Many residents—not just those planning to pursue fellowships for subspecialty careers—come to the Internal Medicine Residency Program with an interest in basic or clinical research as part of their training. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is home to a growing number of world-class scientists engaged in a broad spectrum of disciplines, including structural biology, drug discovery and design, immunology, neuroscience, organ and tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, cancer diagnostics, bioinformatics and computational biology, gene therapy, and medical device development. In addition, UPMC is a nationally recognized leader in clinical and translational research in nearly every subspecialty field. Our program encourages residents interested in pursuing research, whether a simple project or a career pathway, to take advantage of the many world-class technical and faculty resources available at our institution. A sampling of research projects by our housestaff can be seen by clicking here.
Mentorship is a key component to the success of a research project during residency. Through the Housestaff Mentoring Program and the Resident Career Development Program, interns and residents are matched up with potential research advisors in their field of interest. Read more about mentorship in the Program Overview section.
The Department of Medicine is one of the largest in the country, with more than 600 core faculty members. Through the strength of the department, and particularly the Division of General Medicine, many residents have opportunities to get involved with scholarly activities. The University of Pittsburgh Internal Medicine Residency continually provides support, both in terms of finances and rotation coverage, for residents to present their work at local, national, and international conferences. These include but are not limited to conferences for the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), Association for Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM), American Heart Association (AHA), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), Digestive Disease Week (DDW), and Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA).
For residents with a stronger interest in research, there are two research pathways available. For more information about the American Board of Internal Medicine Research Pathway, please contact Dr. Tom Kleyman. For more information about the Clinical Scientist Track, contact Dr. Kathleen McTigue.