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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 2-3 years of training for pediatricians with an MD, DO or MD/PhD degree who are committed to a career in academic medicine
  • In the 2nd year of PSDP, fellows have the option of applying for a 3rd year of research support from their sponsoring departments, where they are 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 2019, 52% of PSDP graduates had obtained NIH
  • 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 (3rd year PSDP fellow)

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

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

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