University of Maryland Internal Medicine Research Pathway

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The Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center encourages all aspiring physician-scientists to consider the Research Pathway at the University of Maryland.

University of Maryland Internal Medicine
Specialty Medicine
Hospital affiliation(s)
University of Maryland Medical Center and Baltimore VA Medical Center
Academic affiliation
University of Maryland
Director Terry Watnick, MD
Director email
Debbie Trust
Administrator email
Program email
Location Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
Website Research Pathway Website
NRMP Number
1252140C1 (Research Pathway)
Additional NRMP Number
1252140C0 (Categorical Residency)

Program Description

The ABIM Research Pathway of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of Maryland is an ideal training environment for aspiring physician-scientists. The University of Maryland is the oldest public school of medicine in the United States and has a long history of advancing the science of medicine. Significant research centers at the medical center include the Institute of Human Virology, the Institute for Genome Sciences, and the Institute for Global Health, while the overall research portfolio at the medical center spans from basic sciences to the most cutting-edge clinical trials.

The Internal Medicine Residency Program offers the Research Pathway for highly motivated trainees who have demonstrated a commitment to a career as a physician-scientist. Candidates may elect to short track and complete internal medicine training in 2 years instead of 3, advancing to fellowship in the PGY-3 year. The program provides 2-3 years of protected research time following fellowship, with a goal of launching an independent career with extramural grant support following that period. Trainees without a PhD are encouraged to enter the PhD for Clinicians program during their research years, with seven fields of study available.

Application Process

Prospective applicants should select the research pathway NRMP number in ERAS to apply. Immediately following submission of ERAS, candidates should complete the supplemental application. Applicants should include a letter from their research mentor as one of the four required letters in ERAS.

Applicants invited for interview will complete a 1.5 day interview to include meetings with internal medicine faculty and program leadership as well as subspecialty fellowship faculty and potential research mentors. The interview day is flexible, with the half day able to be scheduled for the morning or afternoon before or after the categorical internal medicine interview day. This interview day will also represent the subspecialty fellowship interview(s).

When using the NRMP system to rank, applicants may use the research pathway number or both the research pathway number and the categorical residency number. Prior to the match, the program will contact applicants to discuss whether they should use one or both numbers, as this is an individual determination for each applicant based on decisions by residency program and fellowship program leadership. The program may offer additional research pathway positions through the main categorical number.

Program Information

Program Highlights

  • Length of Program: If short-tracking, 6-7 years depending on subspecialty. 7-8 years if not short-tracking
  • Protected research time: 2-3 years following fellowship
  • Overall Size: 32 categorical, 4 med-peds, and 2 EM-IM residents per year with 32 preliminary interns
  • Research Track Size: 7 total, 1-2 per year
  • Separate NRMP Code for Research Pathway: Yes, 1252140C1, but the main categorical program number (1252140C0) may also be used; see above
  • Research Opportunities: Campus-wide, not limited to the subspecialty division
  • Benefits: All trainees receive the benefits afforded categorical residents, including travel allowances for presentations at national meetings
  • Career Development Opportunities:

Pertinent Fellowships

All subspecialty fellowship programs at the University of Maryland participate in the Research Pathway.

Contact Information