Massachusetts General Hospital has the largest hospital-based research program in the United States. MGH’s rich history in basic and clinical research touches on nearly every facet of internal medicine. Our vibrant academic community forms a key component of housestaff training through support of resident research and scholarly endeavors. Each year, internal medicine residents present at national meetings and publish original research while working closely with mentors who are leaders in their fields. Residents have pursued research in clinical trials, epidemiology, basic science, translational science, health policy and ethics, and international health. The residency program advances research and mentorship through our Tools of Human Investigation course, career pathway conferences, and the physician-scientist pathway.
Throughout the year, residents have the opportunity to learn about different career models in academic medicine through a series of career pathway conferences. Invited speakers from a wide range of specialties and fields discuss their own career development during interactive sessions open to all residents.
MGH Physician Scientist Pathway (PSP)
Guided by the belief that residents planning careers focused on basic investigation require rigorous clinical training as well as mentorship to foster their scientific careers, the Department of Medicine offers the Physician Scientist Pathway, led by Jay Rajagopal, MD and Jatin Vyas, MD, PhD. Interns and residents receive mentoring from leading physician-scientists in the Department of Medicine on development of their scientific career. The clinical curriculum can be stylized to meet the needs of individual residents. Residents in the PSP can also participate in the ABIM Research Pathway or "short-track" in which residents complete the clinical component of residency training in two years, followed by extended fellowship training in basic or clinical research. An early elective block in the specialty of interest is incorporated into the internship schedule. During the second year, residents may pursue specific research electives and senior-level clinical rotations at the end of the academic year. Residents interested in a three-year physician scientist pathway receive intense mentoring and research electives to gain exposure to the wide variety of science conducted at MGH.
With the assistance of program leadership, residents identify mentorship and research projects at MGH and throughout the Harvard system, including Harvard Medical School and other Boston-based research institutions. In addition, the MGH Global Health program provides the opportunity to work abroad to participate in research on an international scale.
Housestaff experiences with research and mentorship begin early with careful advising from the Chief Residents, Firm Chiefs, and Program Directors to define career interests and goals for the residency years. Advisors meet with residents twice yearly with additional guidance as needed, with a focus on identifying mentors at MGH. Residents may also use the research and mentorship database to explore opportunities for collaboration.
MGH Basic Research Programs
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