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Emergency Medicine PSTP

The Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP) experience in the Department of Emergency Medicine is designed to support and facilitate the transition from residency training to a productive career in clinical research.

past scholars learn about emergency medicine research

Program Details

 Program Structure

Residents in the program spend PGY-1 and PGY-2 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 PGY-3 and PGY-4 years, resident scholars work to execute the projects they’ve designed with their mentors and program leadership. Dissemination of projects include manuscripts, national presentations and grant submissions.

 Guidance & Support

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:

  • Emergency medical services
  • Geriatric emergency medicine
  • Global health
  • Health communications
  • Health disparities
  • Health literacy
  • Health services research
  • Healthcare quality
  • Information systems
  • Medical education
  • Mass event management
  • Patient education
  • Patient safety
  • Pulmonary thromboembolism
  • Quality improvement
  • Resuscitation
  • Sepsis
  • Simulation
  • Sports medicine
  • Stroke
  • Sudden cardiac death
  • Toxicology

 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. 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 the How to Apply page 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 underrepresented 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.


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.

Contact Us

Alex Lo, MD, PhD

Director of Resident Research