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Information for Interested Candidates

Become tomorrow's leading rehabilitation researcher! 

 

Program Structure 

RMSTP offers a Research Career Development Workshop at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP). At this workshop, you'll receive intensive education and networking at each of the four (4) phases of RMSTP through a series of lectures, small group interactions, and individual meetings. The workshop process provides individualized support to define candidates' research domains, select appropriate mentors, and plan for maximal productivity in research training and funding proposals. Attendance at the workshop is by invitation-only, and is strongly recommended (but not required) prior to submitting applications and moving to the 'Applicant' phase.

>> Phase I Pre-Application (residents, fellows, junior faculty interested in rehabilitation research)

>> Phase II Applicant (candidates ready to submit for career development grants)

>> Phase III Funded Fellow (candidates with a successful career development grant)

>> Graduates 

 

Who Should Apply?

RMSTP is focused on the enhancement of research conducted in the field of physiatry.

  • Physiatrists interested in a career substantially devoted to extramurally funded research (typically over 50%)
  • Physiatrists who wish to direct their own lab and be the physician responsible for defining research questions and approaches to addressing them

 

Pre-Application Phase:

Process: Individuals can apply to attend the Research Career Development Workshop as residents, clinical fellows, or early career faculty. Once selected, a pre-applicant is educated and supported through attendance at the RMSTP workshop, and through quarterly teleconferences that help the candidate maintain progress toward writing an individual career development grant. Individuals typically attend the workshop annually until they are ready to apply for a funded career development grant. Some individuals who enter the program at an early point in their residency training may pause in their RMSTP participation as they sort out fellowship plans and geographic location.

Eligibility: Potential pre-applicants must submit an application by December 1st of each year, consisting of a personal statement, current CV, and letter of support from the Department Chair. The candidate's statement and/or Chair's letter must commit to payment for the program. Once pre-applicants are selected for participation by the Advisory Board, they complete this phase either when they receive approval to begin developing funding applications for RMSTP review or when they withdraw from the program.

Cost: AAP Resident/Fellow Members $300 / Resident/Fellow Non-Members $500

AAP Members $650 / Non-Member Physicians $900

These costs cover the quarterly teleconference calls and attendance of the RMSTP program at the Annual Meeting*.

*Cost for participating in the pre-applicant phase is separate from AAP's Annual Meeting registration. The in-person aspects of the RMSTP workshop, which are highly valuable, are only available to those who attend the Annual Meeting, while the teleconference support is available regardless of meeting attendance.

 

Applicant Phase:

Process: Once approved for this phase of participation, trainees will have the opportunity to request RMSTP review of 2-3 career development grant applications annually (2 new applications or 1 new application and 2 revisions) by the RMSTP Advisory Board. Teleconference groups will be formed of trainees aiming for a similar date for their initial application. For each year of participation, trainees will identify the anticipated submission dates of grants, and will receive RMSTP due dates in return which are at least 9 weeks ahead of the funding agency due date. The applications will be assigned to a minimum of 2 peer reviewers knowledgeable about the candidate's scientific area as well as one of the RMSTP directors, for written peer review. An optional post-review phone meeting is available to discuss the implications of the reviews. As a condition of participation in the 'Applicant' phase, each trainee will provide a copy of each final submitted grant application and a copy of the resulting funding agency peer review comments.

Eligibility: To advance from the 'Pre-Applicant' to the 'Applicant' phase, candidates must submit a current bio of themselves, a bio from their proposed primary mentor, a description of their area of scientific focus, and a specific aims page. For participants who want to join the RMSTP Applicant phase directly, they must submit everything listed in the previous sentence and a letter of support from their current Department Chair. The Chair's letter must commit either the candidate or the department to pay the cost of the program. Candidates remain involved as 'Applicants' until they receive career development funding or withdraw from the program. As part of their participation in RMSTP, trainees will cite the RMSTP's mentorship as an additional component of their grant-funded career development plan, and will budget for the cost of AAP's Annual Meeting in their training applications.

Cost: AAP Resident/Fellow Members $300 / Resident/Fellow Non-Members $500

AAP Members $650 / Non-Member Physicians $900

Costs cover the quarterly teleconference calls, allow attendance of the RMSTP workshop at AAP's Annual Meeting, and application review and feedback. Participants must register separately for AAP's Annual Meeting - attendance remains an expectation.

 

Funded Fellow Phase:

Process:Once funded, trainees will be moved into quarterly teleconference groups on the basis of their start date. They will continue with quarterly calls for the first 3 years of funded training. In addition, trainees will have the opportunity to request RMSTP review of 1 grant annually by the RMSTP Advisory Board. This grant can be to any funding mechanism. Trainees will identify the anticipated submission dates of grants, and will receive RMSTP due dates in return which are at least 9 weeks ahead of the funding agency due date. The applications will be assigned to a minimum of 2 peer reviewers knowledgeable about the candidate's scientific areas for written peer review. An optional post-review phone meeting is available to discuss the implications of the reviews.

Eligibility: To advance from the 'Applicant' phase to the 'Funded Fellow' phase, candidates must receive extramural funding for their training. For participants who want to join RMSTP in the 'Funded Fellow' phase, they must submit a current bio of themselves, a bio of their primary mentor, a funded-specific aims page, and a letter of support from the current Department Chair. The Chair's letter must commit either the candidate or the department to pay for the program. Trainees continue for at least 3 years.

Cost: AAP Resident/Fellow Members $300 / Resident/Fellow Non-Members $500

AAP Members $650 / Non-Member physicians $900

These costs cover the quarterly teleconference calls, and allow for attendance of the RMSTP Workshop at AAP's Annual Meeting. Participants are expected to budget and pay for AAP's Annual Meeting registration plus an additional fee for the RMSTP Workshop for 3 years after receipt of funding.

 

Graduate Phase:

Process: Participants are invited to attend the Annual RMSTP Workshop and to attend an annual teleconference mid-year to discuss their transition to independence, and work toward promotion. In addition, we rely heavily on graduates to mentor fellows in all previous phases.

Eligibility: Trainees are eligible to participate as graduates upon completion of their career development training award.

Cost: No charge!

Graduates who attend AAP's Annual Meeting will pay for the Annual Meeting registration fees, but there is no additional charge for participating in the RMSTP Workshop.

  

Contact

For additional information, please contact Mary Czerniak, Program Coordinator, at 215-663-6592 or meczerni@einstein.edu

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