ABIM Research Pathway

For Housestaff who have extensive research interests and academic subspecialty career goals, we offer an ABIM Research Pathway or "Fast Track". This pathway consists of two years of Internal Medicine training in the Categorical track, followed by one or more years of clinical training in a subspecialty, and at least three years of research training. Ongoing Continuity Clinic experience is required during the research years.

Specific requirements may vary among the subspecialities; for more information see Medicine Fellowships.  The ABIM Research Pathway is offered in the following subspecialities: Cardiovascular Disease; Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism; Gastroenterology & Hepatology; Infectious Diseases; and Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine. This pathway is appropriate for residents with a strong research background (usually with a Master's Degree or Ph.D.) who want to pursue their research interests more quickly than those in the traditional residency program.

In addition to and simultaneously with the ERAS residency application, applicants should submit a letter of interest for the particular subspecialty area to the Chief Resident at imresidency@virginia.edu.  Applicants will be notified by the fellowship program if they are invited to interview for the ABIM Research Pathway. An additional interview day is required and provides an opportunity to meet with the faculty in the chosen subspecialty.

Trainees in the Subspecialty Research Pathway program are guaranteed support for their clinical training years and three years of research training. During their research years, trainees are encouraged to seek outside funding to facilitate their transition to independent researchers.

For further information about the ABIM Research Pathway, please visit the ABIM website.