Research training occupies the majority of the second and third years of fellowship. Fellows are supported in identifying a mentor and may select from a broad range of research opportunities in basic, translational, clinical, epidemiologic, education, or outcomes research within Infectious Diseases (ID), the Weill Department of Medicine, other departments within the Medical College (e.g. Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Department of Population Health Sciences) or at affiliated institutions (Rockefeller University, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Cornell University (Ithaca), and Hospital for Special Surgery). Faculty mentorship from within these institutions allows a wide range of research opportunities.
Our division has an NIH-sponsored T32 training grant to support developing physician-scientists during fellows' research years (AI007613; Gulick, 1999-2025). The objective is to train physician-scientists in biomedical research, with an emphasis on the pathogenesis of infectious diseases. Weill Cornell also has an NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC; TR00457; Imperato, 2007-2022) with state-of-the-art facilities for conducting translational and clinical research. The ID Division facilities include over 12,000 square feet of research and administrative space. There are 10 research laboratories (7,500 sq. ft.) in the medical college and the Belfer Research Building equipped for basic and translational molecular, microbiological, and immunologic studies. Current annual funding for sponsored research and training in the ID Division in 2019-2020 exceeded $17 million.
Several departmental and medical school-wide programs are available to support fellows interested in research careers with the transition to junior faculty. These opportunities include the Weill Department of Medicine’s Fund for the Future, the JumpStart Research Career Development Program and CTSC’s KL2 Career Development Awards.
The following pathways are intended to serve as a guide for the 2nd/3rd years and are meant to be flexible and adaptable to match individual fellows' interests.