Dr. Joan Beckman

The Department of Medicine at the University of North Carolina is committed to the development of physician-scientists and now will offer a program to recruit and train young physicians who intend to pursue academic careers devoted to medical research. This program will allow candidates with significant research experience (PhD, MPH, or equivalent research background) to complete Internal Medicine residency, fellowship, and postdoctoral research training via the ABIM Research Pathway.

A Collaborative Environment at UNC

UNC provides a rich and collaborative environment to support the career development needs of physician-scientists. The UNC School of Medicine was 13th and the Department of Medicine 6th in the 2014 national rankings for federal research funding. Successfully funded faculty members in every Division are eager to mentor developing physician-scientists.

UNC’s basic science departments are nationally ranked and committed to working with physicians. The Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina is the 2nd ranked school of public health in the nation and a rich source of mentors for Physician-Scientist scholars pursuing high impact epidemiology research.

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We welcomed three new trainees to the PSTP in June:

Dr. Patrick Taus
(MD/PhD from UNC)

Dr. Simon Gray
(MD/PhD from Yale)

Dr. Jeremy Meier
(MD/PhD from VCU)

Dr. Klara Klein received the 2018 David Ontjes Intern of the Year. This award is presented to an intern whose performance best exemplifies the standards set by Dr. David A. Ontjes, including scholarly excellence and a commitment to the service of others. The full list of 2018 award recipients is here. Congratulations, Klara!

Publications & Presentations

Dr. Cary Cotton published “Development of Evidence-Based Surveillance Intervals After Radiofrequency Ablation of Barrett’s Esophagus” in Gastroenterology.

Dr. Sarah Rutstein represented the UNC PSTP at the 22nd International AIDS Conference, and presented “Public Health Implications of Acute HIV Infection Diagnostic Strategies in Low- and Middle-income settings.”

Upcoming Events

We will welcome Dr. Patrick Hu who will present Medicine Grand Rounds on 4/19/2019. Last May, we hosted Dr. Steven Russell who presented “The Bionic Pancreas.”