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Physician-Scientist Track

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has had a long-standing commitment to clinical, translational and basic science research and supports all residents in their research pursuits. We are excited to also offer a dedicated Physician-Scientist Track for residents who envision a career in both clinical medicine and research.

Our Mission

While BIDMC's Internal Medicine Residency Program offers research opportunities to all residents, the dedicated Physician-Scientist Track aims to support the research careers of MDs and MD/PhDs committed to clinical, translational, and/or basic science investigation as well as clinical practice.

The track supports residents as they develop their research interests and career paths. Participants receive guidance on how best to navigate the challenges of securing research funding and balancing research and clinical work. Our renowned Harvard faculty members provide the mentoring, career guidance, and opportunities future physician-scientists need in today’s environment. Residents also receive the highest level of clinical training with the potential for short tracking through the ABIM Research Pathway.

Program Structure

The Physician-Scientist Track provides a clear and comprehensive path for residents interested in research and clinical care.

As part of the track, residents receive:

  • An assigned mentor whose expertise aligns with the resident’s area of interest. He/she will focus on career mentoring around fellowship and faculty goals, and fellowship application review and counseling.
  • Guidance on grant funding strategies, such as when to apply to maximize faculty opportunities and grant-writing courses to bolster writing skills.
  • Opportunities to engage in leading-edge research and publication support.
  • Financial support to attend national meetings.
  • Special curricular offerings designed for Physician Scientist Track members.
  • Monthly meetings with both internal faculty and outside experts in both academia and Pharma/Biotech who exemplify the breadth of opportunities and strategies for a successful career as a physician scientist. 

Our Faculty

Residents in the research track will be taught and mentored by some of the brightest research minds in the world.  Our Harvard-affiliated faculty members have received the highest national and international honors. They are members of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and several are fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Thanks to the research acumen and reputation of our faculty, the Department of Medicine is consistently among the ten best-funded medical school departments of medicine in the country; and BIDMC consistently ranks as a national leader among independent hospitals in National Institutes of Health funding.

Most importantly, our acclaimed faculty members are committed to nurturing the research career goals of our residents. 

Steven D. Freedman MD, PhD, leads our Physician-Scientist Track and is Director of the Pancreas Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chief of the Division of Translational Research, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. He has played a leadership role in clinical/translational research both at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and at Harvard Medical School through his prior role as the Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research and Co-director of the Harvard CTSA (Harvard Catalyst). He is Director of the Grant Review and Support Program (GRASP) of the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center, which is a unique longitudinal program that provides project management support and grant writing tools to enhance the transition from the NIH K to R01 grant. Dr. Freedman’s expertise is in exocrine pancreatic disease with a particular focus on pancreatitis and cystic fibrosis. He is an internationally recognized leader in these areas with an extensive research and mentorship program that encompasses both basic science discovery as well as clinical trials. More recently, he has also developed a major focus on health care delivery reform that addresses structuring the doctor-patient encounter to build informed partnerships leading to sustained improvements in health outcomes (Passport to TRUST). Read more >>

Contact Us

For more information about the Physician-Scientist Track or to apply, please contact:

Steven D. Freedman, MD
Chief, Division of Translational Research
Director, Physician-Scientist Track

Tel: 617 667 5576
Fax: 617 667 5826
Email: sfreedma@bidmc.harvard.edu

Contact Information

Residency Training Program
Internal Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
West Campus, Deaconess Building, Suite 306
One Deaconess Road
Boston, MA 02215
617-632-8273
617-632-8261
medinternship@bidmc.harvard.edu



Read more about the Physician-Scientist Track in our downloadable brochure