Research Opportunities

Research During Residency

A resident-oriented research curriculum, extending across the three years of residency, provides a structure for residents to be involved in meaningful, longitudinal research projects. Beginning intern year, we supervise and guide the selection of mentors and help cultivate informal relationships that develop on the wards. During the PGY-1 year, residents participate in a special course to learn research basics including topics such as IRB application, practical biostatistics and study design.

We also offer the ABIM Research Pathway Track for qualified applicants with previous research experience. After completion of two years of Internal Medicine, residents on this track go directly into fellowship, typically with additional research years during fellowship (please note that a separate application is required for this option).

All Internal Medicine residents are required to perform a research project during their residency. This fosters an understanding of research techniques, biostatistics and interpretation of the literature. Research opportunities are available within all subspecialties and in the basic sciences. Quality improvement, clinical research, and basic science research projects are all commonly sought after, and mentors are readily available in all fields to assist from project inception to conference presentation or publication.

All residents present their research at the end of their third year at the Carey-Marshall-Thorner Research Conference, a university-wide research day. Many residents also publish and present their work at state and national meetings (e.g., American College of Physicians).

Note: If you would like to explore basic or clinical research in greater depth during your residency, please indicate this at the time you arrange an interview and identify one or two subspecialty areas that interest you. We will arrange a tour of our research facilities and a time for you to meet with faculty investigators in your areas of interest.

Travel to Meetings

Funding is provided to all residents, up to $1,500 over residency, for research project support or travel to meetings at which they have an abstract accepted for a poster or oral presentation.  Some additional departmental research grants can be applied for (see below), and residents in specialized training tracks have additional research funding.  Assistance is provided for finding coverage for their hospital commitments during the meeting to ensure they are able to attend.

Financial Support

Every year the Department of Medicine provides funding in the form of Resident Research Grants (see examples of the types of work being done by residents at UVA). These are awarded to PGY-2s to support mentored resident research projects. This year there are 9 funded proposals on a variety of topics. Current residents can also find mentors by accessing our online list of over 190 projects and ideas submitted by DOM faculty from across the divisions.

Resident Testimonials

Read more about our residents engaged in research »