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Physician/Scientist Track

The Physician/Scientist Track is designed for outstanding medical school graduates who have previous substantial research experience and who are fairly certain that they will embark on a career with a major laboratory or clinical investigative component. The program provides clinical, laboratory training, and career development and targets M.D./Ph.D. graduates or equally trained individuals.

It was developed to produce physician-scientists who will be:

  • Eligible for certification by the American Board of Pediatrics and subspecialty boards
  • Independent investigators competitive for funding
  • Able to apply the advances in basic biomedical research to pediatric disease and child health

The Golisano Children's Hospital's Pediatric Physician/Scientist Track encompasses two pathways for training future pediatric physician-scientists that meet requirements of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). These pathways are the Pediatric Research Pathway (PRP) and the Special Alternative Pathway (SAP), and are described in detail at the American Board of Pediatrics website.

The PRP integrates research experiences during general pediatric research training. A resident must enter the PRP at the PL-1 level with approval from the ABP based on an application that details the individual's qualifications and projected training. This application will be submitted by the pediatric residency training program director after interviewing the applicant. The PRP trainee must complete a program comprised of 22 months of core pediatric residency training, research training, and subspecialty clinical training.

The SAP allows highly qualified individuals to enter subspecialty training after two years of general pediatric research training after individual review by the ABP.

Applicants for either pathway will need to be accepted into both the pediatrics program and a fellowship program, and thus, will need to interview with the subspecialty fellowship director to apply for this track (see SCH fellowship descriptions).

If you have any questions concerning this program, please contact:

Dr. George Schwartz
Strong Children's Research Center
Golisano Children's Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 777
Rochester, NY 14642
Phone: (585) 275-9784