University of Michigan Internal Medicine Physician Scientist Track

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University of Michigan Internal Medicine Physician Scientist Program
Specialty Internal Medicine
Hospital affiliation(s)
University of Michigan Health System
Academic affiliation
University of Michigan
Director Thomas Sisson, MD
Director email
Amy Cutting, C-TAGME
Administrator email
Location Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America
Website Physician Scientist Program
Telephone 734-232-6513
NRMP Number

Program Description

The Physician Scientist Program in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan is designed to facilitate the development of academic physicians and physician-scientists. The Physician-Scientist Program is a 6-8 year program, depending on the internal medicine and fellowship training path chosen by the trainee. The program is highly individualized and works with all trainees to develop a training plan which will best facilitate their growth into an independent physician-scientist career. The Department of Internal Medicine is highly committed to the program and to physician-scientists and enthusiastically supports career development of physician-scientists in basic, clinical, and translational science. Current Physician-Scientists are pursuing training in hematology/oncology, gastroenterology, pulmonary and critical care medicine, cardiology, endocrinology, infectious diseases, nephrology and rheumatology. The Department of Internal Medicine is committed to the policies and procedures of the American Board of Internal Medicine's Research Pathway, assuring that individuals will be eligible for board certification in Internal Medicine and in a subspecialty during the training program.

The program offers two pathways, the Physician-Scientist Track and the Flex Physician-Scientist Track. The Physician-Scientist Track is an ABIM research track (or short track) where trainees in the PGY-1 and PGY-2 years participate fully in the categorical internal medicine program. These individuals, pending satisfactory completion of clinical milestones, will enter fellowship. The shortened period of time spent in the core program will be individualized to assure appropriate training before entering the fellowship program. Following fellowship, trainees will have three years of protected 80% research, 20% clinical responsibilities. The final year of the program, pending satisfactory clinical and research progress, will see the trainee appointed as a Lecturer and member of the faculty. The duration of this track will be 6-7 years, depending on the choice of subspecialty training. Individuals are eligible for Internal Medicine Board Certification in August of the PGY-4 year, and for Subspecialty Board Certification in November of the PGY-6 or PGY-7 year.

The Flex Physician-Scientist Track includes the traditional three-year categorical internal medicine training program followed by subspecialty training and protected research time. It differs from the Physician-Scientist Track in that the third year of internal medicine training is performed (i.e. not a short track). The duration of this track will be 7-8 years, depending on the choice of subspecialty training.

Close integration is maintained with the University of Michigan Medical School's Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Significant financial support is available for research endeavors and faculty development, based on each individual's needs and goals. Individuals enrolled in the program participate in career development seminars during their training, including interaction with MSTP students.

The Department of Internal Medicine provides a vibrant, interactive environment for basic, clinical and translational research. The Department of Internal Medicine ranked seventh in National Institutes of Health support during 2013. The Department of Internal Medicine has recruited many physician-scientists to join our faculty. Several innovative centers and organized research programs provide an innovative approach to interdisciplinary research, and many senior university leaders (including the University President and the Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine) are physician-scientists. [1]

Application Process

Applicants should select the main internal medicine residency program NRMP number in ERAS. No supplemental application or action is required for applicants with an additional degree (PhD, MPH, MS, etc). Applicants with significant research experience but who do not have an advanced research degree should contact the program director for more information. Following evaluation of ERAS applications, selected applicants will be invited to schedule interviews and submit any additional supplemental information the program may require.

There are designated interview dates for physician-scientist candidates which incorporate the categorical internal medicine program as well as additional time to meet with subspecialty fellowship directors and division chiefs, prospective research mentors, and current physician-scientist trainees. Multiple dates are available, although the program schedules most applicants for one date.

Program Information

Program Highlights

  • Length of Program: 6-8 years
  • Number of protected research months: 3 years of protected 80/20 research time following fellowship
  • Total size of research track (current trainees): 10
  • Average research track class size: Goal of 4 per year, have had as many as 6
  • Separate NRMP Code for Research Pathway: No
  • Research Opportunities: All departments and divisions across the university
  • Benefits: Residents at the University of Michigan, including Physician Scientist Program participants, are members of the House Officers Association (HOA) and receive competitive benefits and compensation. Visit the Benefits and Compensation page for full details. Physician scientist participants are eligible for $75k in startup funds following the research years. University supplements salary in research years to match HOA salary levels.

Pertinent Fellowships

All fellowships available at the University of Michigan participate in the Physician Scientist Program, including Allergy and Immunology, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Hospice and Palliative Care, Hematology and Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Endocrinology, Nephrology, Pulmonary and Critical Care, and Rheumatology.

Contact Information

  • Program Director: Thomas Sisson, MD
  • Program Associate Administrator: Amy Cutting, C-TAGME
  • Program Email: (main IM Program email)
  • Program Website: Physician Scientist Program
  • Telephone: 734-232-6513
  • Address: University of Michigan Internal Medicine Residency Program, 3116 Taubman Center, SPC 5368, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5368