you will be held to such a commitment once it is made.
You'll also have the opportunity to accelerate your training by completing residency in two years or to spend concentrated elective time in third residency year working in a lab.
Yearly benefits include:
Fellowship Years (PGY-3 or -4, depending upon track)
Potential Research Year
Current PSTP Scholar, PGY 5
BS: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MD: Northwestern University
Current PSTP Scholar, PGY 5
BS: University of Massachusetts-Amherst
MD: University of Washington, School of Medicine
PhD: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Current PSTP Scholar, PGY 1
BS: Elmhurst College
MD: Loyola University Chicago
PhD: Loyola University Chicago
Current PSTP Scholar, PGY 1BS: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Associate Chief Research Officer, Basic Science
Associate Chair, Faculty Development
Pediatric Residency Program Director
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