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What is the best way to pursue a combined
academic/clinical career in IM and its subspecialties, especially
if one's pre-medical education does not include a PhD? Should one
pursue research or a PhD?
Program Director 1 Response
A chief resident year can be a stepping stone to an academic
career. One should also look into general internal medicine
Program Director 2 Response
It is not enough to simply state this interest during the interview
or on a personal statement. There should be some evidence through
special rotations, evidence of scholarly work, etc. A strong letter
from a professor or mentor with whom the student has worked or
published and who can vouch for their sincere interest in an
academic career can be especially helpful.
Program Director 3 Response
One should consider clinical investigator tracks in residencies and
American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) research pathway
that allows combining significant research activity and clinical
training during residency training.
Program Director 4 Response
Academic careers may have a variable amount of research needed and
a PhD is not necessary unless one wants to be involved in research
which involves basic science. Clinical investigator tracks are good
options. There are academic medicine fellowships as well as chief
residency that can help people on their journey to academic
medicine careers in the clinical educator tract.
Program Director 5 Response
A PhD is, of course, excellent training if one is interested in
pursuing an academic career, but many medical students will not
have the time or resources to complete the requirements for a PhD.
Students should definitely get involved in research and take any
opportunities available for training in research design, research
ethics/human subjects training, academic writing, etc.
Program Director 6 Response
It depends on what type of academic career you want. Most medical
schools are recognizing at least two tracks: physician scientist or
clinician educator. A PhD or an MPH degree can be very helpful in
becoming a physician scientist. Fellowship training, either in a
subspecialty or in a general internal medicine fellowship program
is also a good method for pursuing either track. An MPH degree is
often incorporated into fellowship programs interested in turning
out academicians. A chief resident year is a very good way to
pursue a clinician educator career. Either way, the student need
best have an interest in writing since they will have to publish in
either career path. Getting started as soon as possible and always
having a publishable project you are working on is a good habit to
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