Past Meetings

2018 AAIM Research Pathways Directors Workshop

Sunday, March 18, 2018
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX


Welcome to the AAIM Research Pathways Directors Workshop site. Physician-Scientists play a vital role in advancing medicine through the conduct of biomedical research. The Workshop was held in conjunction with Academic Internal Medicine Week 2018, the national conference of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM). The Workshop served as a venue for Physician-Scientists Training Program faculty to share best practices, discuss future trends, and network. Five sessions and a concurrent panel comprised the event.


The Workshop was attended by over 60 pathway directors, department heads, professors of medicine, and AAIM staff.

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Research Directors Summit and the Need to Move Forward

Melvin Blanchard, MD
Professor and Chief, Division of Medical Education
Department of Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
President, APDIM

Dr. Blanchard’s lecture centered on the rationale as to why the PSTPD community ought to feel some trepidation on the training methodology of future physician-scientists. From there, Dr. Blanchard focused on training best practices such as curriculum, recruitment, mentorship, etc. The final portion of his lecture centered on next steps: community organization, database establishment, recruitment.

The ABIM and Research Training for Physicians

Furman McDonald, MD, MPH
Senior Vice President for Academic and Medical Affairs
American Board of Internal Medicine
Professor of Medicine

Furman McDonald, MD, MPH was the Workshop’s keynote. McDonald lectured on the relationship between the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and graduate medical education (GME) fields, the newly-established ABIM governance, the history of his organization’s Research Pathways program, the correlation between trainee and certification data, and what the future holds.

Opportunities and Challenges of a PSTP Director

Peter Klein, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Director, Physician-Scientist Training
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Peter Klein, MD, PhD, as the Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s (Penn) Physician-Scientist Training Program, examined how the University of Pennsylvania addressed the challenges that other institutions face regarding physician-scientist training programs: recruitment/retention, lack of exposure to research during clinical training, independence, funding, and mentoring.

The NIH and New Opportunities for Research Training

Neil Aggarwal, MD
Chief, Lung Biology and Disease Branch, Division of Lung Diseases
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
National Institutes of Health

Neil Aggarwal, MD provided historical data on physician-scientists at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI); NIH’s sponsored programs in response to observed trends; and the institution’s StARR and StARRTS programs.


Research Track and PSTP Subcommittee of the AAIM Research Committee

The Research Track and PSTP Subcommittee is a group within the AAIM Research Committee and is charged with the development and planning of the Workshop. The following members were selected by the leadership of AAIM due to their significant contributions towards education of physician-scientist at their own institutions and at the national level:

  • Neil Aggarwal, MD
  • Olujimi A. Ajijola, MD, PhD
  • Rebecca Baron, MD
  • Melvin S. Blanchard, MD
  • Lawrence F. (Skip) Brass, MD, PhD
  • Linda L. Demer, MD, PhD
  • Patrick Hu, MD, PhD
  • Michael P. Madaio, MD
  • Robert Salata, MD
  • Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, FIDSA, FACP
  • Christopher Williams, MD
  • Mone Zaidi, MD, PhD, MACP (Chair)

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