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Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program (RMSTP)
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RMSTP Overview

The Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program (RMSTP) is designed to address the shortage of physician scientists in physiatry. RMSTP propels successful careers in rehabilitation research through mentoring, networking, and a workshop that focuses on the challenges and needs unique to physician researchers. This focus has helped individuals advance their careers and their home institutions, improve research capacity and the specialty of physiatry as a whole, and encourage rehabilitation research. RMSTP is multidisciplinary and many of our fellows have been mentored by and often become part of a team that includes other rehabilitation clinician researchers and basic scientists in related fields. Successful research is essential to building strong PM&R departments in medical schools, raising the visibility of rehabilitation and assuring that function is front and center in medical science.

RMSTP has had tremendous success in creating high quality competitive physician researchers - many of whom have become today's leaders in physiatry.


There are four (4) phases to RMSTP

Pre-applicants (residents & early career physiatrists interested in rehabilitation research): Receive guidance on the process of research career development, including defining a scientific domain, selecting an appropriate mentor, crafting a career development and research plan, identifying funding sources for training, and negotiating an academic position with protected time.

Applicants (trainees, fellows, and junior faculty who are committed to a career in rehabilitation research and ready to submit a career development grant): Receive structured review and guidance in the development and revision of career development funding applications.

Funded Fellows (faculty who are successful in obtaining career development funding): Receive guidance regarding optimizing productivity during training, as well as negotiating academic positions, promotion, and transition to independent funding.

Graduates: Receive guidance on transition to independence, an opportunity to 'give back' by participating in the training of junior participants, and providing peer reviews for trainees in the 'applicant' phase of the program.


Program Vision

If physiatrists treat problems in human function, then one might define physiatric researchers as scientists of human function. Thus, there is no type of training experience or skill set which is '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.










AAP's Mission

Creating the future of academic physiatry through mentorship, leadership, and discovery.

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