Program Overview

The Pediatric Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) currently accepts 1-2 residents each year on an integrated research track, and recruits categorical pediatric residents and subspecialty fellows with an interest in a research career.

The Physician Scientist Training Program is administered in coordination with the NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital/Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons.  We follow the American Board of Pediatrics guidelines for the Integrated Research Pathway (IRP) for training of pediatric residents with an interest in becoming research scientists. 

The PSTP IRP pathway provides 11 months of protected research time (with a half day per week of continuity clinic) during the second and third years of residency.

Clinical Training

In addition to the research training, program participants will be involved in the same quality and breadth of clinical training as categorical residents, qualifying them for future fellowship and/or attending positions. 
Learn more about the Pediatrics Residency Program


PSTP trainees have the opportunity to continue their training in one of the WCM pediatric fellowship programs. Research training will be continuous throughout residency and fellowship. Those PSTP trainees who perform well in clinical and research training will be prioritized for matching into the fellowship of their choice.  
Learn more about the Pediatrics Fellowship Programs

Career Development

PSTP trainees will have access to Department of Pediatrics mentoring seminars as well as WCM's Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) and Tri-I career development series. 

Funding Opportunities

Participants will have the opportunity to apply for competitive internal funding (Department of Pediatrics), college-wide funding through the Clinical and Translational Science Center, and external grant funding.


The most competitive candidates will have a strong commitment to a research career and an outstanding academic record. The program is open to applicants who are able to enter graduate medical education on July 1 in the year of the Match as per ACGME requirements and have significant research experience such as completion of a Ph.D. program or an equivalent experience and are intended to pursue a career of a physician-scientist.  During interview day(s), PSTP candidates will have the opportunity to meet both clinical faculty and current trainees from the Department of Pediatrics as well research faculty and potential mentors.

Program Goals and Timeline

Goals / Activities
  • Meetings with PSTP program director

Pre-arrival, Sept/October

  • Guided mentor identification process for research blocks


  • Prepare a 1-page research plan for Year 1


  • Laboratory safety and other required training


  • Research block 1 (2 months)


  • Present research works in progress at PSTP seminar


  • Prepare a 1-page research plan for Year 2


Goals / Activities 
  • Regular meetings with research mentor, identify Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC)


  • SOC meeting


  • Participate in a grant writing workshop series 


  • Research block 2 (2 months)


  • Submit research abstract to a national meeting 


Goals / Activities
  • Research block 3 (7 months)


  • Submit grant proposal


  • SOC meeting 


  • Present research results at PSTP seminar


  • Submit original manuscript to a journal


PSTP Faculty and Mentoring Network

Dr. Michael Berger

Michael F. Berger, Ph.D.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Berger's laboratory develops and applies genomic and computational techniques to characterize the spectrum of genetic mutations in human tumors and identify biomarkers of disease progression and drug response.

Dr. Carl Blobel

Carl Blobel, M.D., Ph.D.

Hospital for Special Surgery

The Blobel lab studies a cell surface metalloprotease called ADAM17 (a disintegrin and metalloprotease 17) and its regulatory binding partners, iRhoms 1 and 2 (inactive Rhomboids 1 and 2), both key regulators of the TNFa, IL-6R and EGFR signaling pathways and therefore cruucial in diseases such as autoimmunity and cancer.

Dr. Jean Laurent Casanova

Jean-Laurent Casanova, M.D., Ph.D.

The Rockefeller University

Dr. Casanova studies how human genes determine the clinical manifestations and outcome of primary infections by viruses including the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) bacteria, fungi, and parasites.

Dr. Linnie Golightly

Linnie Maria Golightly, Ph.D.

Weill Cornell Medicine

Dr. Golightly's research focuses on tropical diseases and emerging infections.

Dr. Alex Kentsis

Alex Kentsis, M.D., Ph.D.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Kentsis uses inter-disciplinary experimental tools to understand the fundamental causes of cancers that affect children and young adults ranging from embryonal tumors in infants, leukemias and brain tumors in children, and sarcomas in young adults.

