Transition Facilitation Programs

MD-to-PhD Transition

The Directorate works closely with mentors to make sure that trainees reach milestones in their Individual Development Plans during the PhD training.

PhD-to-MD Transition

Clinical skills and clinical mentoring during PhD: Addressing the challenge of starting clinical training after several years of graduate school, Scholars may shadow physicians (Clinical Mentors) throughout the research training period, specifically increasing in frequency several weeks before beginning clinical clerkships. Trainees will have the opportunity to choose a primary Clinical Mentor for mentoring, as well as attend case presentations and patient rounds with other Clinical Mentors.

Reimmersion: A reimmersion program run by students and faculty will help enhance trainee skills (dexterity) and readiness (mental preparation, patient H&P, clinical presentations) to begin their clinical training.

Beyond Being a Trainee/Transition to Practice

The Directorate recognizes their responsibility to assure that the benefits of the training program are not lost during the two years required by the trainees to complete their MD. Scholars in late MS3 and MS4 years will meet with Dr. Zarrinpar to identify research-oriented postgraduate medical training. A number of Physician Scientists Training Programs (PSTP) have been identified.