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Physician Scientist

David C. Brousseau, MD, MS
PS Pathway Director

The Physician Scientist Pathway is for students interested in complementing their clinical development with the skills required to become clinician-scientists. Through core sessions and a mentored research project, students gain an understanding of the way research improves patient care. Encompassing both basic science and clinical research, this Pathway uses a hypothesis driven research project to provide the student an individualized research experience allowing for the development of broad research skills.

Core components include:

  • Basic epidemiologic and statistical principles
  • Scientific writing and presentations
  • Ethics of research (including human and animal as relevant to specific projects)
  • An individualized, mentored research project

PS Planning Council

Physician Scientist Pathway Activities:

  • Monthly Pathway Physician Scientist Activities Include: Core sessions involving both large group and small group activities.  The activities are intended to improve research skills and further the completion of a research project.
  • Activity examples include: authorship, abstract writing and review, and manuscript preparation.
  • Small group sessions allow for students to present their research and receive critiques from fellow students and faculty.

Annual Physician Scientist Pathway Student Presentation Day:

  • Class of 2013 M3 students recently named the “Physician Scientist Pathway Outstanding Presenter"
  • Utilizing a new Audience Response System (ARS).  Each presenter was critiqued using 4 components loosely based on Glassick’s Criteria, which allowed peers and faculty in the audience to anonymously rate each presentation and the students’ role on the project.
  • The event was sponsored by the Medical College of Wisconsin/Marquette Medical Alumni Association.


Contact Us

Pathways staff are located in the Academic Affairs Office, Suite M3215.

General Inquiries

Pathways Team Lead
Physician Scientist

  Clinical & Translational Research
  Molecular & Cellular Research
Meaghan Hayes, MEd

Global Health,
Health Systems Management & Policy

Urban & Community Health
Hilary Chavez, MS

Clinician Educator,
Quality Improvement & Patient Safety

Jen Kraus