Dr. Andrew Kung

Andrew Kung, M.D., Ph.D.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Kung integrates diverse methodologies to identify new cancer drivers and develop innovative therapies that target the molecular abnormalities in childhood and young adult cancers.

Dr. Theresa Lu

Theresa T. Lu, M.D., Ph.D.

Hospital for Special Surgery

The Lu lab studies lymphatic dysfunction in disease and the lymph node vascular-stromal microenvironment that controls T and B cells in autoimmune and musculoskeletal conditions.

David Lyden, M.D., Ph.D

Weill Cornell Medicine

Dr. Lyden is a pediatric neuro-oncologist who studies the metastatic cascade and the systemic effects of cancer, with a focus on inter-cellular communication via extracellular vesicles and particles (EVPs). His laboratory studies EVP biology, biogenesis, heterogeneity as well as the biomarker and therapeutic potential of EVPs in cancer and beyond.

Virginia Pascual, M.D.

Weill Cornell Medicine

Dr. Pascual is a pediatric rheumatologist whose laboratory is focused on understanding the pathogenesis, finding biomarkers to guide therapeutic interventions and identifying therapeutic targets for human inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, including Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), as well as immune responses to a broad variety of infections and vaccinations. 

Dr. Sallie Permar

Sallie Permar, M.D., Ph.D.

Weill Cornell Medicine

The Permar laboratory focuses on immune prevention of neonatal viral pathogens and maternal/infant vaccine development to eliminate neonatal virus infections.

Dr. Lisa Roth

Lisa Giulino Roth, M.D.

Weill Cornell Medicine

Dr. Roth’s research focuses on studying the biology of B-cell lymphomas associated with EBV infection including Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Dr. Jane Salmon

Jane E. Salmon, M.D.

Hospital for Special Surgery

The goal of Dr. Salmon’s research is to identify predictors and determinants of disease phenotype in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and related diseases, and to thereby identify targets for therapy.

Dr. Matthew Smith-Raska

Matthew Smith-Raska, M.D., Ph.D.

Weill Cornell Medicine

The Smith-Raska lab uses mouse models to study genes that are candidate regulators of epigenetic inheritance, by translating various exposures into stable and heritable epigenetic molecules in the germ cells, with a particular focus on small RNA molecules.

Dr. Agata Smogorzewska

Agata Smogorzewska, M.D., Ph.D.

The Rockefeller University

Dr. Smogorzewska’s laboratory strives to understand how DNA is repaired during replication paarticularly in the context of bone marrow failure, squamous cell carcinoma, and medulloblastoma development in patients with Fanconi anemia. .

Dr. Sohail Tavazoie

Sohail Tavazoie, M.D., Ph.D. 

The Rockefeller University

Dr. Tavazoie's laboratory employs a systems biology approach that integrates molecular, genetic, cellular, organismal, and clinical observations to discover and characterize key molecular regulators of metastasis, with the goal of developing new therapeutics for its prevention and treatment.

Dr. Stefan Worgall

Stefan Worgall, M.D., Ph.D. 

Weill Cornell Medicine

Dr. Worgall's laboratory studies pulmonary infections and host responses as well as the role of sphingolipids relevant to chronic pediatric lung diseases such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, and bronchopulmonary dysplasia.

Learning Environment

  • Salary and benefits will be the same as for categorical residency
  • Housing
  • Wellness


Physician Scientist Joint Seminar Series

PSTP trainees will have the opportunity to present their work and network with mentors and colleagues through this series.  MD/PhD mentors in the Department of Pediatrics may also provide presentations for this series.  Learn more: Physician Scientist Joint Seminar Series

Yearly PSTP Retreat

This 1-day bicampus yearly retreat highlights faculty and mentee research and features a keynote speaker. 

Pediatrics Weill Cornell Medicine Appointments & Referrals: (646) 962-KIDS (646) 962-5437 Chair's Office: Weill Cornell Medicine 525 E 68th St.
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New York, NY 10065 (646) 962-5437