Understanding the important role of robust research during training and beyond, the program established the Residency Research Committee in 1999 to direct and monitor research outcomes of our housestaff. An annual in-house research day and grand rounds is held each year in spring to showcase the work of our residents and fellows and promote research based collaboration.

Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science (CTS)

Categorical residents may choose to obtain a Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science (18 credits) on a part-time basis offered by Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Courses are conducted once a week in the evening. Coursework for certification includes: Perspectives in Translational Pharmacology, Ethics and Regulations in Clinical Research, Clinical Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Practical Aspects of Clinical Trial Design and Grant Writing for Clinical Research. If selected to enroll in this program, the department of medicine and the school of biomedical sciences will jointly provide full tuition support.

Research with Distinction

The Research with Distinction program launched in 2005 recognizes residents with exceptional research productivity at the time of training completion.  The residency research committee has established eligibility criteria.

At graduation, the Certificate with Distinction in Research will be awarded to select residents. This Distinction acknowledges original research undertaken during Internal Medicine training at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. It is not awarded for research done prior to acceptance to residency and cannot be granted for work credited toward any formal degree. This work may be carried out in any field appropriate to Internal Medicine where objective, critical inquiry can be made.  Residents are encouraged to publish their research findings in peer reviewed journals.

Clinician Researcher Track

Please refer to “tracks” under “our program” on main page

ABIM Research Pathway

“The ABIM Research Pathway is an integrated program that combines training in research with training in clinical internal medicine and its subspecialties. This pathway is recommended only for physicians who intend to seriously pursue a career in basic science or clinical research. Physicians who are interested in teaching or practicing internal medicine should pursue the standard three years of internal medicine training. Prospective planning for the research pathway by trainees and program directors is necessary. The training experience of all physicians in this pathway will be documented through ABIM’s tracking program. Because this pathway integrates research and training in internal medicine, with or without subspecialty training, entry implies a commitment to its completion. Trainees interested in a research career should work with their residency program director and research mentor to design an appropriate training plan that will provide an adequate clinical experience and meet ABIM’s requirements. Ideally, planning for this pathway should occur during PGY-1, and ABIM should be notified of a trainee’s intention to pursue such training by spring of PGY-2.

The internal medicine program director must be in support of a resident’s request to pursue the research pathway. ABIM requires that candidates for certification in internal medicine are competent in: (1) patient care and procedural skills, (2) medical knowledge, (3) practice-based learning and improvement, (4) interpersonal and communication skills, (5) professionalism and (6) systems-based practice for both the PGY-1 and PGY-2 years of training. Furthermore, the internal medicine program director must coordinate plans for the resident’s training with a research mentor and, if appropriate, the subspecialty program director. It must be clear which program director is responsible for the resident’s training after PGY-2. If the research experience is to be in a subspecialty, the subspecialty program director should become responsible for training through the research pathway beginning in PGY-3. If the research experience is to be in internal medicine, the internal medicine program director should continue to be responsible for training through the research pathway.”

Christoph Buettner, MD PhD
Chief, Division of Endocrinology

Presentations at National Meetings

The program supports (schedule and funding) travel to national meetings as first authors.  Our residents have presented their work at the following society meetings over the past 3 years.

  • Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine
  • American Academy of Endocrinology
  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
  • American College of Allergy
  • American College of Cardiology Conference
  • American College of Chest
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American College of Physicians
  • American College of Rheumatology
  • American Heart Association
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Society for Radiation Oncology
  • American Thoracic Society
  • Asthma and Immunology
  • Chest International Annual Conference
  • Digestive Disease Week
  • Endocrine Society
  • Heart Failure Society of America
  • ID Week
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • International Academy of Cardiology
  • Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Society of General Internal Medicine
  • Society of Hospital Medicine
  • Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer
  • Society for Melanoma Research