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The PSDP provides a training environment in which talented young pediatricians address central problems in child health with the most current scientific tools. Ultimately, these pediatric scientists, dedicated to continuing careers in basic, translational, and clinical research, will translate research advances to improvements in clinical care for children. The PSDP also provides career development support for pediatricians committed to careers in academic medicine.
The PSDP is an intense, full-time experience in basic, translational, or clinical research training. Fellows conduct research in eminent laboratories in Canada and the USA. Up to three years of research training are funded by the Program after the completion of the clinical fellowship years. A sponsoring pediatric department supports the clinical fellowship apart from the circumstances described below. No patient care or clinical duties are allowed during the first two years of PSDP-supported training.
The PSDP is sponsored by The Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC). In a unique collaborative arrangement, the program is funded by grants from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and numerous private agencies and foundations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Pediatric Society, the Sick Kids Foundation (based in Toronto), the Paediatric Chairs of Canada and the March of Dimes.
The PSDP provides two to three years of support for pediatricians with an MD, DO or MD/PhD degree who will devote themselves to academic careers with a strong research component. Candidates must be nominated for the PSDP by the Chair of the department in which their residency training is being completed (nominating chair). The Chair of the department into which the candidate has been accepted for clinical fellowship training must also contribute a letter of support (sponsoring chair) affirming that the candidate will have no clinical or patient care responsibilities for the first two years of PSDP funding.
PSDP trainees will pursue the following career path:
Salary Cap ($65,000) plus 15% fringe benefits and $20,000 for research project supplies and related travel.
Salary Cap ($70,000) plus 15% fringe benefits and $20,000 for research project supplies and related travel.
Salary Cap ($75,000) plus 15% fringe benefits and $20,000 for research project supplies and related travel. A third year of support is awarded by a separate competitive application process to those candidates attaining satisfactory progress during the first 18 months.
The Facilities and Administration (F&A) cost rate for each year is 8%. There can be no re-budgeting of dollars among the salary, benefits, or supply/travel categories, nor can unexpended dollars in any category be carried over from year to year.
Learn more about the Pediatric Scientist Development Program application process.
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