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Research Track

The Research Track is a special program for residents with prior experience in clinical research or previous training in internal medicine who wish to pursue a rigorous research program during residency.  Highly-motivated individuals without one of these two qualifications may apply to the program as well.  The Research Track is particularly appropriate for residents who plan to apply for competitive fellowships and those considering a career in clinical research.


  • To support residents in design and conduct of an investigator-initiated research project, culminating in presentation at a national meeting, followed by publication.
  • To provide advanced didactic instruction on evidence-based medicine, biostatistics and research design.
  • To advise residents interested in research careers.

Highlights of the Research Track

Monthly Research Meetings

  • Includes didactic sessions on research design, biostatistics, evidence-based medicine and presentation skills.
  • Residents take turns presenting research in progress and getting feedback from attendings and other track members.

Research Elective

  • Track members are encouraged to participate in a closely-mentored research elective month to allow extra time to work on labor-intensive projects, to prepare for presentation and to draft a final manuscript for publication.
  • Content of the month will be negotiated between the participant and his or her mentor.

Participation in SGIM

  • Track members are encouraged to join the Society for General Internal Medicine and to attend the regional and national meetings.
  • Travel stipends may be available for to PGY-2 & 3 residents who are presenting an abstract at either meeting.

Abstract Presentation

  • All members are required to submit an abstract to the national meeting of their choice. 
  • There will  be opportunities to present abstracts at regional meetings and at Baystate‚Äôs Research Week.

Mentorship with Successful Researchers

  • Mentorship is crucial to success in research.
  • Research track members, because of their commitment to challenging projects, will have access to mentors with significant research experience, who will coach them through each step of the process.

Co-Directors of the Research Track

Dr. Mihaela Stefan Dr. Tara Lagu Dr. Thomas Higgins Dr. Peter Lindenauer

Mihaela Stefan, MD

Tara Lagu, MD

Thomas Higgins, MD

Peter Lindenaur, MD