The Internal Medicine Residency Training Program is invested in promoting and cultivating research opportunities for those residents who are seeking research experience to enhance a future academic career, fellowship candidacy or both. Our approach combines ample elective time of which 3 months can be used for research rotations, multiple mechanisms to meet potential research mentors and departmental level research guidance and mentorship from the Associate Program Director for Subspecialty Training, Dr. Joshua Klopper. Additionally, the Department of Medicine provides funds to help offset the cost of travel to regional or national meetings for residents who submit original research abstracts.
The Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine has a strong track record of excellence in biomedical research. The Department of Medicine accounted for 32% of all NIH funding to the school of medicine in 2012. Our diversity is our strength, as Department of Medicine faculty are based at multiple hospitals and campuses in our system, providing unique research opportunities across a variety of topics and patient populations. Finally, the vision of Dr. Schwartz includes collaboration among different departments within the School of Medicine and across the University of Colorado to increase opportunities for all trainees and faculty.
The research pathway curriculum provides
didactic and interactive sessions on a monthly basis for those medicine
residents who anticipate research to be a significant component of their future
training and career. In the first 6
months of the year, there are topics that are considered “core sessions” that
all residents attend as they pertain to any medicine trainee. In the second half of the academic year,
smaller breakout sessions with those in the research pathway focus more in
depth on research topics including grant writing, delivering an effective
research presentation, clinical research ethics, and others.
In summary, as a participant in our research pathway,
medicine residents have the unique opportunity to actively participate in
research projects that mesh well with clinical interests, and consolidate this
experience with an education series given by active researchers and mentors who
are invested in training the next generation of physician scientists.