Vision

If physiatrists treat problems in human function, then one might define physiatric researchers as scientists of human function. Yet there is no one type of training experience or skill set 'appropriate' for all physiatric researchers. The goal of RMSTP, therefore, is to expose physiatrists to tools and knowledge bases that are closely related to the problems of human function that they wish to understand and to help them transform these tools into the building blocks of a physiatric research base. RMSTP also seeks to expose trainees to opportunities for ongoing collaboration with investigators in related disciplines so as to continually enrich the collaborative stream of research and create an environment in which mentorship is consistently present.

Structure

RMSTP has four application phases intended for physiatrists in different stages of their career: pre-applicants, applicants, funded fellows and graduates. As part of RMSTP, we offer a Research Career Development Workshop at the AAP's Annual Meeting. At this workshop, you'll receive intensive education and networking in each of the four phases of RMSTP through lectures, small group interactions and individual meetings. The workshop provides individualized support to define candidates' research domains, select appropriate mentors and plan for maximal productivity in research training and funding proposals. The workshop is only for individuals accepted into the program.

Who Should Apply?

RMSTP is focused on the enhancement of research conducted in the field of physiatry. You should apply if you are interested in a career substantially devoted to extramurally funded research (typically over 50%) and/or wish to direct your own lab and be the physician responsible for defining research questions and approaches to addressing them.

Application Phases

Pre-Applicant Phase

If you’re a resident, clinical fellow or early career faculty member, this phase is for you. Once selected, a pre-applicant is educated and supported 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 early in their residency training may pause their RMSTP participation as they sort out fellowship plans and geographic location.

Eligibility: Potential pre-applicants must apply by October 1st, submitting a personal statement, current CV and letter of support from their 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 Members: $300 for Residents/Fellows or $650 for Practicing Physiatrists
Non-Members: $500 for Residents/Fellows or $900 for Practicing Physiatrists
*Not included: Cost of the AAP’s Annual Meeting Registration

Applicant Phase

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 (at least 9 weeks ahead of the 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. 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 to the 'Applicant' phase from 'Pre-Applicant', candidates must submit their current bio, 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 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.

Cost: AAP Members: $300 for Residents/Fellows or $650 for Practicing Physiatrists
Non-Members: $500 for Residents/Fellows or $900 for Practicing Physiatrists
*Not included: Cost of the AAP’s Annual Meeting Registration

Funded Fellow Phase

Once funded, trainees will be moved into quarterly teleconference groups based on 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 (at least 9 weeks ahead of the 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 to the 'Funded Fellow' phase from 'Applicant', candidates must receive extramural funding for their training. For participants who want to join RMSTP in the 'Funded Fellow' phase, they must submit their current bio, a bio of their primary mentor, a funded-specific aims page, and a letter of support from their 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 Members: $300 for Residents/Fellows or $650 for Practicing Physiatrists
Non-Members: $500 for Residents/Fellows or $900 for Practicing Physiatrists
*Not included: Cost of the AAP’s Annual Meeting Registration

Graduate Phase

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!

Pre-Applicant

Pre-application is strongly encouraged to attend the annual RMSTP Workshop, offered in conjunction with the AAP’s Annual Meeting. Attendance at the workshop is strongly recommended (but not required) in order to submit a Phase I application for funded fellowship training. Pre-applicants can be residents, fellows or junior faculty interested in becoming involved in rehabilitation research.

Requirements:

  • Signed letter of support from your Department Chair (including commitment to fund RMSTP fees, trainee’s registration and travel to the AAP's Annual Meeting, AAP membership, if selected; and willingness to provide flexibility to the trainee to develop the Phase I application during the latter part of the PGY-3 year)
  • Personal statement (1 page max) specifically describing the candidate’s area of research interest, future career goals, prior research and related academic experience
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • What year will or did you complete your residency?
  • If selected, when do you propose to start Phase I training?
  • Are you a resident planning on doing a fellowship between your residency and RMSTP? If yes, please explain and identify when you would be ready to start the funded RMSTP fellowship.
Apply in August 2020

Applicant/ Funded Fellow

Applicants and funded fellows are strongly encouraged to attend the annual RMSTP Workshop, offered in conjunction with the AAP’s Annual Meeting. Attendance at the workshop is strongly recommended (but not required) in order to become or participate as a funded RMSTP fellow.

Most applicants will advance from the Pre-Applicants phase into the Applicant phase, then advance to the Funded Fellow phase. However, if you wish to join the 'Applicant' or 'Funded Fellow' phase directly, please also submit a letter of support from your Department Chair* including written commitment on behalf of the department or candidate to pay RMSTP fees, registration and travel to the AAP's Annual Meeting, and AAP membership.

Requirements:

  • Candidate’s current bio
  • Bio for candidate’s primary mentor
  • Personal statement (1 page max) with description of scientific area of focus
  • Scientific aims page
  • *Candidates applying directly to the 'Applicant' phase (not advancing from 'Pre-Applicant' phase) must also submit a letter of support from their Department Chair.
Apply in August 2020