Physician Scientist Training Program

The Anesthesiology Physician Scientist Development Program (APSDP) is a post graduate training program designed to develop exceptional clinicians and scholars. The Medical College of Wisconsin provides an outstanding pathway for the development of leaders in Anesthesiology through the combination of a rigorous clinical training program and focused research. The APSDP program is designed to enhance the career development of future physician scientists who are clinically skilled and able to conduct state-of-the-art research.

The Program is designed to attract graduating medical students that already have a strong background in research and whom aspire to be academic faculty; poised to conduct basic and translational research examining the clinical benefit of discovery made in the laboratory. The APSDP program is supported by the department in conjunction with an NIH T32 postdoctoral training grant, which is one of only fifteen T32 grants within anesthesiology in the country. View all 15 Anesthesiology Postdoctoral Research Training Program Institutions.

Notably, the program at MCW is the only T32 grant in any medical specialty, that we are aware of, that protects a minimum of 4 months of research during each year of clinical training. Our experience with this arrangement has been extremely positive allowing the resident to grow in clinical skills, medical knowledge and research competitiveness through out the program.

Benefits of the program

  • The flexibility to choose a research pathway that suits the trainees needs. Options include:
    1. A clinical residency training program combined with a research fellowship that is individualized for maximum flexibility in scheduling to enable the integration of research throughout residency training extended over a 5 year program
    2. An intensive research training with 12 -24 consecutive months as a medical resident.
    3. Another individualized custom research training option, such as research integrated with a clinical fellowship or clinical duties as faculty
  • Cumulative time spent in research is up to 24 months
  • Opportunities for research outside the Anesthesiology Department
  • Research stipend provided for each year of integrated research fellowship
  • Provision of annual academic allowance for travel to meetings and to fund training–related expenses
  • Availability of coursework in related disciplines
  • Mentorship to enhance the transition from trainee to independent investigator

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Thomas Ebert, Vice Chair, Department of Anesthesiology (tjebert@mcw.edu) for more information.

Current and recent trainees

Trainee Years Current Position
William Gross, MD, PhD 2014 –2018 PGY-VI, MCW
Christopher Roberts, MD, PhD 2013 –2018 Faculty, MCW
Maia Terashvili, PhD 2016 –2018 Postdoctoral fellow in Zeljko Bosnjak lab, MCW
Julie Freed, MD, PhD 2011 – 2016 Assistant Professor in Cardiac Anesthesia and Research
Joseph Fisher, PhD 2013 – 2014 Postdoctoral fellow in Sridhar Rao lab, BRI
Justin Miller, PhD 2014 Faculty Carthage College