Vanderbilt SCRIPS: Supporting Careers in Research for Interventional Physicians and Surgeons


Now accepting applications for 2019-2020 Medical Student SCRIPS Scholars! Click here to learn more.


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Vanderbilt has received a five-year, $2.5-million Physician Scientist Institutional Award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to help bolster the dwindling number of active physician-scientists in the United States.

The grant will support a new Vanderbilt program called SCRIPS — Supporting Careers in Research for Interventional Physicians and Surgeons. SCRIPS aims to recruit, train and foster successful academic careers for surgeons and other procedure-based physicians pursuing basic and translational research. SCRIPS will promote physician scientists through mentored basic research training in the medical school, residency and fellowship years and through early faculty career development. SCRIPS will accept its first resident/fellow scholar and medical student scholars in Fall 2018 and early faculty scholars by Spring 2019.

Mentoring of all SCRIPS scholars will be facilitated by an Academy of Career Mentors, comprised of active MD basic research surgeons/physician-scientists, and an external advisory board consisting of surgeon/procedural-physician leaders in basic and translational research.  Support of mentored research pathways for residents/fellows and early career faculty will be enhanced by targeted loan repayment to ameliorate personal financial exigencies that can derail pursuit of academic research careers. The program will offer a quarterly scientific and professional development events aimed at creating relationships between the scholars and Academy members. Together these and other innovative elements will actualize a model approach to facilitate productive careers in basic research for surgeons and procedure-based physicians.  

Out of 92 award proposals, SCRIPS was one of only five chosen for funding. Complementary programs are being established at Duke University Medical Center, University of Pittsburgh, Stanford University and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.


SCRIPS Program Leadership:

Program Director

  • James R. Goldenring, MD, PhD, Vice Chair for Surgical Research

Associate Program Directors  

  • Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Scientist Development
  • Christopher Williams, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Physician Scientist Education and Training and Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program

 

With support from Sr. Program Manager

  • Amy Martinez, PhD, Program Officer, Office of Research

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