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Developing the next generation of diverse pediatrician-scientist leaders through exceptional research training and a robust, multilevel mentorship environment
What is the PSDP?

The Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP) provides intensive training in research relevant to specialty areas of pediatrics. The goal is to prepare entry-level faculty for research careers in academic pediatrics. Physicians presently in pediatric training programs who wish to train in basic, translational, clinical, or health services research with an established investigator/mentor are encouraged to apply.

  • PSDP provides three years of training for pediatricians with an MD, DO or MD/PhD degree who are committed to a career in academic medicine
  • Fellows will be supported from their sponsoring departments during their first year of PSDP. The second and third years of PSDP training will be funded by the NIH or our non-NIH funding partners, ensuring all PSDP fellows receive three years of support for their professional development.
  • Fellows in their third year of PSDP will be appointed as  instructors or equivalent rank.
  • The involvement and support of pediatric department chairs in the nomination, application process, and career development of PSDP scholars are essential to the success of the program

Building the Next Generation of Pediatrician Scientists

  • The PSDP is an NIH K12 award that fosters basic,
    clinical, translational, and health services research
  • 92% of PSDP graduates work in academic pediatrics
  • As of 2021, 52% of PSDP graduates had obtained NIH
    funding
  • PSDP Return on Investment = 20.06
  • External mentorship is offered to residents interested in
    PSDP fellowship opportunity through our alumni
    mentorship program
  • The PSDP is committed to increasing and diversifying
    the pediatric-scientist workforce
What Alumni are Saying...

MY PSDP research served as the foundation for my K08 and Harold Amos Career Development Awards. The PSDP has provided such a formative experience and has overall opened the door to so many other opportunities.

– Erlinda ‘Chulie’ Ulloa, MD, MSc (PSDP alumnus 2019, Assistant Professor, UC Irvine)

Support from the PSDP played a critical role in launching my career as an independent investigator – the support for a multi-year research experience and fully protected time in the lab, the oversight of my research progress by the PSDP leadership team, and the short-term and long-term mentoring and career guidance by the Chairs participating in the PSDP were invaluable.

– Joseph St. Geme, MD (PSDP alumnus 1991, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PSDP Steering Commitee Member)

“The Pediatric Scientist Development Program provided me with 100% protected research time, outstanding mentorship, a strong commitment from my department, and a wonderful peer network of physician scientists that helped launch my research career in epidemiology and clinical research.”

– Jason Nagata, MD (PSDP alumnus 2019, Assistant Professor, UCSF)

Without a doubt, this program made my career in academic pediatrics possible. In addition to the financial support, I had access to world-renown pediatric physician scientists as mentors. Their timely and personalized advice allowed me to navigate different stages of my career with success, even after I officially exited the program.”

– Elizabeth Crouch, MD, PhD (PSDP alumnus 2021, Assistant Professor, UCSF)

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