The ProSTAR-PSTP track is a separate application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and requires a supplemental application as detailed below. It is very competitive, and we strongly encourage those interested in training at UCLA to apply to both ProSTAR-PSTP and Categorical tracks. For residents that are accepted into a UCLA categorical program but not ProSTAR-PSTP, another application to ProSTAR-PSTP may be made at the end of intern year.
All ProSTAR-PSTP applicants must meet the same requirements as those of the Categorical Track of the UCLA Internal Medicine Residency Program, as listed on the UCLA Internal Medicine Residency Program website.
ProSTAR-PSTP applicants must hold an MD or equivalent degree at the time of matriculation into the program. Applicants must have had substantive prior exposure to research (basic, translational, or clinical). This may be in the form of a PhD, Master’s level degree, or a rigorous research experience prior to or during medical school education.
Applicants with less extensive research training but with a compelling narrative that demonstrates a commitment to a physician-investigator career are also encouraged to apply.
Strong letters of recommendation from prior research mentors, rigorous nature of prior research experiences, and a strong track record of research publications are heavily weighed on review for acceptance.
Applications from members of underrepresented minority groups are encouraged.
Please use the ProSTAR-PSTP NRMP #1956 140C1.
Note that applicants who hold a PhD must submit a letter from their primary thesis mentor through ERAS.
The supplemental application is used to understand your motivation for pursuing a research career and how the UCLA ProSTAR-PSTP may be utilized to help you achieve your career goals.
Please complete the supplemental application through Qualtrics. On this form, you will be asked to upload your CV and reprints of prior publications (reprints of prior publications and/or abstracts; manuscripts under review or in press may be provided) as a PDF attachment. We additionally require the upload of one additional letter of support from prior research mentors or collaborators (this can be omitted if submitted through ERAS).
For the 2021-2022 season, if a supplemental application has already been submitted through PDF to the email provided, please disregard the Qualtrics application as we will update this on our end.
In collaboration with the Graduate Medical Education (GME) office at UCLA, the ProSTAR Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP) has determined that all program interviews during the 2020-2021 interview season will be conducted in a virtual setting in order to provide an equitable process for all applicants, both from local and non-local institutions.
All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee, and qualified applicants will be notified of invitation to interview via email.
All applicants will be interviewed by the UCLA Categorical Internal Medicine Residency Program and ProSTAR-PSTP program on the same day. Applicants are strongly encouraged to select one of 4 ProSTAR-PSTP research days (open house). Categorical program orientation and interviews will occur in the morning, and the afternoon will provide ProSTAR-PSTP specific programming and interviews.
The designated PSTP interview dates for the 2021-2022 interview season are:
If applicants are unable to interview on ProSTAR-PSTP-specific dates, we will craft an interview for them on other dates. Please see the complete schedule on the internal medicine residency site.
Upon completion of the interview season, applicant files are reviewed by the PSTP Selection Committee consisting of the program director, the associate director, and a representative panel of affiliated scientists for consideration of ranking.
Matching into the ProSTAR-PSTP (NRMP #1956 140C1) means that applicants enter the ProSTAR-PSTP track of the categorical program.
Matching into the Categorical program (NRMP #1956 140C0) means matching into the three-year categorical program only.
We encourage applicants to apply to both, the Categorical program AND the ProSTAR-PSTP Track of the Categorical program.
Residents in the categorical program are able to apply into the ProSTAR-PSTP, commonly at the end of the intern year. Acceptance into the program varies per year.