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Medical Research Track

The Medical Research Track is an established residency program within the Weill Department of Medicine that aims to recruit and train the next generation of leading physician-scientists. The curriculum provides rigorous training in clinical medicine and allows trainees to reach subspecialty training by their third year (PGY3). Individuals who match into this program are also matched into the fellowship program of interest within our department. As a "fast track" or research pathway resident, the full training commitment includes an additional two years to be added at the end of subspecialty clinical training, for the sole purpose of research and establishing an academic career. Most candidates in this program have a significant background in research (typically M.D./Ph.D. or similarly intensive training) and identified a specific scientific niche.

Medical Research Track

With a renewed commitment to biomedical research, Weill Cornell Medicine is currently in the midst of an unprecedented scientific expansion that promises to deliver groundbreaking, interdisciplinary discoveries and trainees. New initiatives, housed in the 480,000 square foot Belfer Research Building (a centerpiece of this expansion), include interdisciplinary programs in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, metabolic health, inflammatory bowel disease, and an innovative partnership between Weill Cornell Medicine, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Rockefeller University, and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, termed the Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute, Inc. (Tri-I TDI), that aims to expedite early-stage drug discovery into treatments and therapies for patients. The MRT program is a 24-month curriculum that offers accelerated clinical training to facilitate early entry into additional subspecialty training (if desired) and ultimate initiation of research-based careers. Candidates with substantive training in, and a clearly defined commitment to, research are encouraged to apply. (Please note: the Supplemental Application 2015-2016 is required for consideration into this program.)

Highlights of the Medical Research Track

  • Dedicated advisers to facilitate exploration of research training opportunities within Weill Cornell Medical College, Rockefeller University, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and the Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Personalized career development sessions during outpatient practice time
  • Medical Research Elective time for meeting faculty and learning about various laboratories' areas of focus
  • Quarterly physician-scientist grand rounds, peer-group meetings among fellow physician-scientist trainees, and faculty career development activities
Medical Research Track

As prescribed by the research pathway of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), this track provides extensive, coordinated training in clinical sciences and basic biomedical research. The first two years are identical to the categorical residency program with the addition of career development workshops and personalized academic mentorship. In addition, candidates within the Medical Research Track are afforded elective time to explore the scientific offerings of the Tri-Institutional Community and future potential laboratory opportunities. By the PGY3 year of training, Medical Research residents are fully immersed in their clinical subspecialty field of choice, after which they commit to spend 80 percent of their time in full-time research training, and 20 percent of their time in clinical work.

Matched applicants are assured a fellowship position in their chosen subspecialty, or may choose to pursue fellowship elsewhere.

Internal Medicine Research Pathway

TrainingDuration
Internal Medicine (direct patient responsibility - 20 months)24 months
Research (80%)36 months
Ambulatory Clinics During Research (10%)1/2 day per week
Additional Clinical Training During Research (10%)May be intermittent or block time
TotalFive Years
Internal Medicine ExaminationSummer, R-5

Subspecialty Research Pathway

TrainingDuration
Internal Medicine (direct patient responsibility - 20 months)24 months
Subspecialty Clinical12-24 months*
Research (80%)36 months
Ambulatory Clinic During Research1/2 day per week
Total6-7 years*
Internal Medicine ExaminationSummer, R-4
SubspecialtyFall, R-6 or 7*

* based on the subspecialty
Taken from ABIM Policies and Procedures February 2011

Weill Cornell Medical Research Residency

Program Directors

Kyu Y. Rhee, M.D., Ph.D.

Program Director, Medical Research Track
Associate Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Associate Attending Physician, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Advisory Committee for the Medical Research Track

Andrew I. Schafer, M.D.

Associate Program Director
Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

Advisory Committee for the Medical Research Track

David Artis, Ph.D.

Jill Roberts Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease; Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Dean F. Bajorin, M.D.

Oncology, MSKCC

Lewis Cantley, Ph.D.

Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center, Hematology and Medical Oncology

Mary E. Charlson, M.D.

Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluative Sciences

Augustine M.K. Choi, M.D.

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

David Cohen, M.D., Ph.D

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

David Christini, Ph.D.

Institute for Computational Biomedicine, Cardiology

Barry S. Coller, M.D.

Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Rockefeller

Mary Crow, M.D.

Rheumatology, HSS

Ronald G. Crystal, M.D.

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Paraskevi Giannakakou, Ph.D.

Hematology and Medical Oncology

Roy M. Gulick, M.D., M.P.H.

Infectious Diseases

Barbara L. Hempstead, M.D., Ph.D.

Hematology and Medical Oncology

Tim Hla, M.D., Ph.D

Center for Vascular Biology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Julianne L. Imperato-McGinley, M.D.

Clinical and Translational Science Center, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Warren D. Johnson, Jr., M.D.

International Medicine

Philip Kantoff, M.D.

Medical Oncology, MSKCC

Gary Koretzky, M.D., Ph.D.

Rheumatology

Bruce B. Lerman, M.D.

Cardiology

Ross Levine, M.D.

Oncology, MSKCC

Fernando Martinez, M.D.

Pulmonary and Critical Care

Ari M. Melnick, M.D.

Hematology and Medical Oncology

Carl F. Nathan, M.D.

Microbiology and Immunology

David Nanus, M.D.

Hematology and Medical Oncology

Eric G. Pamer, M.D.

Infectious Diseases, MSKCC

Geoffrey Pitt, M.D., Ph.D.

Cardiovascular Research Institute

Shahin A. Rafii, M.D.

Hematology and Medical Oncology

Mark Rubin, M.D.

Institute for Precision Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Manikkam Suthanthiran, M.D.

Nephrology and Hypertension

Contact Information

Mailing Address

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/
Weill Cornell Medical College
Weill Department of Medicine 
525 East 68th Street, Box 130
New York, NY 10065

Residency Office

530 East 70th Street, M-507
New York, NY 10021
Tel: (212) 746-4749
Fax: (212) 746-6692
NYPCornell-IMResidency
@med.cornell.edu

Information for Applicants

Application Deadline: October 6, 2017

Interviews: November 2017 through January 2018