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Program Structure

The RMSTP provides three years of NIH support for physiatrists who will devote themselves to academic careers with a strong research component. Participation for the selected candidates in the RMSTP will be separated into three distinct phases.

Pre-application Phase:

The RMSTP offers a Research Training Workshop yearly at the annual meeting of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. This workshop is intended to provide support to residents interested in applying for the RMSTP fellowship, through a series of lectures, small group, and individual meetings, and focuses on helping candidates define their research domain, select appropriate mentors, and plan for maximal productivity in their research training. Attendance at the workshop is by invitation only, and is strongly recommended, but not required, prior to submitting an application for the funded RMSTP fellowship ("Phase I application”). Residents interested in a funded RMSTP fellowship upon completion of their residency should enter the pre-application phase as early in their residency as possible to allow maximal time to prepare (PGY2 or PGY3 year; PGY4 year if planning to enter a clinical fellowship prior to the RMSTP). Applications for the pre-application phase are due December 1st. Pre-application must be submitted on-line. Click on Pre-application on the left side of the screen.

  • Paid attendance to the AAP Annual Meeting
  • Participation in the Research Training Workshop
  • Career Development training activities
  • Research exploration
  • Scientific mentorship
  • Quarterly small group teleconferences to facilitate planning throughout the year

Phase I:

Residents seeking a funded RMSTP fellowship should submit a Phase I application on August 7th of the year preceding their intended training start date (i.e., August 7th of PGY4 year if intending to start training upon graduation in June; August of last year of clinical fellowship if intending to start research training upon completion of fellowship training). Phase I applications need to be submitted on-line. Click on Phase I applications on the left side of the screen.

  • Placement of the trainee in the lab of a selected senior scientist for 3 years of mentored research training
  • Protected research time (75% time required)
  • Provision of annual research stipend of up to $75,000 and fringe benefits (benefit rate of sponsoring institution)
  • Annual allotment of $20,000 for research expenses
  • Paid attendance to the AAP Annual Meeting and Annual Research Training Workshop during Phase I
  • Visibility for research findings at the AAP Annual Meeting
  • Career counseling and support from the RMSTP in the form of quarterly teleconferences
  • Job placement assistance

Phase II:

  • Transition to junior faculty position
  • Continued small group teleconferences to support ongoing career development after Phase I funding ends
  • Negotiation for continued protected time supported by sponsoring department and/or extramural funds
  • Development of independent research program including a focus on grant-writing skills, negotiations for internal support, structuring clinical work to maximize research opportunities, etc.

Who Should Apply?

The RMSTP is focused on the enhancement of research conducted in the field of PM&R. The ultimate aim of the program is to increase the number of rigorously trained, extramurally competitive and scientifically productive faculty members in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) departments, who can contribute to the continued development of the physiatric research specifically and rehabilitation science in general.

  • Physiatrists interested in a career substantially devoted to extramurally funded research (typically over 50%)
  • US citizens and Permanent Residents

For additional information, please contact Mary Czerniak, Program Coordinator, at 215-663-6592 or

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Many entry level academic faculty are seeking ways to enhance their research career development, and it is difficult for department chairs to support protected research time in the absence of extramural funding. The Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program (RMSTP), funded by a K12 grant from the NIH, can be an important resource in faculty development.

In the past, the RMSTP has targeted its recruitment primarily to residents, to give sufficient planning time to enter a productive fellowship immediately after residency. However, physiatrists are eligible to apply for RMSTP funding up to 5 years after completing their residency or clinical fellowship. Thus, junior faculty within this time frame can be funded by the RMSTP to enhance their research training under the guidance of a productive mentor.


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