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Physician Scientist Track


The Department of Internal Medicine is highly committed to the development of academic physicians and physician-scientists. The Physician-Scientist Program is offered as an option for qualified candidates to receive training in the Internal Medicine Program for two years, followed by clinical and research training in a fellowship program. The Department enthusiastically supports the career development of basic, clinical and translational researchers.

All fellowship programs within the Department of Internal Medicine participate in this program and support it enthusiastically. Current Physician-Scientists are pursuing training in hematology/oncology, gastroenterology, pulmonary and critical care medicine, cardiology, endocrinology, infectious diseases, nephrology and rheumatology.

Application to the Program

Candidates for the Physician-Scientist Program are those who are completing their medical school experiences with an M.D. and an additional advanced degree (such as Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.). Applicants with significant research experience, but who have not received an advanced degree, should contact the Director, Internal Medicine Fellowship and Physician-Scientist Programs (below) for more information.

Interested applicants must apply to the University of Michigan Internal Medicine Residency Program through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), using the program number for the categorical Internal Medicine Residency Program. Applicants are encouraged to submit application materials and letters of reference early in the application process. The Residency Program cannot provide potential applicants with information regarding their competitiveness for the program prior to review via ERAS.

After the ERAS application has been reviewed, the Residency Program will contact qualified individuals. Selected applicants will be contacted to schedule interviews, along with a request for supplemental information.

Dedicated interview dates have been reserved for physician-scientist applicants (December 14-16th, 2014) for the current application cycle). The extended interview process enables the applicants to closely interact with program leaders, subspecialty fellowship directors and division chiefs, current physician scientist trainees and medicine residents. Additionally, the interviews will include the opportunity to interact with several potential research mentors.

After the interview process, the Residency Program will maintain communication with each applicant to provide additional information and to answer questions.

The Match

The Internal Medicine Residency Program strongly supports the match, and offers positions to physician-scientist applicants only through the match. Applicants should apply to the categorical program. Please note that there is not a separate ERAS program number for the physician-scientist track.

Acceptance into the Residency Program assures physician-scientist applicants of a position in the selected fellowship program(s) for the PGY-3 year.

Clinical and Research Training

The Department of Internal Medicine is committed to the policies and procedures of the American Board of Internal Medicine's Research Pathway, assuring that individuals will be eligible for board certification in Internal Medicine and in a subspecialty during the training program.

For the PGY-1 and PGY-2 years, individuals participate fully in the categorical internal medicine program. Because of the shortened period of time spent in the core program, rotation scheduling will be individualized to assure appropriate training before entering the fellowship program.

Close integration is maintained with the University of Michigan Medical School's Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).

The duration of the program will be 6-7 years, depending on the individual's choice of subspecialty training program. Individuals are eligible for Internal Medicine Board Certification in August of the PGY-4 year, and for Subspecialty Board Certification in November of the PGY-6 or PGY-7 year.

During the final year of the program, faculty appointment as a Lecturer is anticipated, based on satisfactory clinical and research progress.

Significant financial support is available for research endeavors and faculty development, based on each individual's needs and goals.

Individuals enrolled in the program participate in career development seminars during their training, including interaction with MSTP students.

North Campus Research Complex

Research Environment

The Department of Internal Medicine provides a vibrant, interactive environment for basic, clinical and translational research. The Department of Internal Medicine ranked seventh in National Institutes of Health support during 2013.

The Department of Internal Medicine has recruited many physician-scientists to join our faculty. Several innovative centers and organized research programs provide an innovative approach to interdisciplinary research.

For additional information about divisional research activities, please review their Web sites.

For More Information

Individuals interested in the Physician-Scientist Program are encouraged to contact Subramaniam Pennathur, M.D., Director, Physician Scientist Training Program, Associate Director Internal Medicine Residency Program, for additional information.