Integrated Research Pathway

The University of Michigan has a long tradition of being one of the best funded research institutions in the country. The Department of Pediatrics is no exception, with 60 current NIH-funded investigators. Our world-renowned faculty, state-of-the-art core facilities, and dedication to translational medicine provide a nurturing environment for training young physician scientists. Our physicians have established projects with a multitude of other departments campus-wide, and it is these collaborations that make research at The University of Michigan novel and exciting. Most recently, this collaborative vision has extended to the North Campus Research Complex, where physicians, engineers, pharmacists, and computer scientists work in close-proximity with a common goal on finding new approaches to treat a variety of pediatric and adult diseases including congenital heart anomalies and cancer.

Students who complete both M.D. and Ph.D. programs are well-positioned to make long-lasting and important contributions to the health of children.  The Department of Pediatrics aims to create an environment that is supportive of training young physician scientists.  A number of our former residents have been recipients of awards such as the Pediatric Scientist Training Program Award and have gone on to establish successful independent research careers here and at institutions across the country.  Our current residents regularly participate in The Department of Pediatrics annual research symposium.  Residents that are interested in a career as a physician scientist have program support to present data at national research meetings and apply for the American Board of Pediatrics Integrated Research Pathway.

The Integrated Research Pathway provides residents 10-11 months of protected research time during the three year pediatric residency, with most research blocks occurring in the third year of training.  The program ensures an excellent and balanced core pediatric education while giving aspiring physician scientists time to generate data that can be used to apply for grants and start projects that can be continued into fellowship.  Once again, collaborations are encouraged, and the current residents participating in the program are working with physician scientist mentors in the departments of pediatrics, internal medicine, and surgery.

Want to hear more?  Our residents, fellows, and faculty are always excited to discuss the research opportunities at Michigan.  Contact our department and we will ensure that you get your questions answered when you visit on your residency interview day.