Physician-Scientist Training Program

ABIM Research Pathway

The mission of the Vanderbilt University Internal Medicine Residency is to promote discovery of new biomedical knowledge and translation of this knowledge to patient care through the training and development of physician-scientists. The Vanderbilt Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP) is strongly committed to the career development of physician-scientists who utilize the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Research Pathway to facilitate combined clinical and research training. Training is enhanced by membership in the Harrison Society, a select peer group of physician-scientists in training that facilitates mentoring by Vanderbilt faculty and distinguished visiting professors.

Since 1999, the Vanderbilt PSTP has attracted incoming residents who seek high quality clinical training combined with cutting edge research opportunities and who aspire to become future leaders in academic medicine. 44 alumni have completed the program since its inception.  Currently, 29 residents/fellows representing 20 different medical schools are enrolled in the program.  On average, we matriculate 4-5 new trainees each year.  Two-thirds of our trainees hold combined M.D. and Ph.D. degrees.

Tinsley Randolph Harrison Society

Participants in the Physician-Scientist Training Program will become lifetime members of the Tinsley Randolph Harrison Society, an organization dedicated to the preservation of science in clinical medicine and to the scientific literacy of physicians who use this knowledge at the bedside.  

The Society is named after Tinsley R. Harrison who served as the first Chief Resident in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University, and who became one of the premier academic physicians in this country. The Society exists to promote medical research relevant to internal medicine as a career discipline. The purposes of the Society are to benefit and aid the education, research, and patient care missions of its members by holding forums and meetings, and publishing appropriate educational materials approved by its members. The Society also exists to support new initiatives in education, biomedical research, and patient care for the benefit of physicians who practice internal medicine.

View this video to learn more about the Harrison Society and the PSTP at VUMC.


Harrison Society Scholars - Participants in the Physician-Scientist Training Program become life-long members of the Harrison Society.

Student Members - Participants in the Vanderbilt Medical Scientist Training (MD/PhD) Program who are pursuing internal medicine residency training qualify for membership in this category during their last year of medical school.

Honorary Members - Honorary membership in the Harrison Society will be bestowed on visiting professors

Activities and Meetings

Visiting Professorships - Members will convene four times per year on the occasion of visits by distinguished physician-scientists invited to Vanderbilt University by the Society.

Harrison Seminar Series: A monthly meeting will be convened amongst the Society Membership (current scholars and alums). Diverse programming includes selected invited lecturers, research-in-progress, and career development panel discussions. This forum is designed to foster enriched peer-to-peer mentoring and networking - major benefits of societal activities.



W. Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD

Cornelius Abernathy Craig Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry
Chair, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Physician-in-Chief, Vanderbilt University Hospital
Deputy Director for Research Integration and Career Development, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Executive Secretary

Patrick J. Hu, MD , PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Cell and Developmental Biology, and Cancer Biology
Director, Physician-Scientist Training Program
Co-Leader, Cell Signaling Group, Diabetes Research and Training Center
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

"Sarah Andrews"


Program Manager

Sarah Andrews

Physician-Scientist Training Program
Vanderbilt University Medical Center