Physician Scientist Track

Stanford Integrated Residency and Fellowship Research Program

The Stanford Integrated Residency and Fellowship Research Program is designed to encourage and support physician-scientists on their research paths.  It is open to MD/PhD residents and other residents who have had extensive prior research experience.  In addition to gaining mentorship through the Stanford Society of Physician Scholars (SSPS), this program allows research-focused residents to have dedicated funding for a Stanford fellowship.

Selection Process

Two to four pediatrics residents will be selected based on their interest in applying to a pediatrics fellowship program and commitment to a career in research.  Potential candidates will be identified through self-nomination during their residency interviews or during residency.  A committee will select the residents accepted into the program based on past training, research experience, their personal statement, and interviews.

Description of the Program

  • Residents have the opportunity for dedicated research time during residency (up to 6 months on the categorical pediatrics track, 11 months on the Alternative Research Pathway, and 8 months on the Integrated Research Pathway). 
  • Residents will have the opportunity to meet with and be mentored by a number of potential research and career mentors. 
  • Residents will be highly competitive for a fellowship position of their choice provided all clinical competencies are achieved. 
  • Residents will be funded during their fellowship training if they choose to stay at Stanford. 
  • Residents will be encouraged to apply for the Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP).
Through this program, residents have successfully matched into the fellowships of their choosing and been able to continue to build upon their research training during residency.

Stanford Pediatric Residents Who Have Been Inducted into the Stanford Integrated Residency and Fellowship Research Program


Danielle Shin, MD, PhD: will be a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellow 


Sharon Paige, MD, PhD: will be a Pediatric Cardiology Fellow 


Zachary Sellers, MD, PhD: will be a Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellow 


Trung Pham, MD, PhD: now a Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellow at Stanford 


Rebecca Kunder, MD, PhD: now Pediatric Rheumatology Fellow at Stanford 

Eric Nelson, MD, PhD: now Post-Doc/Global Health Fellow at Stanford 


Becky Blankenburg, MD, MPH
Residency Program Director

Mark Kay, MD, PhD
Associate Chair for Research