Translational Investigator Program
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) and Joy Wu, MD/PhD (Endocrinology). 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.
- Apply through ERAS to the Stanford Internal Medicine Residency Program (Categorical Program).
- If you are invited to interview, you will be asked if you are interested in also interviewing for TIP.
- If you wish to interview with TIP, you will have a two-day interview rather than a single-day interview. The first day will be the standard interview day for the residency program, and the second day will be an interview day specifically for TIP. You will be asked which subspecialty area (e.g. Cardiology, Oncology, etc.) you wish to interview with; if you would like to interview with more than one subspecialty area, we will be happy to accommodate.
- Your TIP interview day will be designed to expose you to the extremely rich and vibrant scientific community at Stanford. We will focus the day on your specific areas of interest, and we will facilitate interviews with any specific faculty you wish to meet with whenever possible.
- Shortly after your TIP interview day, we will let you know if you have been accepted into TIP. Acceptance into TIP includes acceptance into the subspecialty fellowship program(s) you interviewed with, assuming a solid clinical performance during residency. If you are not accepted into TIP, you can still match with the Categorical residency program and take advantage of the scientific/research opportunities available through either the Basic Science/Translational Research Pathway of Distinction or the Clinical Research/Quality Improvement Pathway of Distinction. More info on Pathway of Distinction can be found here.
- We do not have a separate match number through NRMP for TIP. If you interviewed with TIP and have been informed that you were accepted into the program, you will automatically become a member of TIP if you match at Stanford for your residency training.