Translational Investigator Program

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The goal of Stanford’s Translational Investigator Program (TIP) is to provide unparalleled training and mentorship for individuals planning research-intensive careers. The TIP guarantees a fellowship slot for all participants contingent on a solid clinical performance during residency. Applicants are also free to apply to other fellowship programs if they wish.

TIP is designed to integrate clinical and research training beginning in internship (PGY-1) and extending to the completion of a subspecialty fellowship program. In addition to the intensive mentorship opportunities for all Internal Medicine residents, members of TIP are welcomed into the robust community of physician-scientists at Stanford and will be paired with faculty mentors who best suit their career interests. Monthly events are held for TIP members at all training levels, with activities ranging from discussions with leading physician-scientists to skills-based sessions (e.g. learning keys to writing successful grant applications).

Some members of TIP choose to ‘short-track’ into fellowship via the ABIM’s Research Pathway, in which residency training is completed in 2 years in exchange for additional research time during fellowship. However, there is no requirement to short-track, and participants may elect to complete 3 full years of clinical training. Our goal is to provide the best experience for each individual in preparation for a physician-scientist career. The decision to short-track is made jointly between the trainee and the residency program and does not affect the fellowship guarantee.

This program has a long and proud history of training premier physician-scientists who have become leaders in fields throughout Internal Medicine. While most members of TIP have joint MD/PhD degrees, a PhD is not a strict requirement -- though applicants should have a record of substantial research experience.

TIP is led by Ravi Majeti, MD/PhD (Hematology), Jeffrey Glenn, MD/PhD (Gastroenterology), Joy Wu, MD/PhD (Endocrinology), Vinicio de Jesus Perez, MD (Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine), and Joshua Knowles, MD/PhD (Cardiovascular Medicine). The application process for TIP is described on this page. Please feel free to contact the residency leadership if you have any questions about TIP.