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2023 American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI), Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM), and Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) Research Pathway Directors Annual Workshop

Supporting Physician-Scientist Trainees during Critical Career Transitions

Sunday, April 23, 2023, Swissôtel, Chicago

Group photo of 2023 ASCI/AAIM/BWF Research Pathway Directors Workshop participants.
2023 ASCI/AAIM/BWF Research Pathway Directors Annual Workshop participants.

Our purpose: to gather faculty and staff engaged in training physician-scientists at the pre- and post-graduate level to share best practices and network around the theme of Supporting Physician-Scientist Trainees during Critical Career Transitions.

Keynote Perspectives Address

Strengthening our Achilles Heel: Differing Perspectives to Supporting Physician-Scientist Trainees during Salient Career Transitions

Sallie Permar, MD, PhD
Nancy C. Paduano Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine; Pediatrician-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center; Professor of Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis at the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences

Ashley Steed, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Critical Care Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine

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Trainee Perspective Panel

Challenges and Opportunities at Transitions


  • Alison Affinati, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, ASCI 2023 Young Physician-Scientist Awardee
  • Luay Almassalha, MD, PSTP Trainee, Fellow in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University
  • Mona Mashayekhi, MD, PhD, Instructor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, ASCI 2023 Emerging-Generation Awardee
  • Alex Waldman, MD/PhD Student, APSA President, National Institutes of Health-Oxford Scholar, Emory Medical Scientist Training Program

Quick Shots

Rapid-fire session providing an opportunity for the community to share innovative programming they are developing to support residency/fellowship physician-scientist training:

  • Carolina Child Health Scholars Program: UNC Pediatric Physician-Scientist Training Program – Provided by Misty Good, MD, MS
  • University of Cincinnati Physician-Scientist Pathways – Provided by Jack Rubenstein, MD
  • Precision Training: Utilizing Learner-Centered Pedagogy – Provided by Megan Vallowe, PhD
  • The Pathways Rotation – A 2 week course to stimulate intellectual curiosity – Provided by Jatin Vyas, MD, PhD

Breakout Groups

Opportunity for interactive dialogue on strategies to retain trainees at key career transitions. Topic focused on how to support trainees during transitions:

  • Medical School to Residency
  • Clinical Training Back to Research
  • Residency/Fellowship to First Faculty Position

Planning Committee:


  • Audrea Burns, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Christopher Williams, MD, PhD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Committee Members:

  • Olujimi Ajijola, MD, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Rebecca M. Baron, MD, Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
  • Paige Cooper Byas, PhD, Burroughs Wellcome Fund
  • Keith Choate, MD, PhD, Yale School of Medicine
  • Charles W. Emala, MD, Columbia University
  • Holger K. Eltzschig, MD, PhD, McGovern Medical School, University of Texas
  • Emily Gallagher, MD, PhD, Mount Sinai
  • Patrick J. Hu, MD, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Nima Mosammaparast, MD, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD, Yale University
  • Kyu Rhee, MD, PhD, Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Don C. Rockey, MD, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Ashley Steed, MD, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • David Stoltz,MD, PhD, University of Iowa
  • Jatin Vyas, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital

This Workshop was generously supported by: