the Division of Physicians and Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis selected four physicians for its second class of Dean’s scholars. The program offers up to two years of financial support and mentorship to aspiring physician-researchers at the start of their careers, as well as time devoted to laboratory research.
The newly appointed class includes: Mary âMaggieâ Mullen, MD; Matthew Shew, MD; Erica Young, MD; and Rong Mei Zhang, MD.
Launched in 2020, the program represents the school’s commitment to address a national shortage of physician-researchers by fostering the career development of physicians who treat patients but who also wish to pursue biomedical research in the laboratory.
Physician-researchers are considered essential in the development of new therapies and approaches to diagnose and treat disease. However, their number is decreasing. While many physician-researchers hold medical and doctoral degrees, the Dean’s Scholars program aims to strengthen the research skills of those who have only completed medical degrees.
Learn more about the fellows and the program on Faculty of Medicine website.