Up to two incoming pediatric interns will be selected each year for this program, based upon their interest in applying to a Pediatric subspecialty fellowship program and commitment to a career in basic science/translational research. Potential candidates will be identified through self-nomination during their residency interviews or pre-selected by the Residency Program Directors. This program provides an opportunity to participate in a training pathway that will prepare qualified candidates for an academic career in Pediatrics. The program currently entertains two tracks: a Categorical track that consists of up to 6 months of dedicated elective time for research, and the American Board of Pediatrics’ Accelerated Research Pathway (a.k.a. “fast-tracking”). Specific training opportunities include:
Successful progress within the Pediatrics Residency Program is a prerequisite for the trainee's entry into any of the clinical fellowships offered within the Department of Pediatrics. Successful candidates will be guaranteed funding during their fellowship training on one of the NIH training grants within the Department of Pediatrics, although many of our trainees are successful in securing external funding. For those with medical school debt, they will be eligible for the Janet and Ray Scherr Fellowship Loan Repayment Endowment Program during their fellowship training. After fellowship, successful participants will be appointed as Junior Faculty at UCLA for 1-2 years with funding from a "Scholars Program" through the Department of Pediatrics. Fellows from this program will receive mentorship while writing a career development award, e.g. K08, to support their academic appointment in the Department of Pediatrics.
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Physician Scientist Program NRMP#: 1956320C1
Bassem Shoucri, MD, PhD - currentXavier Gaeta, MD, PhD - currentRameshwar Ramineni Rao, MD, PhD (2018 - 2020)Gloria Sheng, MD, PhD (2017 - 2020)T. Scott Nowicki, MD, PhD (2013 - 2016)Matt Smith-Raska, MD, PhD (2012 - 2015)Steven Jonas, MD, PhD (2012 - 2015)
Why did you want to train at UCLA?I came to UCLA because I felt the PSP excelled in all three components of my training: 1. excellent general pediatric training at a quaternary academic medical center, 2. excellent subspecialty training in my clinical field of interest (endocrinology) and 3. a wealth of exciting potential post-doc mentors in my field of research interest (obesity and metabolism). In addition, the vast resource that is UCLA main campus is next door, creating a ripe environment for physician scientists who wish to collaborate with their basic science colleagues.
Why did you decide to join the Physician Scientist program?There is a tremendous culture of physician scientists at UCLA across all specialties, and the Department of Pediatrics is dedicated to developing trainees who are passionate about bench science. Most importantly, I felt that the CDI had the infrastructure and mentorship in place to guide my career from resident to fellow to junior faculty and, ultimately, independent researcher.
Are you currently working on any projects?My only current project is to learn how to become a capable and competent general pediatrician. I am highly considering fast-tracking, although I appreciate the option to pursue training pathways that would integrate research into the residency years.
What do you do in your free time?My free time is spent with my wife and two daughters - ages 3 1/2 and almost 9 months! When I have a rare moment to myself I’m an average pick up basketball player and a lover of the NBA… go Lakers, of course.
What would you like to tell prospective applicants?I think any prospective applicant should not overlook UCLA, as it is an incredible research institution that brings in hundreds of millions of NIH dollars annually. The medical community has a dedication to the development of physician scientists and the Department of Pediatrics/CDI is no exception. I am so pleased to be pursuing my career goals at this institution.
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