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Research Pathway

Successful applicants for this highly competitive pathway will have strong medical school academic and clinical credentials. In addition, they must have completed substantive research in an area of focus which has resulted in publications. Most successful applicants have completed additional training in research, such as completing a PhD, a masters degree, or taking additional years in medical school for mentored research.

In addition to the materials required for application to the categorical program, research pathway applicants must complete a brief supplemental application form, which will be given upon invitation to the interview; the supplemental application form asks applicants to specify which subspecialty fellowship(s) they are interested in, what their career goals are, and which research faculty members they would like to meet with during their interview. Research pathway applicants will need to submit at least one letter from a research mentor.

Since successful research pathway candidates will enter a University of Rochester fellowship after two years in the core Internal Medicine program, their interview visit will require two days, one to interview with the core program and one to interview with the relevant subspecialty division(s). When invited for an interview, research pathway candidates should select a Monday for their core interview to allow for division interviews the next day. Hotel accommodations will be provided for both Sunday and Monday nights.

The interview for the core program will be as described for all other categorical candidates. Additional elements of the Research Pathway visit may include:

  • Dinner Monday evening with faculty and/or fellows from the relevant subspecialty division(s).
  • Information meeting Tuesday morning with Dr. Mendler, the Director of the Research Pathway; Dr. Sime, Department of Medicine Associate Chair for Research; and Dr. O'Connor.
  • Interviews with faculty and fellows from the relevant subspecialty division(s).