2019 Research Pathways Workshop


Physician-Scientists play a vital role in advancing medicine by conducting biomedical research. The workshop was held in conjunction with Academic Internal Medicine Week 2019, the national conference of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM). The workshop serves as a venue for physician-scientists training program faculty to share best practices, discuss future trends, and network with peers.

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The Physician-Scientist Post-Graduate Training Subcommittee is a group within the AAIM Research Committee’s oversight. The subcommittee is charged with sustaining  and promoting a community of research program directors to develop and share best practices in physician-scientist training. It functions as the central body for data collection, analysis, and dissemination of research-related outcomes of residency and fellowship research programs. One of the group’s initiatives is to design, produce, and execute the half-day Research Pathways Directors Workshop in conjunction with Academic Internal Medicine Week. 

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IMPORTANT: Attribution should be given to the respective presenter(s) should any content be copied or used in another lecture. The following presentations cannot be used and referenced in any publication without the direct consent of the speaker(s).

Best Practices in Research in Internal Medicine Residency Programs
To better understand best practices in residency research, the Resident Research Subcommittee, which operated under the auspices of the AAIM Research Committee, conducted a survey among Internal Medicine Residency Programs with experience in research. Phone interviews were conducted with a convenience sample of Residency Program Directors. Survey responses were analyzed across the following domains: size and makeup of the residency and research programs, resources for research, role of the PD/research director (RD), profile of trainees doing research, curriculum description, scope of research, role of mentors, career choices and determinants of success. Research success during residency is multifactorial. Dr. Ercan-Fang details the study’s methods, results, and conclusions.

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Physician-Scientists: Rumors of Our Death Have Been Vastly Exaggerated…Or Have They?
The current landscape for physician-scientist training and career development will be discussed. Recent advances in both biomedical and clinical medicine offer exciting and potentially transformational opportunities for advancement within the role of the physician-scientist more than ever. However, complex challenges face trainees entering the pathway that seriously threaten the future pool of these unique individuals, which optimally connect the laboratory and the clinic.

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Mechanisms to Vertically Integrate MSTP and PSTP
Applicants to Internal Medicine PSTPs are overwhelmingly from the MD/PhD trainee pool and are being advised by savvy MD/PhD Directors. To improve recruitment, it is key that PSTP Directors design their PST Program with this group in mind, anticipate applicant questions and concerns, be transparent of the financial support provided at distinct stages of PSTP training, and have a robust website that addresses these issues. Finally, it is important to develop a cadre of developing physician-scientists across the vertical span, from MD/PhD to PSTP to young faculty, to establish a supportive network at each of our institutions. Established physician-scientists also play a critical role as mentors and role models and should be integrated into this group. A leadership position should be established in the SOM Dean’s Office to coordinate these efforts effectively.

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Survey Report and Future Directions
The Physician-Scientist Post-Graduate Training Subcommittee formed a Survey Development Subgroup, charged with developing a survey to determine both the physician-scientist and research-in-residency training landscapes. Dr. Brass and Dr. Williams will detail the census’ results. The subgroup anticipates that the findings will generate information to craft a more detailed, focused subsequent survey. 

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Robert A. Salata, M.D.
STERIS Chair of Excellence in Medicine
Professor of Medicine, International Health and Epidemiology/Biostatistics
Case Western Reserve University

Mone Zaidi, MD, PhD, MACP, FRCP
Professor of Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York
Vice Chair, AAIM Research Committee

Christopher S. Williams, MD, PhD
Associate Dean, Physician Scientist Education and Training
Professor of Medicine and Cancer Biology
Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
Associate Director, Physician-Scientist Training Program

David Ginsburg, MD
James V. Neel Distinguished University Professor of Internal Medicine
Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Medicine
University of Michigan

Arthur Gutierrez-Hartmann, MD
Associate Dean for Research Education SOM
Director, Medical Scientist Training Program
Director, Physician-Scientist Residency Training Program
Professor, Departments of Medicine, Biochemistry, and Molecular Genetics
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Mukesh Jain, MD, FAHA
Professor Department of Medicine, and of Physiology and Biophysics
Ellery Sedgewick Jr. Chair and Distinguished Scientist
Vice Dean for Medical Sciences
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Chief Scientific Officer, University Hospital Health System
Member, US National Academy of Medicine

Lawrence “Skip” Brass, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology
Associate Dean for Combined Degree and Physician Scholar Programs
Director, Penn MSTP
University of Pennsylvania

Deborah Lenschow, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine

Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Duke University School of Medicine

Alexander Charney, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Genomic Sciences
Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Robert Baiocchi, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Director, Physician Scientist Training Program
Ohio State University School of Medicine

Nacide Ercan-Fang, MD
Associate Program Director
University of Minnesota Medical School

Physician-Scientist Post-Graduate Training Subcommittee

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