Research Track

Research pathway/physician-scientist track

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Research pathway/physician-scientist track

Each year, two residents are recruited into the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Residency Research Pathway/Physician-Scientist track. This extended training program is designed for physicians who envision academic careers involving basic, translational or clinical research.


The program includes two years of standard internal medicine residency training followed by three years in a laboratory/research setting, with 25 percent of that time devoted to clinical assignments during research years.

Research program offerings

  • Features major collaborations with The Scripps Research Institute, Scripps Translational Science Institute, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, Salk Institute and other basic research facilities
  • Is fully supported by an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award grant (each research track resident becomes an NIH KL2 grant awardee)
  • Awards a graduate degree from The Scripps Research Institute, one of the world’s premier biomedical research facilities
  • Requires courses in biostatistics, genomics, research ethics, molecular medicine and clinical research design and provides diverse elective opportunities
  • Offers a rotating laboratory curriculum, which allows new scholars to find their laboratory of choice after matching
  • Presents research opportunities in immunology, biochemistry, drug design, genomics, pharmacogenomics, informatics, stem cells, cancer biology, clinical trials and other disciplines
  • Includes instruction in research presentation, multidisciplinary research, manuscript preparation and grant writing
  • Offers opportunities to fast track into a Scripps Clinic subspecialty fellowship after matching

Goals of the ABIM residency track

After completing the ABIM residency research track, residents will:


  • Be prepared to start a career as a physician/scientist or train further as a subspecialist
  • Be eligible for American Board of Internal Medicine certification
  • Have a master’s degree in Clinical and Translational Investigation from the Kellogg School of Science and Technology at The Scripps Research Institute
  • Have authored multiple publications
  • Be eligible for additional NIH grants

How to apply

Physicians interested in the physician/scientist track at Scripps Clinic and Scripps Green Hospital should apply through the Internal Medicine Research Match.


The standard NRMP/ERAS application form may be submitted to both the categorical and research tracks.


The program code is: 1340140C1.


The deadline is Dec. 1, 2017.


To learn more, please visit How to Apply.