Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP)

The PSTP experience is designed to facilitate the development of surgical residents into academic clinician-investigators. This pathway is designed for the MD, PhD or MD graduate with extensive research experience who is interested in a career in academic surgery and investigation. This track is designed to allow the resident to complete American Board of Surgery requirements in general surgery while providing time for intensive laboratory work under the tutelage of a faculty mentor.

Upon joining the program, the PSTP Scholar is 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 as 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. 

Financial Support

During the research training period, the PSTP Scholar is supported with supplemental funds to attend educational and career development courses and grant writing courses. In addition, the PSTP Scholar is supported to attend select national scientific meetings at which the Scholar is presenting research data. Review the PSTP Scholar Research Policy. Travel authorization request form can be found here

Contact Us

Jason Wertheim, MD, PhD

Vice Chair of Research
Department of Surgery
Assistant Professory of Surgery - Organ Transplantation
Department of Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine 
Department of Biomedical Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering
Northwestern University and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center 
Phone 312-926-7276

Housestaff Research Portal

Feinberg has the infrastructure and resources to assist McGaw trainees interested in conducting scientific research. Visit our Housestaff Research Portal to learn more.