Research Pathway

The ABIM Research Pathway ("Fast-Tracking")

This Research Pathway is intended for trainees who seek academic careers as investigators in basic science or clinical research. While not designed as a way to get into fellowship sooner, we fully support residents who believe that this is the best training option for them. Training in the Research Pathway is not shorter and is often longer in duration than standard clinical training (i.e., a total of five years for General Internal Medicine and six or seven years for subspecialties). Residents who elect to participate in this pathway are not eligible for a Research Elective during the R2 year.

Since the Research Pathway only requires two years of full time clinical training in an accredited Internal Medicine residency program, the American Board of Internal Medicine emphasizes that the curriculum is not optimal preparation for a career in clinical practice. If trainees in the Research Pathway decide to change their career path from investigator to clinician, they must meet all of the requirements for the standard thirty-six month clinical pathway.

If you are interested in considering this option, you should contact Dr. Steinberg early during your R1 year. Official departmental letters of recommendation for fellowships will be written by one of the Internal Medicine Residency program staff. Throughout the fall, they will be available to meet with you to review your plans and to discuss your letters. They are also willing to help you identify appropriate faculty members in the subspecialty divisions with whom you can discuss support of your application.

Please note that Research Pathway slots are available for only 4 residents per year and you must notify the program of your intent by December 31st. For further information about this pathway please see the Research Pathway Policies & Requirements section of the ABIM web site.

To request a Research Elective fill out and submit the Research Elective Application form, which you can download from the Resources sidebar on this page.