Physician-Scientist Pathways

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Although well-known for its clinical practice, Mayo Clinic has strong programs in both laboratory and clinical research. Most Mayo medical staff members participate in some form of research activity.

Visit the Mayo Clinic research website for more specific information on research activities at Mayo Clinic.

Physician-scientist pathways

We offer several different pathways for those interested in more rigorous research careers with combined Internal Medicine Residency and subspecialty fellowship programs. This includes our Clinician-Investigator Training Program, which allows trainees to select their residency and fellowship programs of choice.

We offer a variety of National Institutes of Health-sponsored training positions within the various subspecialties of internal medicine.

Mayo Clinic also offers a Ph.D., postdoctoral master's degree and postdoctoral certificate in clinical and translational science, all of which are designed to allow professionals, after residency training, to customize a program to meet specific clinical research career goals.

Resident scholarship program

All residents participate in at least one scholarly project during the Internal Medicine Residency. Residents may pursue projects ranging from basic science (bench) research to more clinically oriented studies, including health services research, quality improvement or medical education research.

Mayo residents typically complete several scholarly projects during their training, resulting in publications and national presentations. Research productivity for the graduates who completed residency in June 2016 included 145 peer-reviewed published manuscripts and book chapters as well as 229 presentations at peer-reviewed regional, national and international meetings during their three years of training.

The research productivity of previous classes has been remarkably similar, reflecting the rich academic milieu at Mayo Clinic, our resident research curriculum, faculty and institutional support, and the diversity of scholarly opportunities.

Some of the unique opportunities for scholarship include Mayo Clinic's unified medical record system — available to residents for project assistance — and the Department of Health Sciences Research, which oversees the Rochester Epidemiology Project. The Rochester Epidemiology Project uses a computer program to retrieve patient records according to diagnoses. This is the longest continuously funded NIH study.

Residents are encouraged to submit papers and abstracts to scientific societies. Mayo provides travel, time off and expense reimbursement for presentations and abstracts accepted at regional and national meetings. Travel, per diem costs and registration are provided to most meetings where residents have their work accepted, and coverage is arranged so that vacation days need not be used.

More residents from Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester have received first-place awards at the American College of Physicians National Abstracts Competition each year than have residents from any other training program.

Bench to bedside

Mayo Clinic is committed to basic and clinical research that leads to better patient care.

Mayo Clinic's hallmark is teamwork:

  • Among basic and clinical investigators
  • Among investigators and clinical practitioners
  • Across Mayo Clinic campuses
  • Between Mayo Clinic and other institutions

See Mayo Clinic research facts and funding.

Clinician-Investigator Training Program

The Clinician-Investigator Training Program includes two years of funded research with the Mayo Clinic mentor and lab of your choosing. The research training bridges the Internal Medicine Residency and an internal medicine subspecialty fellowship and does not usually lengthen the total time of your appointments.

There are three clinician-investigator positions available for each incoming internal medicine class of 52 residents. These individuals match into the Internal Medicine Categorical Clinical Investigator (CI) Residency (1328140C1). They are appointed to the Internal Medicine Residency and then are able to select an internal medicine subspecialty fellowship. Two additional Clinician-Investigator Training Program positions are selected from the PGY-2 class during internal medicine training. These two additional positions are available to candidates who are not selected into the three internal medicine research positions at the time of the Internal Medicine Residency match.

Research candidates select an internal medicine subspecialty fellowship and interview with one of the internal medicine subspecialty fellowship program directors during the Internal Medicine Residency interview. This proves helpful to both the candidate and the program. We encourage you to let us know the internal medicine subspecialty in which you are interested when you schedule your Internal Medicine Residency interview. This notification will allow us to make arrangements for you to meet with the appropriate fellowship program director on the second day of interviews.

Please note that selection into the Clinician-Investigator Training Program is very competitive. Successful candidates have demonstrated considerable accomplishments and interest in research.

International candidates for the Clinician-Investigator Training Program must read the information regarding the visa options and requirements.

For more information about the Clinician-Investigator Training Program in internal medicine, contact:

  • Karl A. Nath, M.D.
    • Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education
    • 200 First St. SW
    • Rochester, MN 55905

Additional information can also be found on the Clinician-Investigator Training Program website.

Oct. 19, 2017