Research and Scholarship

The University of Washington aims to improve public health through discovery and is nationally recognized for excellence in biomedical research.

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Our Environment

Scholarship Spotlights

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.

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Dr. Allyson Goldberg presenting resident research at Senior Scholarship day, 2018.

Our Mission

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.
*Also fulfills ACGME Common Program Requirement for scholarship.

Research Opportunities

There are three primary opportunities for residents interested in research.


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Physician-Scientist Track

Residents with significant prior research experience who plan careers in basic or clinical research may apply directly to our Research Track. Participants in this track follow the ABIM Research Pathway and proceed to combined clinical and research subspecialty fellowship after two years of residency.

Resident poster presentation

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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Mentored research in the lab

Research Elective

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.