University of Rochester Internal Medicine

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The Research Pathway at the University of Rochester integrates Internal Medicine clinical training and scientific mentorship and research to foster the development of an academic medical career for highly motivated physician-scientist trainees.

University of Rochester Internal Medicine
Specialty Medicine
Hospital affiliation(s)
University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital
Academic affiliation
University of Rochester
Director Jason Mendler, MD, PhD
Director email
Krista Pike
Administrator email
Location Rochester, New York, United States of America
Website URMC Research Pathway
Telephone (585) 275-2874
NRMP Number
1511140C1 (Research Pathway)

Program Description

The Internal Medicine residency program at the University of Rochester has a long history of excellence in medical education and is an excellent environment in which to learn the fundamentals of Internal Medicine. The program is one of eight selected to spearhead innovation in the clinical learning environment in 2016 by the ACGME[1], and program leaders are always focused on improving and enhancing the educational environment at Rochester.

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) was one of the first 12 academic medical centers in the nation to receive a Clinical and And Translational Science Award from the NIH, a symbol of the dedication of URMC to advancing medical science[2]. A top 40 institution by NIH funding and one of the top 5 hospitals in New York[3], URMC and the University of Rochester offer abundant scientific opportunities for trainees and junior faculty.

The Research Pathway offers trainees with an outstanding record of scientific endeavors the opportunity to enter a streamlined, mentored pathway to an academic medical career. The pathway includes the option to short track and condense Internal Medicine training to two years, integrating fellowship and research years following that period. While short tracking is not required, the program strongly encourages trainees interested in integrating science and medicine to consider the short track. The program is customized based on the interests and goals of each trainee, and all fellowships at URMC participate. While a PhD is not required to apply to the program, applicants without a PhD should display a strong record of scientific research such as a masters degree or taking additional years for mentored research in addition to medical school. Regardless of experience type, successful applicants will have demonstrated their scientific acumen with a strong publication record.

Application Process

Applicants should select the research pathway code in ERAS when applying. A letter from the research mentor is required. Applicants selected for an interview will be given a supplemental application to complete which will detail subspecialty interests, career goals, and faculty they would like to meet during the interview. The interview day will take place over two days (Monday and Tuesday) and will include meetings with research faculty and subspecialty program leadership. Applicants will have the opportunity to have dinner with leadership and trainees in the subspecialty of interest. The program has designated days for research pathway interviews, but there is flexibility if applicants are unable to make those dates. The research pathway interview will constitute the subspecialty interview.

Program Information

Program Highlights

  • Length of Program: 6-7 years (short track), 7-8 years (not short track)
  • Number of protected research months: Up to three years
  • Overall Size: 30 categorical residents per year, of which up to 2 may be research pathway
  • Research Track Size: Total Students; 2 per year
  • Separate NRMP Code for Research Pathway: Yes, 1511140C1
  • Research Opportunities: University-wide
  • Benefits: All benefits of the categorical residency program, including a special home ownership incentive totaling $9000[4]
  • Career Development Opportunities:

Pertinent Fellowships All fellowships at URMC participate in the Research Pathway.

Contact Information


  1. IM Residency Program Highlights
  2. About URMC
  3. University of Rochester Rankings
  4. URMC GME Benefits