Research Opportunities for Internal Medicine Residents
Residents in the Internal Medicine Residency program in NYU Langone’s Department of Medicine are encouraged to collaborate with NYU Langone faculty members to participate in scholarly research endeavors during the course of their residency. We offer flexible options for pursuing quality improvement and patient safety (QIPS), basic science, translational, and clinical research.
Our residents have multiple opportunities to present their research. These include submitting work to NYU Langone’s online journal of medicine Clinical Correlations and other publications and presenting at NYU Langone’s Quality and Safety Day and Research Day, as well as at national conferences.
Postgraduate Year 1
Within the first six weeks of postgraduate year one, or PGY-1, the residency research director, Binita Shah, MD , meets with interns in small groups to introduce the opportunities for resident research.
Throughout the year, interns participate in professional career development counseling that includes specialty-specific advising and scholarly research mentoring, to help identify scholarly interests and connect with mentors and principal investigators.
Postgraduate Year 2
During postgraduate year two, or PGY-2, you participate in a two-week focused block to learn the basics of research methodology and develop the skills necessary to complete a research project within the time constraints of a resident’s schedule. You work in small teams to create a research protocol with guidance from a faculty mentor and review topics such as research design, subjects and sampling, hypothesis testing, and data presentation. The experience culminates in the presentation of your research protocol to peers and faculty. Many of these projects have been presented as abstracts at national scientific conferences and can be credited with starting collaborative scholarly relationships among peers and faculty.
Residents continue to pursue additional avenues for scholarly work during their PGY-2 year, including specialty-specific advising and research mentoring and a two-week QIPS block. During this block, you learn the basics of QIPS, undergo modified Lean Green Belt training to identify inefficiencies and improve processes, and participate in small group quality improvement projects. These patient-centered, resident-driven projects allow you to interface with the QIPS, hospital administrative, and medical informatics branches of our hospital system to create an evidence-based solution to a system or process flaw that you identify.
As part of intensive mentorship process, your group creates an elevator pitch to sell your project and solution to a group of hospital leadership, including the chief medical officers, chief of medicine, chief of service, and others. Participants are provided mentorship and hospital resources so that projects can be successfully implemented and studied. Research projects created during this block have been presented at local and national scientific meetings.
Postgraduate Year 3
In postgraduate year three, or PGY-3, you continue your scholarly activities either in dedicated research blocks or in a longitudinal project. In addition, you participate in a two-week experiential QIPS rotation, which includes the opportunity to work on a longitudinal QIPS project of your choosing. Other projects during PGY-3 include researching and presenting a hospital mortality to the Occurrence Review Committee and engaging in a patient discharge teaching exercise.
The capstone project for the PGY-3 block is a root cause analysis (RCA). Using a recent adverse event in one of our hospitals as a real-life scenario, you apply a number of tools used in conducting formal RCAs to analyze the adverse event and then focus on potential solutions to prevent further adverse events. A number of these interventions have been adopted to reduce harm across our hospitals and have also been presented at local and national conferences.
Additional Research Opportunities
If you have an interest in conducting translational, clinical, or population-based research, you can apply to the clinical investigator residency track and complete a certification in Intensive Training in Research Statistics, Ethics, and Protocol Informatics and Design (INTREPID). The credits you earn from the certification are applicable to the MS in Clinical Investigation degree. In this program, you are paired with a clinical research mentor to ensure that you engage with research faculty early and regularly throughout your residency training.
If you wish to pursue research in basic science and complete a specialty fellowship, you can apply to the physician–scientist residency track at the end of your PGY-1 year. This consolidates clinical training from three years into two and allows you to begin a research fellowship early.
Research in NYU Langone’s Department of Medicine is overseen by Glenn I. Fishman, MD , vice chair for research, and Binita Shah, MD, the residency program research director. If you have questions about research opportunities during residency, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.