Key Features of the Program

  • Protected research time needed to establish a track record of research excellence.

  • Optimizes time for research training by streamlining clinical training.

  • No need to apply separately to subspecialty training program, allowing more time to focus on academic goals.

  • Board qualification in Internal Medicine and subspecialty (if applicable) upon completion of program.

  • Formal training in biostatistics, bio-ethics, research study design.

  • Availability of advanced degree programs for those interested in clinical science, health care policy research, biostatistics, genetic epidemiology (e.g. MPH), or basic science (PhD).

  • Research can be conducted at any of the CWRU affiliated institutions, giving trainees access to the vast resources of one of the nations leading research universities.

  • Continuous career development mentorship from academic and research advisors, with support and oversight from the PSP Committee.

The ABIM Research Pathway

Trainees in the PSP Program will qualify for the previously established and approved American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Research Pathway as outlined below.

  • Recommended only for physicians who intend to seriously pursue a career in basic science or clinical research.
  • Must complete two years of accredited categorical Internal Medicine training. Minimum of 20 months involving direct patient care responsibility.
  • Can be carried out with or without clinical subspecialty training.
  • At least three years of research training at 80% commitment per year.
  • Last year of research may be undertaken as faculty with 80% research.
  • Research must be mentored and reviewed.
  • Twenty percent of each research year to include clinical experiences, including half-day/week clinic.
  • If the candidate leaves the program prematurely, he/she must complete three years of clinical training in Internal Medicine to become board eligible



Training Process & Timeline

  • PGY1: Clinical Internal Medicine Training 1. Assignment of academic advisor. Identify research mentor (research advisor) and project by end of year.

  • PGY2: Clinical Internal Medicine Training 2. Submit written mini-proposal by January 1. Present oral research proposal defense by April 1. Trainees can proceed with research when research program is approved by PSP Program Committee. Option to apply to PSP-PhD track.

  • PGY3: Research Training 1 Initiate research project as Internal Medicine resident, supported by Internal Medicine. Trainees will undergo course work or literature review as appropriate to research area. Didactic courses in medical statistics, ethics, study design. Twenty percent clinical activities are approved by the Internal program director, PSP Program director, research and academic advisors.

  • PGY4: Research Training 2 Continue research project supported by research mentor. Twenty percent clinical activities are approved by the Internal program director, PSP Program director, research and academic advisors.

  • PGY5: Research Training 3 Continue research project as subspecialty resident, supported by subspecialty program. Twenty percent clinical activities are approved by the subspecialty program director, PSP program director, research and academic advisors.

  • PGY6: Clinical Subspecialty Training 1 (as subspecialty resident, supported by subspecialty program).

  • PGY7: Clinical Subspecialty Training 2 (as subspecialty resident, supported by subspecialty program). This year only required by some subspecialties.

Financial Support

PSP trainees will receive salary support as dictated by their post-graduate year level. Laboratory space, supplies, and equipment will be provided by the research mentor.

Research at MetroHealth

From its beginning as Clevelandís first academic medical center in 1837, our institution has been dedicated to the science of improving health care. MetroHealth Medical Center is presently a major teaching hospital for Case Western Reserve University, one of the nationís leading research universities. All faculty hold appointments at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, often with additional appointments in basic science departments. At the MetroHealth Campus of Case Western Reserve University, we have established Centers of Excellence that integrate basic research in molecular, cell, and whole organ physiology, with genetic epidemiology and clinical research to identify the genetic and environmental causes of disease. Our Centers are comprised of basic scientists, clinical scientists, and epidemiologists who are extensively funded by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health. Faculty actively participates in the universityís Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSA), a NIH program designed to promote excellence in translational research and training. The integrated approach of our Centers of Excellence leads to unique and novel diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. Our ongoing commitment to academic and clinical excellence, coupled with extensive capabilities in biotechnology, bioengineering, genetics, and population science will assure that MetroHealth continues to grow as one of the major research and training centers in the country.

Physician Scientist Pathway Committee

Leslie Bruggeman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Center for AIDS Research

Neal Dawson, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Center for Health Care Research and Policy

Darwin Jeyaraj, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Heart and Vascular Research Center

P. Hunter Peckham, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Orthopedics

David S. Rosenbaum, M.D.
Director, Physician Scientist Pathway
Professor of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Physiology & Biophysics
Director and Chief of Cardiology

Jeffrey Schelling, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Director, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

John Sedor, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Physiology & Biophysics,
Vice President of Research

J. Daryl Thornton, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

M. Michael Wolfe, M.D.
Chair, Department of Medicine
Professor of Medicine, Charles H. Rammelkamp, Jr. Chair
Professor of Physiology and Biophysics,
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine