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General Internal Medicine Research Fellowship

The mission of the General Internal Medicine Research Fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell is to train general internists for academic careers in primary care, hospital medicine and health services research. This innovative mentored research fellowship focuses on physicians who aim to become extramurally funded independent health services researchers. Our program is uniquely designed to deepen trainees’ understanding of health care, local and international healthcare delivery systems, epidemiology of disease, and interventions to improve health outcomes. The two- to three-year fellowship, co-directed by Margaret L. McNairy, M.D., M.Sc., and Monika M. Safford, M.D., will provide trainees with the skills to design and conduct patient-centered and health systems research and prepare for NIH K-award submissions by the end of the program.

Fellowship Details

  • Tailored one-on-one faculty mentorship and multidisciplinary collaborations with faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine, the Cornell Center of Health Equity, the Weill Cornell Center for Global Health, the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center, Cornell Tech, and other affiliated programs
  • Two to three-year fellowship duration depending on prior training of the candidate
  • Master of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research based in the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences
  • Clinical patient care with Weill Cornell Hospital Medicine or Outpatient Primary Care
  • Access to clinical training in clinical teaching and point-of-care ultrasound
  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • 2-3 positions for July 2021; one position is set aside for a Latino or African American candidate funded through our Diversity Center of Excellence

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Research and Training

Fellows will be intensively mentored by Weill Cornell Medicine faculty with active research programs. Each trainee will work with a primary mentor according to their research interests; additional mentors may be added to a mentoring team as needed. Fellows are expected to develop their own research ideas with the help of their mentor(s), and are strongly encouraged to pursue both secondary data analysis projects as well as primary data collection projects. Fellows are expected to pursue opportunities for small grants to obtain experience with grant writing.

Clinical Experience

Fellows will supplement their research training with 20% of their time devoted to clinical practice in inpatient or outpatient internal medicine—both of which include participating in the medical education of students and residents. Training in academic skills including leadership and mentoring is also provided. Electives in clinical teaching and point-of-care ultrasound are available.


The curriculum consists of the following core and elective experiences:

Master of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research (core)

The program consists of didactic courses (Biostatistics I and II, Clinical Research Methods, Epidemiology, Advanced Epidemiology, Decision Analysis, Research Ethics, etc.) and a mentored thesis project (two published papers in peer-reviewed journals). Trainees take courses in New York and conduct their thesis research locally or internationally.

Leadership and Mentoring (core)

This course is designed to develop leadership skills in mentorship strategies, conflict resolution and negotiation and to provide personalized plans for career and personal growth that promote communication, productivity, and professional vitality.

Clinical Teaching (elective)

This one-week interactive program addresses specific teaching skills that enhance patient-centered clinical learning with an emphasis on activating learners, interviewing patients, physical diagnosis, and critiquing clinical reasoning. The curriculum is modeled after Kelly Skeff’s program at Stanford University, materials from Harvard Macy Institute for health educators, and materials from two master teachers, Jeff Wiese (Teaching in the Hospital) and Brendan Reilly (One Doctor; Inconvenient Truths about Effective Clinical Teaching). The program provides direct observation of each participant’s teaching with confidential feedback and design options for dedicated practice.

Clinical Reasoning (elective)

This three-day interactive program addresses specific teaching skills that enhance clinical diagnostic reasoning and therapeutic decision making skills. The curriculum will help physicians develop best practices for teaching reasoning during clinical and didactic encounters as well as diagnose common pitfalls in clinical reasoning and develop best practices to mitigate bias and errors.

Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) (elective)

This one-week course is designed to achieve competency in image acquisition, image interpretation, and clinical integration in the following areas: basic cardiology, lung and pleural disease, kidney and bladder, lower extremity veins, and approach to shock, dyspnea, and acute renal failure.

Research Scholars in Health Equity (elective)

This year-long course is for second year fellows and provides a small stipend to support a research project. Fellows and faculty new to health equity research meet monthly for a 1.5 hour seminar on topics related to health equity research.


  • Fellows are expected to attend the Friday Advanced Seminar throughout the academic year, at which they regularly present their progress to fellows enrolled in the Master of Science Program and their mentors.
  • Numerous other conferences are available but not required.
  • Fellows are expected to submit their work to national meetings and to the Department of Medicine Research Day, as well as the Cornell Center for Health Equity’s annual Symposium if their work focuses on health equity.

Faculty Researchers

Our Division of General Internal Medicine research faculty are actively working on projects in the areas of global health, health equity, healthcare fragmentation, healthcare delivery, health policy, implementation science, and community engaged research.

Read more about our individual research faculty and their projects.

Current Fellows

Class of 2023

Lily Yan, M.D.
Global Health Research Fellow, and Instructor in Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, appointed July 2020. Dr. Yan’s work focuses on global health and primary care, creating and measuring quality in healthcare, and noncommunicable diseases, particularly in low and middle income countries.

Class of 2021

Puja Chebrolu, M.D.
Global Health Research Fellow, and Instructor in Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, appointed July 2018. Dr. Chebrolu’s work focuses on understanding the phenomenon of lean diabetes in South Asia as well as the early onset and greater severity of non-communicable diseases seen in the developing world. Current projects include studying the prevalence and risk factors of gestational diabetes in Pune, India, and risk factors for hypertension in the same area.

Christopher J. Gonzalez, M.D.
Fellow in Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, appointed in July 2019. Dr. Gonzalez's research assesses the social determinants contributing to the health of Latinx communities, with a focus on understanding the social and cultural behaviors that can be leveraged to address existing inequities. Current projects include studying social network characteristics protective against obesity and obesity-related behaviors in Latinx youth, and exploring socioeconomic factors contributing to risks and outcomes of COVID-19.

Recent Graduates

Kathleen F. Walsh, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, appointed July 2019. Dr. Walsh's work focuses on improving the diagnosis and management of drug-resistant tuberculosis. Her current work focuses on investigating the prevalence and risk factors of isoniazid resistance and the genetic progression to further drug resistance.

Madeline Sterling, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, appointed July 2018. Dr. Sterling’s work focuses on how to integrate home health aides into the medical care team. She received funding from AHA and Engaged Cornell during fellowship, and RWJ Foundation and NHLBI since joining the faculty of General Internal Medicine.

Justin Kingery, M.D. Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, appointed July 2018. Dr. Kingery’s work focuses on the relationship of HIV and cardiovascular disease, specifically immune activation and regulation. He completed the General Internal Medicine Global Health Fellowship with work based in Weill Cornell Buganda Hospital in Tanzania. He has received funding from the NIH Fogarty and WCM Clinical and Translational Science Center.

Parag Goyal, M.D., M.Sc.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, appointed July 2017. Dr. Goyal’s work focuses on quality of life and well-being in older adults with heart failure, with a focus on deprescribing medications. He has been funded by the Merle Samuels Foundation, AHA, and NIA since joining the faculty of General Internal Medicine.


Eligible applicants are graduates of internal medicine, medicine-pediatrics, or family medicine residency training programs with a strong commitment to a career as a clinician-scientist. Prior research experience preferred but not required. Applicants with Masters and/or Ph.D. degrees in addition to an M.D. or prior fellowships are also encouraged to apply; the program can be adapted to provide them with more advanced training. U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents only. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements
  • Personal statement outlining your research interest, experience, and career goals and objectives
  • Curriculum Vitae

Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have been uploaded to your online application.

Application Deadline

Rolling admission; earlier applications are strongly encouraged. Interview process begins in October.

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Contact Information

General Internal Medicine

Monika Safford, M.D., Chief

Anita Mesi, Administrator
Tel: (646) 962-5900
Fax: (646) 962-5039

General Internal Medicine Research Fellowship

Kathryn Zhu, M.P.A, Fellowship Coordinator
Tel: (646) 962-5908
Email: gimrf@med.cornell.edu
(Email preferred)

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