Physician-Scientist Pathway

Mission Statement

This pathway integrates residents who plan careers as physician-scientists in an environment supported by mentors, sponsors, and departmental commitment in order to:

  • create opportunities to apply and grow scientific thinking
  • sustain commitment to research as a pursuit, profession, and career development pathway
  • increase core skills
  • help participants achieve the next career milestone, which often are subspecialty fellowships that incorporate formal research training


Candidates for this pathway are interns in the Categorical or Primary Care Tracks with significant prior research experience who are committed to basic/translational, clinical, epidemiologic, and health services research careers. Residents planning to follow the ABIM Research Pathway or Global Health Pathway are ineligible.

Application Process

Interns will be invited to submit a brief online application describing their prior experience, future aspirations, and learning goals. The application will be reviewed by the Pathway Director and a faculty leader from the Department of Medicine. After interviews, the program will announce participants prior to R1 Professional Development Day in October. Two to five participants will be selected annually based on level of interest, demonstrated commitment to research careers, and the health of the learning community.

Pathway Components

Dedicated time for research
2-3 guaranteed blocks of research to complete an approved, mentored research project
Professional development
Annual professional development activities in areas such as: managing mentor/mentee relations, choosing a lab, setting professional goals, research training pathways, careers beyond academia
Core curriculum
Skill building in core areas such as: research ethics, protecting data integrity, study design, scientific communication
Opportunity for expert and peer feedback on your evolving science
A capstone senior elective
An elective that integrates the roles of physician and scientist by focusing on learning how to answer questions that matter

Additional benefits include being a member of the vibrant community of investigators at University of Washington and building connections to subspecialty divisions that are important for career advancement.

The Associate Program Director for Research & Scholarship and Pathway Director are available for questions about the pathway.