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.
Career Pathways and Journal Club
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. Additionally, senior residents organize monthly Journal Club discussions to further broaden housestaff exposure to topics and faculty representing basic and clinical research as well as health policy and international health.
MGH Physician Scientist Pathway | ABIM Research Track
For residents planning careers in research-oriented academic medicine, the Department of Medicine offers 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. Directed by Marie Demay, MD, the MGH Physician Scientist Pathway offers focused mentoring and adjustment of the internship schedule in coordination with the Chief Residents and Firm Chiefs. An early elective block in the specialty of interest and time for travel during the interview season are 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 program have intensive mentoring during internship that leads to three or more (?)months of science research elective in the second and third years.
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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