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Department of Pathology
University of Pittsburgh
School of Medicine
S-417 BST
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
(412) 648-9550


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Department of Pathology
Pathologist Investigator Residency
Training Program (PIRT)


Mission statement:

The PIRT program at the University of Pittsburgh is designed to train academic pathologists to become independently funded principal investigators in disease-oriented research, and to play leading roles in combined research/diagnostic careers.

PIRT also aims to enhance the visibility of pathology as a career track among undergraduate, medical, graduate and MD-PhD students.

Program requirements:

Qualified PIRT trainees will be expected to meet the requirements for high-ranking acceptance to the Pathology Residency program and show evidence of strong commitment to an investigational academic career. The PI training track includes protected research support in addition to ACGME residency training in Anatomic and/or Clinical Pathology, with longitudinal guidance from a career advisory committee.

While it is anticipated that applicants will have a Ph.D. degree in a relevant field, the possibility of combined Residency-Ph.D. training in the University of Pittsburgh Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program will be considered for select applicants.

To remain in good standing, accepted PIRT trainees are expected to:

  1. Meet with committee members every 6 months.
  2. Complete the research year at least one year before the end of residency training (i.e., submit a Phase II application by Oct 1 of their first or second year).
  3. Coordinate with the residency program in scheduling May-June rotations that will allow them to complete the grantsmanship course that meets once a week mid-May to mid-July at the beginning of their research year.

Application Procedure:

The Phase I application is ordinarily completed when the applicant is interviewing for residency programs, and focuses upon the applicant's motivation, research background, and potential for independent research.

Once accepted into the residency phase of the program, the PIRT trainee is expected to assemble a provisional advisory committee consisting of a PIRT committee member and two other pathology faculty by the end of the summer, and begin holding semi-annual meetings. This committee is charged with assisting in the selection of a suitable research laboratory, coordinating the timing of relevant pathology rotations, and longitudinal career advice for research and the diagnostic aspects of the trainee's career.

Upon selection of a primary research mentor and project, the trainee will submit a Phase II application by Oct. 1 of the year preceding the research year. The Phase II application considers the timing of the trainee's proposed research year, the quality of the training plan and mentor, and serves as the application for PIRT funding support of the trainee's research phase salary. The primary mentor must hold a primary appointment in Pathology to qualify for Departmental funding. The applicant should be prepared to make alternative arrangements for funding should the primary mentor not qualify for PIRT funding.

At this time, the committee will be adjusted, if necessary, to include the research mentor, a PIRT committee member, and one or two other faculty reflecting either additional research training needs or the trainee's chosen clinical subspecialty.

PIRT Selection Committee:

Current trainees:

Edward Plowey, MD, PhD
Started Pathology residency training: 2005
PIRT funded research year: 2006-2007
Research mentor: Charleen Chu

Julia Kofler, MD
Started Pathology residency training: 2005
PIRT funded research year: 2007-08
Research mentor: Clayton Wiley

Ken Clark, MD
PIRT funded research year 2005-2006.
Research mentor Jorge Sepulveda.

Recent Physician-Scientists* trained by the University of Pittsburgh Pathology Residency Program:

Scott Kulich, MD, PhD
AP/CP/NP training: 1996-2003.
Research mentor during training: Charleen Chu, MD, PhD
Current position: Assistant Professor of Pathology, Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs Hospital

Rafael Medina-Flores, MD
NP training: 2001-2003
Research mentor during training: Clayton Wiley, MD, PhD
Current position: Assistant Professor of Pathology, Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs Hospital

Marie DeFrances, MD, PhD
AP training: 1997-2001, University of Pittsburgh
Research mentor during training: George Michalopoulos
Current position: Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh

Rebecca Crowley, MD, MS
AP/Medical Informatics training: 1997-2001, University of Pittsburgh
Research mentor during training: Michael Becich
Current position: Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh

David Krisky, MD, PhD.
AP training: 1999-2002, University of Pittsburgh
Research mentor during training: Joseph Glorioso
Current position: Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh



*Funded principal investigators or those with start-up support to develop independent research program.

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