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Pathway Director


Lisa Vande Vusse, MD

Associate Program Director – Research and Scholarship
Internal Medicine Residency Program

This Research Pathway is intended for trainees actively pursuing  careers as investigators in basic/translational science or clinical research. After two years of full-time clinical training in Internal Medicine, participants who are competent in the ACGME core competencies transition to combined clinical and research training during subspecialty fellowship.

Up to four UW Internal Medicine residents may participate in any academic year. Program leaders commit to helping qualified candidates identify faculty mentors and apply for subspecialty fellowships. Since our pathway's inception in 2001, the vast majority of participants matched to their top-ranked subspecialty fellowship.

Participants from our program:

  • have extensive prior research experience with or without MD/PhD degrees
  • match into our Categorical Track, then communicate interest in the pathway to the Program Director early in the R1 year 
  • usually complete research training during subspecialty fellowship at UW or another institution
  • have the same R1 and R2 curriculum as other Categorical Track residents
  • are not eligible for Research Electives

Although sometimes referred to as “fast-tracking”, this pathway does not shorten and sometimes lengthens total training time. Instead, it dedicates more time to research training and less time to clinical training. The ABIM emphasizes that participants who change career paths from investigator to clinician must complete the standard requirements for duration of clinical training in order to be board-eligible in Internal Medicine. 


Candidates who are considering this pathway should apply to our Categorical Track through ERAS. We encourage you to write about your research and career interests in your personal statement and include a Letter of Recommendation from your research advisor or MSTP Director. We require only the ERAS application with supporting documents described for all applicants here.

You may contact the Program Director or Associate Program Director for Research & Scholarship for more information.


R2 Class of 2021-2022 

PGY3 Plans 

Lauren Jatt, MD 

Fellowship in Infectious Diseases, University of Washington 

Kevin Levine, MD, PhD 

Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology, University of Washington 

Andrew Wescott, MD, PhD 

Fellowship in Cardiology, University of Washington 

R2 Class of 2020-2021 


Sally (Sarah) Baker, MD, PhD 

Fellowship in Infectious Diseases, University of Washington 

Steven Blinka, MD, PhD 

Fellowship in Medical Oncology, University of Washington 

Thomas Fitzpatrick, MD 

Fellowship in Infectious Diseases, University of Washington