University of Wisconsin-Madison Internal Medicine IMPACT Program

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The Internal Medicine Pathway for Academic Career Training (IMPACT) Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) brings the scientific and clinical excellence at UW-Madison to outstanding trainees who are dedicated to pursuing a physician-scientist career.

UW-Madison IMPACT Program
Specialty Medicine
Hospital affiliation(s)
UW Hospitals and Clinics, William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, and UnityPoint-Meriter Hospital
Academic affiliation
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Vince Cryns, MD
Co-director email
Josh Lang, MD, MS
Co-director email
Michelle Kipp, MS (IM Residency Program Manager)
Administrator email
Program email
Location Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
Website IMPACT Program
Telephone (608) 263-7352
NRMP Number
1779140C0 (Overall IM program)

Program Description

The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) offers an outstanding environment for both clinical and scientific training. UW-Madison hosts a large and active research enterprise, ranking as one of the top 10 universities by funding in the US[1]. The university hosts dozens of major centers and institutes including the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research[2], which offers both research support and a number of educational opportunities. The residency program was one of only 17 members of the ACGME Education Innovation Project and has a long history of clinical educational innovation and excellence. With multiple top-ranked hospitals (UW Hospitals and Clinics and the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital routinely earn awards for quality and excellence) in a city routinely on the list of best places to live, UW-Madison is an ideal environment in which to train.

The IMPACT Program at UW-Madison is focused on helping motivated physician-scientist trainees launch their scientific careers. The program features an ABIM-approved short-track internal medicine experience, providing solid clinical foundation in a streamlined timeline. Following internal medicine training, the program offers two pathways: general internal medicine and subspecialty medicine. The general internal medicine pathway features three years of protected (80/20 research/clinical) time immediately following two years of internal medicine training, with completion and board eligibility after five years. The subspecialty pathway is for trainees who wish to pursue subspecialty training following internal medicine training, with trainees entering a subspecialty of medicine following internal medicine training and beginning the research years following the conclusion of subspecialty training, for a total of 6-7 years depending on the subspecialty. Trainees in either pathway can pursue research in one of two broad areas: basic science and clinical investigator. Basic science is for those trainees who wish to pursue research in a basic science laboratory specialty, including fields as diverse as microbiology, physiology, biomedical engineering, and immunology. Clinical investigator is for trainees who are interested in fields more directly based in patient care, including but not limited to medical economics, health systems research, clinical epidemiology, and outcomes research. Both include a customized curriculum of training to enhance trainee skills in areas including statistics, grant writing, and experimental design. Either program can be designed to lead to a masters or PhD degree if the trainee does not already possess one.

Regardless of the pathway, IMPACT trainees receive a number of benefits. A customized mentoring committee developed by the department chair and other senior leadership in consultation with the trainee is implemented for every trainee. Trainees receive a scientific stipend for up to five years of the program as well as support to travel to scientific conferences. The program will customize the trainee's clinical schedule so that the trainee can attend the national conference of their choice each year beginning in PGY-2.

Application Process

Interested applicants should select the IM categorical program in ERAS and indicate their interest in the IMPACT Program in their personal statement. There is no supplemental application beyond customization of the personal statement. Applicants will be invited to a special IMPACT interview to take place over two days and including meetings with subspecialty faculty and potential research mentors. Designated days are set aside for IMPACT interviewees. Early acceptance to fellowships at UW is available to short tracking residents.

Program Information

Program Highlights

  • Length of Program: 6-7 years (subspecialty pathway), 5 years (general internal medicine pathway)
  • Number of protected research months: 3 years of 80% protected time
  • Overall Size: 28 interns per year
  • Research Track Size:
  • Separate NRMP Code for Research Pathway: No, 1779140C0
  • Research Opportunities: Campus-wide
  • Benefits: Customized schedule based on trainee interests; $2k research stipend per year, up to five years; conference travel support
  • Career Development Opportunities: Clinical schedules coordinated to allow trainees to attend the national meeting of their choice each year beginning in PGY-2; personalized mentoring committee for each trainee selected with the help of the Chair, Vice Chair for Research, and Vice Chair for Education; quarterly research conference in which IMPACT trainees participate

Program Tracks

  • General Internal Medicine IMPACT Program: trainees complete 24 months of research training followed by 36 months of research training
  • Subspecialty IMPACT Program: trainees complete internal medicine and subspecialty training followed by 36 months of research training
  • Basic Science Pathway: available to trainees in either the general medicine or subspecialty pathways, this program focuses on the basic sciences (e.g. cell biology, immunology, genetics, etc) for research training
  • Clinical Investigator Pathway: available to trainees in either the general medicine or subspecialty pathways, this program focuses on clinical sciences (e.g. epidemiology, pharmacology, medical economics, etc) for research training

Pertinent Fellowships

All fellowships at UW-Madison[3] participate in the Subspecialty IMPACT program: allergy/immunology, critical care, endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism, geriatrics, hematology, infectious disease, nephrology, oncology, pulmonary, rheumatology, women's health, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, pulmonary/critical care medicine, and cardiology

Contact Information


  1. UW-Madison Facts
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  3. UW-Madison Internal Medicine Subspecialty Divisions