Physician Scientist Track

Scholarly Concentrations

As physician-scientists, you will be excited to be surrounded by other residents who are all pursuing scholarly interests – it makes for a vibrant, exciting training environment!

The Scholarly Concentrations Program is a program requirement to encourage all residents:

  • To experience a fundamental category of scholarship: discovery, integration, application, and/or teaching.  This acknowledges the value of a broad view of scholarship, recognition that creating, transforming, and extending new knowledge are all valuable tenets of the academic medical experience.
  • To gain a deeper understanding about the process of inquiry.  
  • To consider how continued scholarly work could fit into their long-term career goals.

These goals can be accomplished through one of multiple scholarly concentrations chosen in January of intern year: 

Residents are introduced to the scholarly concentrations at the end of their intern summer, learn more about the scholarly concentrations in the fall, and choose a scholarly concentration in winter of their intern year.  During their PGY-2 year (if not earlier), residents chose a mentor, develop a scholarly question and methods for asking that question, obtain IRB approval (if needed), and begin gathering data.  During their PGY-3 year, residents complete data collection, analyze their data, and present their findings to the department as a poster or platform presentation.  Annually, a research award is presented to the resident with the most outstanding project.  Submission to a national platform is encouraged but not required.

Faculty Roles

The class advisor and scholarly concentration leaders will mentor throughout the first year of residency until a faculty mentor is identified. The faculty mentor will take primary responsibility for helping to develop the resident’s project and assure its feasibility and integrity and serve as a source of support when oral and written presentations are given inside and outside the University.