SPONSOR: Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs,



PURPOSE: To provide basic science training relevant to specialty areas

of pediatrics and to prepare entry-level young faculty for research

careers in academic pediatrics.

DEADLINE: February 1

SUMMARY: Physicians presently in pediatric residency who wish to train

in basic science departments with an established investigator/mentor

are encouraged to apply, as are candidates who seek training in

statistics, informatics, or health policy. A commitment to an

investigative academic career is essential. 

Candidates completing the PSDP are eligible for sub-specialty boards,

because PSDP training typically takes place after the completion of the

clinical fellowship year. Support includes salary, fringe benefits, and

laboratory expenses. The active involvement and support of Pediatric

Department Chairs are required in the nomination/application process,

and career development of PSDP awardees. 



Interested applicants should contact the PSDP office (203-737-4496) for

an initial determination of eligibility and identification of

appropriate research mentors. At the time of initial contact,

candidates must have been accepted for sub-specialty fellowship.

Candidates should identify themselves no later than the fall of the

PL-3 year. 

Candidates who are chief residents should identify themselves in the

fall of the PL-4 year. 

Candidates who are fast-tracking in pediatrics should notify the PSDP

office in the fall of the PL-2 year. 

A timeline for the organization of the one-year clinical fellowship

component and the three-year research component is shown below.


The Pediatric Scientist Development Program provides research training

and career development support for pediatricians committed to careers

in academic medicine. The PSDP offers an intense, full-time experience

in basic science research training in eminent research laboratories in

the U.S. and Canada. Pediatricians seeking advanced training in health

services research and/or basic epidemiology, statistics, or health

policy are also eligible to apply. Up to three years of research

training are funded by the Program after the completion of the clinical

fellowship year. A sponsoring pediatric department assumes

responsibility for support of clinical fellowship. No clinical duties

are allowed during the first two years of laboratory training.

This Program provides a training environment in which talented young

pediatricians address central problems in child health with the most

current scientific tools. Ultimately, these pediatric scientists,

dedicated to research careers in their clinical department, will

translate basic research advances to improvements in clinical care for


The Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs, Inc.

(AMSPDC) acts as the sponsoring organization. In a unique collaborative

arrangement, funding is derived from grants from the National Institute

of Child Health & Human Development and numerous private agencies and

foundations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American

Pediatric Society, the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation (Toronto),

the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and St. Jude Children’s

Research Foundation.


It is strongly advised that every applicant take advantage of

counseling and direction, provided through the PSDP office, in the

choice of research mentors and laboratories.

Because of their emphasis on basic science, PSDP awards should not be

construed as support for standard clinical fellowships.

An original and sixteen copies of the application, compiled in the

precise order listed below, must be submitted by February 1st: (17

months prior to the start of the PSDP component of the fellowship.)

The application form, which includes the name of applicant, Nominating

and Sponsoring Chairs, residency information, and name(s) of proposed

research mentor and laboratory site. 

Personal statement from applicant addressing the rationale for the

clinical sub-specialty, choice of research area and career goals. 

A detailed research proposal, typically 8-10 pages in length, that

should be prepared in conjunction with the PSDP mentor. 

Letter from Nominating Chair acknowledging the commitment to help the

candidate to identify a junior faculty position providing two years of

support with 75% time for research. 

Letter from Sponsoring Chair at the site of the clinical fellowship, if

different from nominating Chair. The letter from the sponsoring Chair

must also acknowledge the commitment to help the candidate to identify

a junior faculty position providing two years of support with 75% time

for research. 

Letter of support and acceptance from proposed research mentor, which

includes a description of laboratory, scope of research, tentative

plans for trainee and any other personnel to be involved in the

training process. 

Mentor’s NIH grant application Biographic Sketch (two pages). 

Applicant’s curriculum vitae listing publications, honors, and awards.

Applicant’s final medical school transcript. 

Three letters of reference. 

Table of Contents to Entire Program Description


Association of Medical School Pediatric

Department Chairs, Inc.

Pediatric Scientist Development Program

Margaret Hostetter, MD, Program Director

Yale University School of Medicine

Yale Child Health Research Center

464 Congress Avenue

P.O. Box 208081

New Haven, CT 06520-8081


Val Hopewell, PSDP Coordinator 

Telephone: 203-737-4496

Fax: 203-737-5972




Keycode Keyword

A006000 Foundation Funding Opportunities

0785170 Pediatrics

078500A All Specialties of Medical & Allied Fields

0700000 Health & Safety, Medical & Biomedical Sciences

0785000 Specialties of Medical & Allied Fields

0720000 Education & Instruction (Health & Safety & Medical)

0502024 Medical Education

072000A All Education & Instruction (Health & Safety & Medical)

0710030 Biomedical Research, Multidisciplinary

0000034 Research

071000A All Disciplines & Fields, Health & Safety, Medical & Biomedical

0720005 Biomedical Research Training

0730080 Vital Statistics

0710078 Medical Informatics

0710000 Disciplines & Fields, Health & Safety, Medical & Biomedical

0783015 Health Planning & Policy

101402a All Science Planning & Policy

0000022 Fellowships

0785055 Epidemiology

1014002 Science Planning & Policy

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