Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP)

The Washington University Division of Dermatology, in conjunction with the Department of Medicine, offers an exceptional career development experience. The Dermatology PSTP falls within the broader Oliver Langenberg Physician Scientist Training Program, the oldest institutionally endowed post-graduate physician scientist training program.  As such, the Dermatology PSTP candidate receives guidance and support from the distinguished scientists directing the Oliver Langenberg PSTP while enjoying the comeraderie of PSTP candidates in other departments.


Our Dermatology Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) supplants the “2+2” with structured mentorship, a stipend during clinical years, a generous salary bonus during the third residency year, and continued support while working toward a KO8 or equivalent as a non-tenured faculty member following residency. Moreover, the PSTP candidate receives exceptional fundamental clinical training through an internship in medicine, pediatrics, or surgery at world-class Washington University-affiliated hospitals. At the completion of the second year of dermatology residency, and with the approval of the faculty and the American Board of  Dermatology, the PSTP candidate will spend approximately 80% laboratory time in the third dermatology residency year and may work in a laboratory of appropriate interest.


The Washington University Dermatology PSTP candidate may pursue research in an appropriate laboratory within any department and with PIs within the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences at Washington University. Thus, the candidate may take full advantage of the cutting edge research in molecular genetics, genomics, molecular oncology, immunology, microbiome systems biology and cell biology, amongst other scientific disciplines.  Washington University is a top-5 NIH funded academic institution affiliated with 25 nobel laureates and currently home to the largest medical scientist training program in the country.


Eligible applicants include graduates with a combined MD-PhD degree or an MD degree and a strong record of basic science research experience.  Applicants will be required to apply through ERAS for the PSTP track, Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University Dermatology program.  Given that the PSTP program begins with mentorship during the PGY-1 year, all applicants are also required to train during their internhsip at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University (typically through the Internal Medicine-Preliminary program, but exceptions to train in Pediatrics or Surgery can be honored by special request).


Quick Highlights of the Dermatology PSTP, part of the Oliver Langenberg PSTP


  • Support from the oldest institutionally-endowed physician scientist training program
  • Exceptional clinical fundamentals attained during WashU-affiliated internship
  • PSTP mentorship starts first day of internship
  • Dinners, lunches, speaker series, and social events with PSTP candidates
  • Education stipend during PGY1, PGY2, and PGY3
  • Salary bonus during PGY4
  • Opportunity to become an Instructor within the Department of Medicine, Division of Dermatology as PGY5 to continue as non-tenured research faculty
  • Mentored support throughout toward attainment of K08/equivalent
  • Opportunity to work in any appropriate department at Washington University


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