ABIM Research Pathway

Physician-Scientist Training Program

Trainees complete two years of internal medicine residency and most pursue clinical fellowship training in medicine sub-specialties. This is typically followed by three years of either basic or clinical research training to qualify for board eligibility in Internal Medicine through the ABIM Research Pathway. During the research phase of their training, there is the option of pursuing a Master’s Degree in one of three disciplines: Public Health, Clinical Investigation or Biomedical Informatics. Trainees engaged in translational or patient-oriented research may elect to pursue a Ph.D. during their residency or fellowship years as part of the Clinical Investigator Track of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP-CIT). Time spent earning advanced degrees is considered part of the research training period.

Research training may take place outside the Department of Medicine typically in one of Vanderbilt’s exceptional basic science departments or research centers. The PSTP offers a high level of flexibility in designing individual training programs. All trainees have a primary research mentor and receive frequent career counseling by the Program Director throughout their residency, fellowship and beyond.