Morris Green Physician Scientist Development Program

The Morris Green Physician Scientist Development Program was created to identify and support pediatric residents and fellows who want to develop careers as pediatric researchers, physician scientists and future academic leaders. The program supports physician scientists-in-training with an annual $3000 stipend, and mentorship and seminars that exceed the training and resources provided in a typical residency and fellowship program.

The program is open to pediatricians with MD, MD/PhD, MD/MPH or MD/MS degrees who have some advanced research training or research experience. Applicants should have a clear focus on academic pediatrics and on developing a research component of his/her career. Program participants meet with their mentor at least quarterly but may meet more frequently.


The Morris Green Physician Scientist Development Program individually tailors each resident’s and fellow’s experience to maximize research opportunities and to match trainees with successful mentors. The curriculum focuses on developing a pediatric physician scientist and provides extensive interactions with mentors, executive committee members and visiting scientists.

Research opportunities range from basic and translational sciences to clinical, public health and health services research. Training includes monthly progress meetings with pediatric physician scientist faculty members, annual retreats focusing on career development, and a pediatric research symposium. Participants gain experience in research methods and explore medical-science ethics and also gain presentation skills. Grant preparation help is provided along with discipline-specific and interdisciplinary role models for mentorship in academic pediatric careers. Program participants receive funding for scientific travel and books and have an opportunity to train for an additional year as a pediatric research fellow after residency.

Once a month, trainees meet with co-directors, select mentors and Executive Committee members to discuss topics such as the importance of protected research time, characteristics of a strong fellowship/faculty candidate, and future funding opportunities. In addition, trainees have the opportunity to present work in progress while getting feedback on their scientific question, methods, results and presentation style.

Each year the program hosts a one-day fall retreat focused on career development and a half-day spring retreat focused on project development. At the fall retreat senior trainees have the opportunity to share their work. Break-out sessions occur throughout the day and an external advisor meets with trainees to review the program to ensure its continual improvement. The retreat is also a time for fun and networking between residents, fellows and faculty mentors.

Program trainees work together each year to choose and invite one or two nationally renowned scientists to visit. Visiting scientists meet with each trainee to give input on his/her research and career plans as well as convene group discussions on topics of interest.

Scholars Day is a research symposium for trainee researchers in the Department of Pediatrics. The scholars host as well as present their research at this event.

Attendance at monthly meetings is mandatory except for instances of prior excused absences which should not exceed 80 percent of monthly meetings. Participants must attend all visiting professor events and the annual retreats.

Program participants help organize all visiting professor activities and take a leadership role in the Scholars Day, including reviewing and selecting abstracts for poster and oral presentation as well as hosting the event. Other responsibilities include helping to organize and implement the annual research retreat and contributing to resident and fellow recruitment by calling and meeting with prospective program candidates.

Residency Track

The program’s residency track is tailored to provide mentorship from the first year to guide academic career development. Restructuring of the typical residency curriculum is allowed, if desired, to allow protected research time and American Board of Pediatrics pathways. A $3000 annual stipend supports books and travel to scientific meetings.

6 months of Year 1Choose a mentor
End of Year 1Determine project title and present briefly on this topic (10 minutes)
End of Year 2Complete at least 2 months of research elective
Year 2 / Year 3Present a work-in-progress (20 minutes)
Year 2 and/or 3Present at Scholars Day and/or national meeting
End of Year 3Present at End-of-the-Year Celebration (30 minutes)

Fellowship Program

For fellows, the program offers additional mentorship and career development opportunities as well as a $3000 stipend for research-related travel, books and expenses with an opportunity for pilot funds.

End of Year 1Present a work-in-progress (45 minutes)
Year 1 and 2Present at Scholars Day and/or national meeting
End of Year 2Present at End-of-the-Year Celebration (30 minutes)


Program participants should complete the Milestones Checklist with their mentor and faculty advisor every six months. Program participants and mentors should complete and sign the Research Progress Report every six months. An annual evaluation is also completed with an external advisor.

About Morris Green, MD

Morris Green, MD, served the families of Indiana for more than 45 years, 20 of which were spent as chairman of Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and the physician-in-chief of James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children. Green was best known for instituting family-centered care at Riley Hospital, a model of care that was quite unconventional at the time. He was an excellent clinician and a pioneer in the field of child emotional and behavioral health. He helped develop the behavioral pediatrics program and very focused on medical education, mentoring many students, residents and young physicians throughout his career.


Morris Green Physician Scientist Program Director
Andrew Schwaderer, MD

Morris Green Physician Scientist Program Coordinator
Melissa Bales

Mentors and Research Areas

Mentors for the Morris Green Physician Scientist Development Program are successful researchers from throughout the Department of Pediatrics; mentors provide research mentorship and are excellent role models for pediatric physician scientists in all pediatric subspeciality research areas.


Morris Green program participants may do research with any investigator from the Department of Pediatrics. Guidance is provided to identify the best mentor for each participant based on his/her interests and experience.

William E. Bennett, MD,  MS

William E. Bennett, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Aaron E. Carroll, MD

Aaron E. Carroll, MD

Regenstrief Foundation Professor I
D. W. Clapp, MD

D. W. Clapp, MD

Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Sharon M. Moe, MD

Sharon M. Moe, MD

Distinguished Professor
Linda A. DiMeglio, MA,  MD,  MPH

Linda A. DiMeglio, MA, MD, MPH

Professor of Pediatrics
James D. Fortenberry, MD,  MS

James D. Fortenberry, MD, MS

Donald Orr, M.D. Professor of Adolescent Medicine
Mark H. Kaplan, PhD

Mark H. Kaplan, PhD

Chair, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Mark R. Kelley, MS,  PhD

Mark R. Kelley, MS, PhD

Betty and Earl Herr Professor of Pediatric Oncology Research
Sophie Paczesny, MD,  PhD

Sophie Paczesny, MD, PhD

Nora Letzter Professor of Pediatrics
Jamie L. Renbarger, MD,  MS

Jamie L. Renbarger, MD, MS

Caroline Symmes Professor of Pediatric Cancer Research
Nancy L. Swigonski, MD

Nancy L. Swigonski, MD

Professor, School of Public Health
Mervin C. Yoder, MA,  MD

Mervin C. Yoder, MA, MD

Distinguished Professor Emeritus