Our Spotlight on Resident Scholarship gives a closer look at some unique projects and publications by our Internal Medicine residents.
The University of Washington ranks among the top academic research institutions in NIH funding. The growing UW Medicine research community is characterized by interdisciplinary collaboration, diversity, and depth.
The Department of Medicine is rich with experienced mentors whose expertise spans a wide breadth of scholarship opportunities. Our Internal Medicine residents have a history of scholarship success including publishing in many forums and presenting at local, regional, national, and international meetings.
Our program’s mission is to train leaders in medicine whether they plan to work in academics, community practice, biomedical research, healthcare policy and administration, or other areas. In pursuit of this goal, we expect all residents to engage in significant scholarly activity*. Through this activity, residents will:
- Learn to critically analyze and apply literature.
- Gain appreciation for the process of discovery.
- Improve scientific communication skills.
- Clarify and advance their own career development.
There are three primary opportunities for residents interested in research.
ABIM Research Pathway
Residents with significant prior research experience who plan careers in basic or clinical research may pursue this pathway. Sometimes referred to as “fast-tracking”, participants in this pathway proceed to combined clinical and research subspecialty fellowship after two years of residency. More information is available on the Research Pathway page.
Physician-Scientist Learning Pathway
The Physician-Scientist Learning Pathway includes dedicated time for research projects with expert mentorship, a core curriculum, a works-in-progress meeting, and a capstone senior elective that helps pathway members integrate their roles as clinicians and scientists to answer questions that matter. Through pathway activities, participants will build relationships with subspecialty fellowship programs.
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All residents in the Seattle Categorical or Primary Care tracks may apply for up to three months of elective time to complete a mentored research project. In the spirit of discovery, residents participating in these electives present their work at numerous local, regional, and national meetings.
Support for Research and other scholarship
To meet each resident’s unique goals, we offer structured mentorship and several learning pathways that incorporate scholarship activities. The Associate Program Director for Research & Scholarship is available to address any questions about resident scholarship.