Physician-Scientist Training Program

ABIM Research Pathway

Director's Welcome

We are strongly committed to the career development of physician-scientists. Vanderbilt provides an outstanding environment for receiving exceptionally high quality clinical and research training. The Physician-Scientist Training Program utilizes the ABIM Research Pathway to facilitate combined clinical and research training of individuals committed to careers in academic medicine. Training is enhanced by membership in the Harrison Society, a peer group of our physician-scientists in training that facilitates mentoring by Vanderbilt faculty and distinguished visiting professors.

We are seeking the best and brightest trainees who seek a top quality clinical experience coupled with cutting edge research opportunities and who aspire to become future leaders in academic medicine.

An important mission of the Vanderbilt University Internal Medicine Residency is to promote discovery of new biomedical knowledge and translation of this knowledge to patient care through the training and development of physician-scientists and clinical investigators. The importance of training physicians as basic and clinical investigators has recently been recognized by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in their creation of the ABIM Research Pathway (previously, Clinical Investigator Pathway). This pathway integrates clinical training in internal medicine with a period of mentored basic or clinical research. The clinical training phase of the pathway includes an abbreviated residency (2 years) with or without 1-2 additional years of subspecialty clinical fellowship. The clinical component is followed by 3 years of mentored research training either in a basic science laboratory or a clinical research venue. The research phase may incorporate formal course work leading to a Masters or Ph.D. degree, if desired. At the end of the training period, participants are Board eligible in internal medicine and their chosen subspecialty (if applicable).