Research training, as required by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, is individualized. Scholarly activity is a critical component of our educational program. During the PGY-3 year, residents undertake a four month required research block. They are encouraged to participate in bench research with one of our nationally recognized research faculty. Residents may also elect to complete hypotheses-driven, clinical research projects. Preparation for this research block begins during the PGY-1 and PGY-2 years with identification of a research mentor, application to the institutional review board, funding requests, and lab set-up plans, thus maximizing the time during the dedicated research block for collection and analysis of data. A resident research committee, composed of various faculty, oversees this process.
The seven year T32 track is oriented toward training of clinician scientists, providing a two-year experience in a basic science lab. The goal of this program is acquisition of professional insights, scientific knowledge, networking skills, and perseverance required to establish an innovative and productive academic research career. Residents select a basic science mentor in their area of interest to serve as a primary advisor, as well as a clinical co-mentor to provide clinical/translational training in clinical setting. The laboratory experience occurs after the resident has completed two clinical years of training. This timing provides a good foundation of specialty knowledge and a better understanding of the purpose and outcomes of translational research. Upon completion of the intensive research experience, residents return to finish the final three clinical years.