Training Resident Doctors as Innovators in Science (TARDIS)
UT Southwestern Medical Center was awarded 1 of 5 national Physician Scientist Institutional Awards by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to develop the “Training Resident Doctors as Innovators in Science (TARDIS)” program. TARDIS is a residency-focused initiative characterized by a two-year Resident Research-Intensive Training Experience (R²ITE) that enables continuous research engagement during residency and its transitions, and Tiered Mentorship to support the resident throughout training, reinforcing her/his commitment to a career in science, and mitigating real and perceived barriers to MD-based research. The program will continuously support the research residency-fellowship-faculty career transitions for trainees, encompassing the appointment of trainees as faculty upon attainment of a K or equivalent career development award.
Creating a culture of enthusiasm for residency research at UT Southwestern.
The R²ITE track enables continuous research engagement during residency and its transitions.
Mitigating real and perceived barriers to MD-based research through formalized Tiered Mentoring.
Fostering research collaboration and encouraging participation in showcase events, such as the Seldin Symposium.
Mission and Philosophy
The mission of TARDIS is to create and nurture a culture of enthusiasm for residency research at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Our philosophy is that successful MD-based researchers arise from inquisitive MD trainees - the ones who ask the "whys and how’s" about health and disease - who are embraced by a culture of sustained basic science investigation. This culture is created by tiered research mentorship committees who support residents throughout training, reinforcing his/her commitment to a career in science and beyond.