Education and Training
We recognize the importance of competing for federal training grants and its role in making the Department of Medicine a hub for research training. Nationally recognized strength in research training is critical in the recruitment of promising young research scientists and physician scientists, the mechanism by which the Department builds its scientist pipeline. Thanks to our commitment to excellence in research training and our strong emphasis on federal training grants, the Department’s Divisions and individuals have been extremely successful in receiving federal funding to support research training.
R38 Training Grant
Through an NIH R38 grant and in collaboration with the Departments of Pathology, Pediatrics, and Surgery, the Pittsburgh Innovation in Collaborative Training of Residents alliance, or PICTOR alliance program, provides residents with dedicated research time during residency to foster the next generation of physician scientists. Drawing upon the experience of established investigators focused on research along the continuum of the lifespan, from childhood to adulthood and from health to disease, residents may focus in either basic translational or clinical translational research in the cardiovascular, lung, sleep, and blood fields.
NRSA T32 Training Grants
The Department of Medicine leads a number of T32 training grants. Click the links below to navigate to each Division’s T32 program information.
- Endocrinology and Metabolism
- Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
- General Internal Medicine
- Geriatric Medicine
- Infectious Diseases
- Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine
- Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology
- Vascular Medicine Institute
In addition to programmatic training grants, the Department’s junior investigators, under the mentorship of our seasoned faculty, have several individual National Research Service Awards (NRSA), VA Career Development Awards, and Foundation training grants.
Career Development Awards for Junior Faculty (K-Awards)
The Department facilitates grant writing courses to enable junior investigators to secure federally funded Career Development Awards. The department faculty have 28 current K awards from the NIH. In addition, the department is home to the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE), which is the University of Pittsburgh’s premier clinical and translational research training program as well as the Research Education and Career Development Core of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). The ICRE offers several degree programs (e.g., certificate, MS, and PhD in Clinical and Translational Science, and a certificate and MS in Medical Education) as well as multiple training and career development programs (e.g., TL1, KL2, K12 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Scholars Program).