The AAP received happy news this week from Drs. Michael Boninger and John Whyte that the Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program (RMSTP) has been refunded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This grant will allow us to continue the nearly 20-year record of grooming promising young physiatrists for careers in rehabilitation research.
The refunded RMSTP differs in important ways from the program we directed during previous funding cycles. The goal of the new RMSTP is to help junior faculty submit competitive grants directly to NIH or other funding agencies. While the new grant does not directly fund a fellow’s salary and research, it supports the same important Research Career Development Workshop (held annually at the AAP's Annual Meeting) and quarterly teleconferences. Both activities mentor junior faculty and residents as they prepare for a research career. Further, the new grant provides feedback to the fellows on their grants, further enabling them to be competitive at the NIH.
With the NIH funding, the new RMSTP will include a larger and more diverse group of mentors to help the physiatrists who are part of the program be successful in their research careers. Even with NIH funding, there will still be a cost associated with being part of the RMSTP. More information on the mentors and the program will be coming soon.