Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Emergency Medicine

Physician Scientist Training Program

The Northwestern Emergency Medicine residency program aims to recruit residents with dual degrees or otherwise unique backgrounds that demonstrate a strong commitment to a career in research for participation in the Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP). The PSTP experience at Northwestern Emergency Medicine is designed to support and facilitate the transition from residency training to a productive career in clinical research.

Program Structure

The emergency medicine PSTP experience at Northwestern utilizes the collaborative interdisciplinary culture of Northwestern and its affiliates and is tailored to the unique needs and interests of individual participants.

Residents entering the program spend PGY1 and PGY2 focusing on clinical development while exploring interests and opportunities, attending research events, connecting with potential mentors, and planning for the next steps of their academic development.

During the PGY3 and PGY4 years, resident scholars work to execute the projects that they have designed with their mentor and program leadership. Dissemination of projects include manuscripts, national presentations, grant submissions, and more.

Guidance and Support

Participants in the PSTP program receive guidance from their research mentor, residency program leadership, and the larger PSTP community at Northwestern. PSTP scholars may work with any research program at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

The spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration that pervades Northwestern creates a dynamic and ideal environment to conduct research. Although PSTP participants may choose any focus of research, the Emergency Medicine faculty have expertise and interests that include:

More information about Department of Emergency Medicine research is available on the Northwestern Scholars website

Application Process

The program is designed for individuals entering residency with a combined degree or an MD degree with a record of intensive research experience. Successful applicants exhibit commitment to a career in academic medicine as a physician-scientist.

All applicants to the Emergency Medicine residency at Northwestern must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). If invited to interview, applicants should pay special attention to interview days that feature PSTP luncheons and attempt to schedule their interview on those particular dates. These dates will be posted on our website as soon as they are released.  

The Department of Emergency Medicine strives to create and maintain a provider population that mirrors the diverse patient population we serve in Chicago. We believe that diverse faculty, residency and fellowship programs are essential to our long-term success as leaders in academic medicine. We embrace all types of diversity as strength and as part of our commitment to excellence in our mission areas of patient care, research, and education. The Department of Emergency Medicine strongly encourages applications from minority candidates who are under-represented in our specialty, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ students.

Northwestern University does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship, or veteran status in matters of admissions, employment, housing, or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates.

Program Benefits

Participants are guaranteed support for their clinical training. Salaries are stipulated by the Office of Graduate Medical Education. The PSTP scholar is supported with supplemental funds to attend select national scientific meetings at which the scholar is presenting research data. In addition, the PSTP scholar is supported to attend educational and career development courses and grant writing courses.

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has the infrastructure and resources to assist McGaw trainees interested in conducting scientific research. Visit our 
Housestaff Research Portal to learn more.

Current Scholar

Priyanka Sista, MD
PSTP Scholar, PGY3
BS: Duke University
MD: University of North Carolina 

Contact Us

Chelsea Harrison
Education Coordinator

Abra Fant, MD, MS
Assistant Residency Program Director, Emergency Medicine
Director of Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, McGaw Medical Center

D. Mark Courtney, MD, MSCI
Research Director, Emergency Medicine