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Tracks within the Program

Kriti Thapa, MD, MPHOur internal medicine residency program, which is grounded on the biopsychosocial model, develops well-rounded, compassionate residents and provides residents with the opportunity to focus on specific tracks if interested, such as the Primary Care track, Research Option, Global Health Pathway, etc. There is also the flexibility and faculty support to create electives to support any specific individual interests."

Kriti Thapa, MD, MPH
Class of 2021

Motivated U of R medicine residents can become involved in several different, exciting areas of emphasis within the residency program. Each of these pathways allows residents to take a “deeper dive” in these areas, which can help form a career direction. Completion of the requirements of the pathway will result in a graduation certificate that acknowledges distinction in the area of emphasis (e.g., “Distinction in Research”). Note that additional pathways are in development and will be available to incoming residents who pursue expertise in these areas during their residency. These include pathways in Global/International Health, Community Outreach, Point of Care Ultrasound, and Quality Improvement.

Medical Educator Pathway

We began offering an optional Medical Educator Pathway in the 2013-2014 academic year for residents who envision teaching as a major component of their future careers.

The University of Rochester Internal Medicine Residency Program has a long tradition of emphasizing a resident’s role as teacher. Layered on top of this tradition, the Medical Educator Pathway helps participating residents build an even stronger foundation in educational theory and practice to serve as a springboard for a career as leaders in internal medicine education.

The program is directed by Dr. Kit Gracey, who is an Associate Program Director for the medicine residency. Additional information about the pathway.

Research Option

The Research Option provides an opportunity for interested residents to receive their residency diploma with distinction in research. The resident should begin planning a research project during their PGY1 year and should have a proposal ready for review by the departmental committee no later than the beginning of the PGY2 year. If the project is approved, the resident may use four weeks of elective time in the PGY2 year and up to four weeks of elective time in the PGY3 year for focused work on their project. Alternatively, the resident can use ambulatory sessions within the block model to protect time to perform mentored research.

Completion of the research option requires:

  • Presentation of the completed project at a noon conference in the spring of the PGY3 year. The presentation will be attended and critiqued by a panel of faculty experts.

      Here are the Research Option presentations by resident of their work in 2020 and 2019.

  • Preparation of a manuscript suitable for submission for publication.

Procedure Pathway

Residents with a particular interest in bedside procedures may graduate with Distinction in Procedural Skills if they complete the requirements of the pathway. Requirements include completing a substantial number (i.e., well beyond the minimum number needed for credentialing) of bedside procedures, including paracentesis, thoracentesis, central line placement, lumbar puncture, and ultrasound-guided peripheral IV placement; must supervise a sufficient number of other trainees doing bedside procedures; and must help oversee resident procedural opportunities and educational activities.