The New Jersey Medical School
Physician Scientist Skills Program for 2013-2014

Program Summary: The New Jersey Medical School Physician Scientist Skills Program provides an opportunity for international physicians, scientists and other health care researchers to enhance their research knowledge and gain hands-on experience and skills in a mentored environment, with access to cutting-edge core facility equipment. The Program, which entails one year of mentored research, is administered through New Jersey Medical School's Office of the Senior Associate Dean for Research.

The start date for all Physician-Scientists in the 2013-2014 Program is June 17, 2013 (although participants can begin the Program anytime during the preceding two-week period beginning on May 31, 2013).

The principal Program goals are to develop the Physician Scientist's research skills, with an emphasis on application of techniques, experimental design and critical analysis of data, and to further his/her understanding of research methodology as applied in an academic medical setting.

Program Activities to meet the Goals:

  • Instruction in research methodology in state-of-the-art laboratories overseen by full-time faculty
  • Hands-on experience in performing collaborative research projects with faculty mentors and lab peers
  • Courses in research ethics, lab techniques, and scientific writing and presentations skills
  • Participation in research journal clubs
  • Communication of research results in laboratory and departmental data clubs
  • Participation in departmental seminars and university-wide lectures and symposium
  • Exposure to and use of state-of-the-art biomedical equipment in laboratories and core facilities
  • Availability of editing guidance for residency applications

Outcomes if Goals are met:

  • Increased knowledge of basic and translational biomedical science
  • Strengthening of participants' residency applications and CV's through focused research experience
  • Positive and frequent interactions with faculty, with potential for letters of recommendation
  • Potential contribution to publish research results through posters or articles
  • Opportunities for improvement of English proficiency

Participant Selection: Selection of participants in the Program is based on academic record and expressed interest in pursuing career tracks in academic medicine. Among the qualifications of a successful applicant is a minimum USMLE average score of not less than 230 in Step 1 and Step 2.  All applicants will be interviewed (by phone or in person) and asked to provide:

  • Personal statement
  • Copy of MD or MBBS or equivalent foreign degree
  • Medical school or graduate transcript evidencing academic achievement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Sponsoring organization's letter of financial support

Application materials will be accepted beginning January 1, 2013, through April 30, 2013.  The Program for 2013-2014 anticipates accepting twenty (20) Physician Scientists.

Areas of Research Excellence: Research Mentorships are available in:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cancer/Oncology
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Endocrinology
  • Inflammation and Immunity
  • Infectious Disease
  • Neuroscience/Neurology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pediatrics
  • Radiology
  • Surgery

Other Opportunities:
Core Facilities Exchange Program (CFX) - Training opportunity for international biomedical professionals to expand their knowledge and experience with cutting-edge biomedical research and clinical equipment.

BLS (Basic Life Support), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) and ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification courses available (course fees may be charged in addition to Program fee).

Program Director:
Padmini Salgame, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Director of Graduate Medical Research Program
New Jersey Medical School
185 South Orange Avenue, MSB A-902
Newark, NJ 07101-1709

For more information on the application process, please contact:
Patricia Dalton
Director, Research Policy for New Jersey Medical School
185 South Orange Avenue, MSB C-690
Newark, NJ 07101-1709