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Physician Scientist Training Program


Physician Scientist Training Team

The ABIM-recognized research track for post-graduate training allows MD, PhDs to re-enter research training years faster than traditional residency/fellowship tracks. Participants complete two years of general internal medicine training, then one-to-two years of clinical fellowship training (based on specialty). Trainees then enter their research years under the mentor of their choice for three years. The total training time is six-to-seven years, with research time maximized.

During the research years, participants remain clinically active but are 80% research protected (generally one half day of clinic per week). Internal medicine boards are taken at the beginning of PGY4. Specialty boards are taken at the beginning of PGY6. During clinical training years, participants are allocated additional funding of $2000 for books or travel to meetings. During research training years, participants are allocated an additional $10,000 in salary/benefits.  

About MUSC

The Medical University of South Carolina has offered top quality care to patients since 1824. As the first medical school in the South and a nationally recognized academic medical center, MUSC is comprised of a 700-bed referral and teaching hospital and six colleges with more than 1,700 faculty educating approximately 3,000 trainees annually. MUSC has a substantial research enterprise. In FY2016, MUSC faculty received 1,188 extramural awards totaling nearly $260 million. Federal funding (including federal flowthrough) constitutes about 62% of extramural support, with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as the primary funding agency. With more than $109 million from NIH, MUSC’s extramural research encompasses Basic Research 53%, Clinical Research 24%, Training 13%, and 10% Clinical Trials. MUSC continues to rank in the top 100 in R&D expenditures at higher education institutions.  

U.S. News & World Report ranked MUSC Health the top hospital in South Carolina for 2017-2018 and among the best in the country when it comes to the treatment of cancer, ENT disorders; gynecology; and urology. MUSC was categorized as a “high-performing” facility for the treatment of gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, nephrology, pulmonology, rheumatology, neurology & neurosurgery, and orthopedics.

Located in Charleston, SC the MUSC Department of Medicine provides an opportunity for motivated physician-scientists to excel in their disciplines.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

MUSC’s research facilities continue to expand dramatically with the addition of the James Clyburn Research Complex, consisting of the Drug Discovery and Bioengineering Buildings for translational research and in vivo experimentation. Additionally, MUSC has a Center for Global Health, Center for Health Disparities, Center for Genomic Medicine, Clinical Simulation Education Center, an NCI-designated cancer center (Hollings), Biostatistics and Informatics Department, as well as both standard and unique basic/translational research cores. The Department of Medicine has also developed a robust faculty mentoring program.

How to Apply

Candidates are self-identified and should apply by submitting an application via Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for MUSC Internal Medicine Residency and, upon interview scheduling, express interest in the PSTP. During the interview process, candidates will interview with the Internal Medicine Program Director, the PSTP Program Directors, and the specialty fellowship director when appropriate. Candidates will tour research spaces and meet campus investigators of interest. A letter of reference from the candidate’s research mentor and copies of scientific publications may be requested. Since the interview day is longer, we highly encourage interested candidates to spend the night. Hotel accommodations for 1 night will be reimbursed. Candidates will separately rank "Physician Scientist Pathway". 


Our research programs in cancer immunotherapy, stem cell therapy, diabetes, lipid biology, clinical genetics in cardiology, global health, inflammation and fibrosis are very well funded to name a few.