Resident Research in Internal Medicine
Henry Ford Health System has more than 1500 current studies, more than 200 medical specialists and research scientists, including 80 full time researchers. We rank in the top 20% of all NIH-funded institutions.
All residents in the Department of Medicine are expected to participate in some aspect of research or scholarly activity. The Associate Program Directors and Chief Medical Residents help guide residents and are always available for mentoring. Even if you have no research experience, you will build a foundation in research skills through the first year required elective Essential Skills in Internal Medicine (ESIM). This rotation will teach you the fundamentals of research, quality improvement, and evidence-based medicine.
During the ESIM month you will develop the following skills:
- Develop a research question related to your interests.
- Fill out an Institutional Review Board (IRB) form.
- Utilize an analyst to pull data from our electronic medical record.
- Utilize a statistician to analyze data.
- Conduct and request a literature search through our library.
- Utilize a HIPPA compliant secure database to store confidential data.
In addition to the above resources, we also have a medical writer who assists with writing manuscripts and grant applications, and the ability to apply for grants for medical education and innovation.
You have the ability to take up two research months during your training.
We allow up to $3000 for participant travel funding for conferences (with program director approval).
Many residents are engaged in research projects in collaboration with a senior faculty member. Residents often publish their research in peer-reviewed journals or present their projects at local, state and national meetings. Others work on individual projects, including oral and poster presentations for many Internal Medicine and specialty meetings.
Senior staff physicians within the Department of Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital are actively engaged in basic and clinical research activities and are eager to serve as mentors for our residents in training. All residents are allowed up to two full months of research during their Internal Medicine residency training.
The Department of Medicine provides residents with the time and resources needed to support their research and scholarly activity including financial support for travel. When residents present at meetings, the residency will reimburse travel expenses incurred while away from the hospital (following Graduate Medical Education and hospital policies). Residents find their research projects and scholarly activity both challenging and rewarding.