Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

   Internal Medicine Residency Program

Life Changing Residency



Jessica Bon Field, MD, MS
Director, ABIM Track


"One of the great aspects of fast-tracking at UPMC is that fellows, especially those in the fast-track program, are encouraged to find research mentors in any department to help them pursue their future goals. I have discussed research opportunities in my chosen field of Rheumatology, but also in Pulmonology, Oncology, and the department of Immunology. In the end I will likely work in a collaborative environment with 1-2 mentors as UPMC in an extremely open and sharing community."

Jeremy Tilstra, MD, PhD

ABIM Research Pathway


American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Research Pathway

Why the Research pathway at the University of Pittsburgh?

The research pathway was established by the ABIM in 1997 with the recognition of the importance in training general and subspecialty internists as research scientists. It is intended for residents who seek academic careers in basic, translational or clinical research. Successful applicants have devoted one or more years to full-time research, and are graduates of U.S. medical schools. Typically, the resident accepted into this pathway will complete two years of clinical training in the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program and have tentatively selected a subspecialty area of focus. Provided that the resident demonstrates a high level of clinical proficiency during these first two years, he or she will then forgo the third year of residency training and go on to complete three additional years of mentored research in the chosen field of interest. The field of interest may be general internal medicine or one of the internal medicine subspecialties. Depending on the fellowship program, one to two years of clinical fellowship training in addition to the three years of research will need to be completed. In most instances, the total time commitment for participation in this pathway is the same as a standard 3-year residency followed by a fellowship. The ABIM Research Pathway is well-supported financially, with full funding for meetings and research needs as well as supplemental monetary support for trainees in the research pathway during their research years of fellowship training.

What makes this program different from those at other institutions?

In addition to the outstanding medical training and individualized career development that you will receive from our innovative residency training curriculum, you will become a member of the University of Pittsburgh Research community. The University of Pittsburgh is ranked fifth in the nation among medical schools for National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding. The Department of Medicine is composed of over 600 faculty who are diverse, committed, and productive. Over the last 10 years, the department has seen steady growth in NIH research funding that includes more than eight T32s, and exceeds $100 million in NIH funding in Fiscal Year 2010. At UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh, we guarantee fellowship positions in any subspecialty that you choose. We recognize that translational research today cuts across many fields and specialties, making it difficult to choose one area of concentration early in your career. Our major focus is in finding you a successful research mentor within the rich environment of the University and preparing you for a career as a physician scientist.

How do I apply?

Apply through the categorical program (NRMP 1652140C0) indicating your interest in the Research Pathway on your application. We will contact you for supplemental information about your specific research interests and to arrange meetings with key faculty in your field. For more information about the general application procedures, visit our How to Apply page. For a printable pdf outline of the Research Pathway, please click here.


What might my schedule look like as a Research Pathway resident?

PGY1 5-6 Months of Inpatient Floors
  • 3-4 Months General Medicine
  • 1 Month Cardiology
  • 1 Month Hematology/Oncology
1 Month Medical ICU
1 Month CCU
1 Month Ambulatory Block
2-3 Months Electives
2 Weeks Night Float
Continuity clinic 1 full day per week every other month (elective month)
PGY2 4 Months of Inpatient Floors
  • 2 Months General Medicine
  • 1 Month Cardiology
  • 1 Month Hematology/Oncology
1-2 Months ICU (Medical ICU or CCU)
2 Months Ambulatory Blocks
2-3 Months Electives
1 Month Outpatient Geriatrics
2 Weeks Night Float/2 Weeks VA Emergent Care Center
Continuity clinic 1 full day per week every other month (elective month)
Three Years of Mentored Research

At least 3 years of research training at 80% commitment is required.

During internal medicine research training, 20% of each year must be spent in clinical experiences, including ½ day per week in a continuity clinic.

The research experience of trainees should be mentored and reviewed; training should include completion of work leading to a graduate degree (if not already acquired) or its equivalent.

The last year of research training may be undertaken in a full-time faculty position if the level of commitment to mentored research is maintained at 80%.

12-24 Months of Additional Clinical Fellowship Training (if Subspecializing) 12 Months

Allergy/Immunology; Critical Care Medicine; Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism; Geriatrics; Hematology; Infectious Diseases; Nephrology; Oncology; Pulmonary Medicine; Rheumatology; Women's Health

18 Months

Gastroenterology, Hematology/Oncology, Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine, Rheumatology/Allergy/Immunology

24 Months



For additional information about this pathway, please contact Dr. Jessica Bon Field, the research pathway director.