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Department of Pediatrics : Research : Pediatric-Scientist (K12) Program

Newly graduated physicians entering all disciplines of Pediatrics have a fabulous opportunity to bring science to medicine at a level of sophistication that is truly unprecedented. The Department of Pediatrics offers a Physician-Scientist Training Pathway (Pediatric K12) that provides a unique experience designed to train physicians to become what physician-scientist, Dr. Kaushansky, refers to as “bilingual” in medicine, that is, to speak the languages of clinical medicine and basic science.

Since 2007, our trainees have had the opportunity to bring their clinical observations to the laboratory for in-depth study and to translate the basic mechanisms of development, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacogenetics, cell biology and microbiology to the realm of child health to achieve improvements in the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention of childhood and adolescent diseases.

Training Pathway

Following their Pediatric residency and/or fellowship, applicants interested in the Physician-Scientist Pathway must apply for acceptance into this two or three year program. Each scholar works with the Pediatrics K12 Program Committee to develop a unique and self-tailored intensive research training program that will result in accomplishments in the laboratory that will translate to clinical child health practices.

In participating in this program, each scholar will have access to a broad team of mentors in various subspecialties within the realm of child health research. Our faculty, known for their outstanding clinical skills and cutting edge research, welcomes the opportunity to mentor our next generation of physician-scientists. This type of nurturing environment is ideal for a junior physician faculty or senior fellow devoted to crafting an independent academic career in pediatrics and child health research.

Prior MUSC Pediatric Physician-Scientist (K12) Trainees

  • Terry Dixon, M.D., Ph.D. (2009)
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases
    Project Title: Fungal Infections in the Immunocompromised Patient
  • Anthony Hlavacek, M.D. (2008)
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Cardiology
    Project Title: State-of-the-art Measures of Global Cardiac Function and Brain Blood Flow in Infants Exposed to Maternal Chorioamnionitis
  • Sarah Taylor. M.D. (2007)
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology
    Project Title: Study of Vitamin D Requirement in Preterm Infants

Contact Us

For more information about MUSC’s Pediatric Physician-Scientist (K12) Training Pathway, please contact:

Dr. Phil Saul (Co-Recruitment Officer)
Physician-in-Chief, MUSC’s Children’s Hospital
Phone: 843-792-3287
E-mail: saulp@musc.edu

Dr. Carol Wagner (Co-Recruitment Officer)
Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Director, CTSA
Phone: 843-792-2112
E-mail: wagnercl@musc.edu