Subspecialty Fellowship without an advanced degree

Subspecialty Fellowship

Subspecialty Fellowship + PHD or other advanced degree (MS, MPH, MSC)

Acceptance to program: November through January | Finalize on Match Day


  • Oct – Jan prior to Year 1; Applicants have a 2 day visit
  • Joint recruiting with the Department of Medicine Residency Director, Fellowship Director and the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)
  • The 2 day visit will be split proportionately between the Medicine Residency, Fellowship Program and the DGS
  • During the Residency portion, the PSTP applicants will have a chance to visit with a member of the PSTP Steering Committee, who will provide an overview of research opportunities at the U

Internal Medicine (2 years)

PSTP Year 1: Start Internal Medicine Internship (July)

  • Meet with PSTP program director, NIH Training Grant PI, Division Director, and DGS (PSTP Committee)
  • Develop a career development plan outline
  • Meet with Residency Director to discuss career development plan

PSTP Year 2: Internal Medicine Residency

Meet with PSTP Committee every 6 months

  • Apply for graduate school program (for admission, fall of PSP year 3)
  • Take GRE, if needed (many programs will accept the MCAT)
  • Identify 3 labs to rotate in

Fellowship (4-5 years; 3 years research time)

For students enrolled in a PhD program, graduate training precedes clinical training

Top priority is to arrange REQUIRED CLINICAL TIME in summer - between the end of spring semester (mid May) and the start of fall semester (after Labor Day) to avoid conflict with required courses

PSTP Years 3 to 5: Research Years (1/2 day continuity clinic, 2 months clinical time (summer) for trainees needing more than 1 year of clinical training (e.g. CARDS, GI, PCC)

Year 3:

  • Summer - rotate in 3 labs for 1 month each; choose lab
  • Start in chosen lab at the start of month 4; Form thesis committee
  • Fall - start coursework
  • Spring - coursework
  • End of spring semester, complete written preliminary exam
  • Summer - Write NRSA grant for fall deadline
  • Oral preliminary examination completed by end of summer

Year 4:

  • Fall coursework
  • Continue research
  • Meet with thesis committee every 6 months

Year 5:

  • Complete thesis research

PSTP Years 6 (& 7, if needed as required by ABIM) Clinical Years

Year 6:

  • Clinical Training
  • Write and defend PhD thesis by end of the year total PhD duration, 4 years

Year 7:

  • Clinical Training
  • Write NIH K Award