University of Alabama at Birmingham ABIM

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The Research Pathway at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Internal Medicine Residency Training Program is designed for the success of aspiring physician-scientists who seek careers in academic internal medicine.


University of Alabama at Birmingham Internal Medicine ABIM Research Pathway
Specialty Medicine
Hospital affiliation(s)
University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center
Academic affiliation
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Director Sonya Heath, MD
Director email
slheath@uabmc.edu
Administrator
Brandy Freiger
Administrator email
bcfreiger@uabmc.edu
Location Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America
Website ABIM Research Pathway
NRMP Number
1007140C2 (Research Pathway)

Program Description

The Department of Medicine at UAB is consistently in the top 20 of NIH research funding nationwide. Program leadership is committed to future physician-scientists and demonstrates that commitment by guaranteeing fellowship match to all matched applicants. UAB, through the Physician Scientist Development Office[1], has dedicated significant resources to promoting physician-scientists across the campus and across the spectrum of training.

The Research Pathway is designed to facilitate physician-scientist career development through structured mentorship, career development opportunities, and creation of a strong community of aspiring physician-scientists. It pairs the strength of the Internal Medicine Residency Program with the broad research portfolio at UAB. Many centers and institutes at UAB are pushing the envelope of biomedical science, and the environment is ideal for an aspiring physician-scientist to launch a successful career.

The Pathway offers two options: The Subspecialty Research Pathway and the Internal Medicine Research Pathway. The Subspecialty Pathway consists of 24 months of internal medicine training (short track, although candidates interested in a third year of internal medicine training may elect to pursue that after discussion with the program director) followed by 1-2 years of subspecialty fellowship training, depending on the fellowship. The Internal Medicine pathway consists solely of 24 months of internal medicine training. Both pathways then move to three years of protected (at least 80%) research time. Successful candidates are expected to apply for a career development award (NIH, VA, or similar) at the end of this period.

For applicants uncertain of their subspecialty, the Pathway does offer flexibility. While applicants will need to select one subspecialty for the purposes of the Pathway interview day on the supplemental application, if a candidate arrives and finds that another subspecialty is better suited to their career plans, the Pathway will work with the trainee and the fellowship programs to adjust the training plan.

Application Process

Applicants should select the ABIM Research Pathway in ERAS. Following application review, selected applicants will be invited to complete the supplemental application to highlight your research experience. Candidates invited to interview will be scheduled for a special, two-day interview to include both the categorical internal medicine interview as well as the Research Pathway interview. The Pathway interview will include meetings with prospective research mentors, senior program leadership, and subspecialty fellowship faculty and leaders. This will also constitute the fellowship interview(s). Candidates will have the opportunity to meet with current Pathway trainees during their visit.

Program Information

Program Highlights

  • Length of Program: 6-7 years (short track), 7-8 years (non-short track)
  • Number of protected research months: 3 years of protected (80%) research time
  • Overall Size: Approximately 40 per year in the overall residency program, including research pathway
  • Research Track Size: 2-3 per year, 7 current trainees across all years
  • Separate NRMP Code for Research Pathway: Yes, 1007140C2
  • Research Opportunities: Available across the UAB campus
  • Benefits: $20k salary supplement per year during the research years, $1500 per year beginning in PGY2 for travel to scientific meetings
  • Career Development Opportunities:

Pertinent Fellowships

All fellowships participate in the research pathway.

Contact Information

Brochure

UAB page 1 UAB page 2

References

  1. https://www.uab.edu/medicine/physci/