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The UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics is committed to the development of future generations of leading physician-scientists who will continue to advance progress across the spectrum of children’s health.

The UNC Pediatric Physician Scientist Training Program (P-PSTP) is integrally supported by our clinical divisions, our pediatric residency and pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs. Further, the P-PSTP directly benefits from affiliations with multiple programs within the UNC School of Medicine including the NC TraCS Clinical and Translational Institute, the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the UNC Children’s Research Institute.

We also partner for research projects and strategic initiatives with other Schools across the University, including the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, the Gillings School of Global Public Health, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the UNC School of Social Work. Dedicated faculty members within the Department of Pediatrics and across the campus are available to mentor developing physician-scientists focused on child health.

Our program supports physician-scientists through individualized mentorship and instruction that builds on the clinical training provided thorough a typical residency or fellowship program. The program is open to pediatric residents with MD, DO, MD/PhD, MD/MPH or MD/MS degrees with a research background who are committed to specialty fellowship and future engagement with research.

  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • Gastroenterology
  • Genetics and Metabolism
  • Hematology-Oncology
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • Pulmonology

There are many federally funded research training programs available at UNC. Programs that have accepted pediatric fellows in the past include:

  • United Program for Therapeutics in Children (UPTiC)
  • Research Training in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
  • Multidisciplinary Research Training in Pulmonary Disease
  • UNC-Duke Collaborative Clinical Pharmacology Program
  • Duke-UNC Chapel Hill Immunotherapy Training Grant
  • Gastroenterology Research Training
  • Research Fellowships in Hematology

Residents and fellows in the P-PSTP are encouraged to attend conferences that are relevant to their interests. Stipends are available to cover costs of travel to international, national, and local scientific meetings, such as the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, North Carolina Pediatric Society, and the Society for Pediatric Research. These funds can also cover travel to specialized conferences relevant to subspecialty interests, such as Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society IDWeek, the American Thoracic Society, or the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Residency Track

Our Pediatrics Residency supports research-enhanced training, including use of the American Board of Pediatrics Accelerated Research Pathway and the Integrated Research Pathway. Each trainee, however, has unique professional goals and interests, so the program is tailored to meet these needs. Residents in our P-PSTP are able to transition into any UNC pediatric fellowship using any available pathway that suits their needs.

The P-PSTP residency track provides mentorship to guide and promote academic career development during training. Research-focused mentors will be assigned during the first year  and will help guide PSTP residents towards suitable research experiences. Research time will be offered during residency. Restructuring of the typical residency curriculum is allowed, if desired, upon discussion with Residency Directors and approval from the American Board of Pediatrics.

P-PSTP trainees will be exposed to the various types of research going on at UNC and around the country through several seminar series, journal clubs, and other venues. P-PSTP residents will be provided with special opportunities to participate in ongoing research to stimulate the formulation of their own research programs. P-PSTP trainees will receive a stipend to enable travel to relevant scientific meetings.

Fellowship Program

Resident P-PSTP training will dovetail into subspecialty fellowship training. Subspecialty fellowship at the University of North Carolina is offered in virtually all Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education accredited fields. Subspecialty training offers additional mentorship as well as focused clinical and research development. Mentorship in research and career development support will be provided by the trainee’s individual fellowship program, selected research mentors, the Department of Pediatrics Unified Fellows Program directed by Dr. Wayne Price, and the UNC Children’s Research Institute-Pediatric Scholars Program.

Subspecialty training consists of 1 year of American Board of Pediatrics subspecialty clinical training followed by 2-3 years of focused research training. Over the course of fellowship, didactic lectures and a monthly seminar series covering topics critical to success in academic medicine provide a basic foundation for Department of Pediatrics P-PTSP trainees. Fellows engage in at least one research project during training. Stipends are available for fellows to allow travel to relevant scientific meetings and conferences.