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Internal Medicine Residency - Research Options

The vast majority of the Brigham residents participate in research during residency in one way or another (including basic science, clinical science, education, global health, and other individually crafted projects). All residents have access to outstanding research opportunities and with the help of faculty and program director mentorship, including Becky Baron, the Associate Program Director for Scholarship, they can easily be matched with research mentors.

Science in Residency Pathway (SiR)

For those residents with prior basic/translational laboratory experience and/or interest in pursuing an investigative career as a physician-scientist, the Brigham and its affiliated academic partners are particularly fertile ground. Most trainees launch such careers through the standard categorical track (three years) or as subspecialty short-trackers (two years). Selected residents with an interest in genetics may opt to pursue a specialized track in Medical Genetics. Additional information can be found here.

Clinical Investigation Pathway (CIP)

The Clinical Investigation Pathway is a specialized pathway within the residency program designed to support residents who are interested in clinical research careers. The Brigham has a rich tradition of practice-changing clinical investigation, and is the home of many large-scale, longitudinal epidemiologic studies and clinical trial organizations, including the Physicians’ Health Study, Nurses’ Health Study, Women’s Health Initiative, and the TIMI Study Group. By providing the building blocks and environment to facilitate clinical investigation during residency, the goal of the CIP program is foster the next generation of leaders in clinical investigation. Additional information can be found here.

Hemi-Doc Program

Selected physician-scientist candidates with established investigative activities may be considered for the Brigham's unique Hemi-Doc program, through which residents can continue their academic work during scheduled three- or six-month interruptions, which will extend training to four- or five-year deviation. Entry into this program requires advance approval from the program director, research mentor, and the American Board of Internal Medicine.


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