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Financial Support

Salaries during the TARDIS gap year will be commensurate with the current salary scale offered for the traditional categorical residents. Additionally, trainees will receive a stipend for purchasing books, laboratory consumables, funding research project needs, attending a scientific meeting, and debt abatement.


TARDIS is designed for individuals who hold an M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree. M.D.s with a Master's degree and/or other substantial research experience will also be considered.

Current residents within the departments of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Surgery are encouraged to apply. Individuals seeking entry into TARDIS will be independently interviewed and reviewed by members of the TARDIS Executive Committee.

Application Requirements

  • Meet with the Residency Program Director to discuss participation in the TARDIS Program.
  • Meet with Dr. Dwight Towler to discuss the desire to obtain investigative training, any known specific research interests, and long-term career plans and goals.
  • Complete an application form and send with a current CV, and personal statement to Marieshia Hicks.
  • Program Director will submit nomination letter to TARDIS Executive Committee.
  • Interview with TARDIS Executive Committee.

Application Timeline

  • July 1: The TARDIS application opens and is available to UTSW residents in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Surgery.
  • August 1: TARDIS application screening begins
  • September–December: TARDIS interviews
  • By early February: TARDIS interviewees are notified of final acceptance decisions.
  • Program entry: July 1 at the earliest, but could be later.