Opportunity Details

Internal Medicine

IM - Hematology Division

Commensurate w/Experience

Co-Director of the Physician Scientist Training Program

The Department of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis has initiated a search for a Co-Director of the Oliver Langenberg Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP). The purpose of the PSTP is to facilitate training for research-oriented careers in academic medicine, especially for graduates of MD/PhD programs. The Co-Director must have a MD degree with experience in mentoring students and post-doctorate fellows for independent research careers. The specific duties of the Co-Director are listed in the attachment. The deadline for applying is July 13, 2018.

The Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) was initiated in 2000 to provide mentorship for graduates of MD-PhD programs or MDs with significant research experience, who are headed toward academic careers as physician-scientists in the Department of Medicine. Currently there are 33 trainees at various stages of the 6/7-year program. The details of how the program operates may be found on the Washington University Oliver Langenberg Physician-Scientist Training Program website located at http://meded.dom.wustl.edu/pstpprogram.html.


Interested individuals should apply to:

Stuart Kornfeld, MD
David C. and Betty Farrell Professor of Medicine
Division of Hematology
Department of Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine
Campus Box 8125
660 South Euclid Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63110

I. Recruitment

Review 100-120 applications for the Internal Medicine (IM) program and 15-20 for the Dermatology program.
Select 36 IM candidates from outside institutions to invite to one of 3-4 interview sessions. Internal Washington University (WU) candidates attend the sessions as well. There is a 4th and separate session for Dermatology candidates (3-5 individuals are typically invited for each interview session).
Conduct initial interview sessions each year in November and early December beginning with a Thursday afternoon session describing the program and the outcomes to date to the candidates.
Arrange for 2 speakers for each interview session (30 minutes each) to give presentations at the Thursday afternoon introductory meeting. Speakers are selected from Medicine faculty to highlight the research ongoing in the Department. The Chairman of the Department of Medicine also attends when available.
Arrange for 3-5 current members of the PSTP to mix with candidates at the end of the Thursday afternoon session, and 3-5 other members to have lunch with candidates on Friday. Consideration of field of interest and school of origin is made when matching current PSTPs with candidates.
Interview one-half of the candidates individually for 20-30 minutes each during the 3 initial interview days and the 1 Dermatology interview day. Prepare a short summary of each candidate. Evaluate and prioritize candidates.
Arrange for 3 additional faculty interviews (chosen from any department) for each candidate during their initial interview.
Co-Directors meet after the third recruitment session to select candidates to invite for return visits at the expense of the PSTP. Typically 25-30 candidates are invited for a return visit, and 15-20 will accept, for the two return sessions held in late January/early February. Arrange for each candidate to meet with 4-5 faculty members of their choice during return visits, held on Thursday-Friday. Co-Directors meet briefly with each candidate during return visits. Arrange a dinner in the King Center on the WU campus on Thursday evening of revisits, inviting Division Chiefs and other faculty to match the interests of the candidates.
Co-Directors meet after return visits to select candidates to be offered positions in the program (usually 18-24 in IM and 2-3 in Dermatology). Provide list to the Division Chief of the Division of Medical Education for approval of IM candidates, and the Division Chief of the Division of Dermatology for approval of Dermatology candidates.
Send acceptance letters and await Match Day.

II. Mentorship of PSTP Members

With Co-Director, meet twice per year with each member of the PSTP to discuss the member’s progress and plans for the next phase of training. Sessions are 20-25 minutes.
Be available to meet with members at other times as situations arise.
Write letters of recommendation for grant/job applications.

III. Spring Talks

In conjunction with Co-Directors of the Department of Pediatrics PSTP (Peds PSTP), arrange faculty talks for 3 sessions in the spring. These talks are on Wednesdays from 4-5 pm, followed by dinner for attendees.

IV. Symposium

In conjunction with Peds PSTP Co-Directors, select an outstanding physician-scientist from an outside institution to speak at Grand Rounds (Medicine or Pediatrics) and present a research talk prior to the trainee symposium.
Select PSTP members in their research years to present short talks at the symposium.
The PSTP symposium dinner is held on a Wednesday evening with PSTP members and guests invited, along with the visiting professor, after dinner speaker, the Chairman of the Department of Medicine, the Division Chief of the Division of Medical Education, and members of the Board of the Mallinckrodt Foundation, which provides major funding for the PSTP.
Select an after dinner speaker for the banquet.
Serve as Master of Ceremony for the dinner, introducing guests and recognizing graduating members of the program.
Work with PSTP administrative assistant to select site for dinner and menu.

V. Progress Report

Prepare an annual progress report for the Mallinckrodt Foundation each May concerning the activities of the PSTP. This includes a brief report by each member of the PSTP who is supported by the Foundation.
Send yearly survey to every graduate of the PSTP to track their academic progress (academic rank, grants, publications, awards, election to ASCI, etc.).

VI. National Meetings/Workshop

Coordinate with Peds PSTP Co-Directors to send a representative to national meetings/workshops for PSTP directors.

VII. Total time commitment

Co-Director’s role is approximately 10% effort, with the majority of responsibility in the fall and spring. 

Stuart Kornfeld, MD





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