Research Program and Faculty
Core Research Faculty
Our dedicated core research faculty includes Drs. Christina Wee and
Kenneth Mukamal, Associate Program Directors and Directors of the Resident Research
Dr. Samir Parikh, Associate Director of the Resident Research Curriculum. They assist residents
with identifying potential mentors and projects across the research
spectrum. Their expertise spans basic, translational, clinical, and
population-based research, allowing them to foster connections between
residents and mentors in every domain of biomedical research.
Devoted Elective Time for Research
Residents are strongly encouraged to do research during elective Area of
Concentration (AOC) time. Most residents who elect to do research choose a
mentor and project toward the end of the PGY1 year or beginning of the PGY2
year. To find the right mentor and project, residents can review an
updated list of previous resident projects
and meet with Drs. Wee, Mukamal, or Parikh.
Working with their mentors, residents prepare a short proposal for elective
research. At least two faculty members unconnected with the project review
each proposal and offer formal feedback NIH-style, helping to identify new
opportunities or potential pitfalls and to develop residents' skills in
grant writing and revision. A major block of elective time for research is
available in the PGY2 and/or PGY3 years. About 70% of residents will take
advantage of this protected research time.
Research Infrastructure for Residents
The Department of Medicine devotes considerable infrastructure to support
Partial funding for an expert biostatistician as a consultant to
Computer resources in the housestaff lounge include several statistical
packages, EndNote, RedCap, and the full MS Office suite, among others
in genomics, proteomics, and imaging are fully available to residents
- The Harvard Clinical and Translational Research Center, or Harvard Catalyst, supports
resident research with clinical, laboratory, statistical resources and
online training, and financially supports some resident projects
Free assistance, tutorials, and unparalleled access to digital
resources are available at the
Harvard Countway Medical Library
The resident research course is a two-week introduction to research methods
and resources, grant and paper writing, and career development. Residents
develop a research project in workshops with other residents and faculty
mentors, and receive seminars on study design, research methodology, and
local research resources.
Residents have the opportunity to present their research in several venues.
The entire Department of Medicine gathers for Resident Research Day where
every resident involved in research presents a poster describing their
work. The final
Medicine Grand Rounds
of each year is devoted to resident research. In addition, the Department
provides funding for residents to present their work at national meetings.