Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

 Internal Medicine Residency Program 

Research and Scholarly Activities

SGIM presenter

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 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, personalized medicine, 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 to take advantage of the many world-class technical and faculty resources available at our institution.

Leadership and Discovery Program (LEAD)

The LEAD program was implemented in 2012 as a formal component of our Internal Medicine Residency Training Program. It was designed in response to a desire in our residents for a structured curriculum for them to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to design and implement academic projects. Its objective is to enhance resident opportunities for discovery and future leadership in the field of medicine through a structured, three-year program to augment research, develop critical appraisal skills, and support self-directed scholarship in a wide variety of scholarly tracks. By fostering the skills necessary to carry out a scholarly project, residents are expected by the end of their third year of training to present their project at a local, regional, or national meeting or in a peer-reviewed journal. Click here to read more about the LEAD program.

Participation in Professional Conferences

SGIM presenter

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 overage, 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).


Research Pathways

For residents with a stronger interest in research, there are two research pathways available. For more information about theAmerican Board of Internal Medicine Research Pathway, please contact Dr. Jessica Bon Field. For more information about the Clinical Scientist Track, contact 
Dr. Kathleen McTigue.


Housestaff Scholarly Activity

We are very proud of our housestaff research activity! Due to our world-class facilities, faculty mentors, protected research time, and hard work, our residents have been very productive in the academic sphere. Here is a list of publications and presentations at national meetings that our housestaff were involved with during the 2017-2018 academic year:

Oral Presentations
Poster Presentations
Senior Talks
Other Presentations
Honors and Awards