Welcome from the Research Director
for a productive, rewarding research experience during residency and fellowship
training is now endorsed by accreditation bodies such as the ABIM and ACGME,
the teaching faculty, and most importantly, those in post-graduate training.
The Wake Forest School of Medicine Internal Medicine residency program is
designed to enable easy entrée into a carefully designed menu of research
projects that are of interest and of relevance to a physician’s medical
education. Most of our Internal Medicine residents take advantage of this
opportunity and participate in a research project sometime during their three
year residency. The Tinsley R. Harrison Program is designed to offer a more
in-depth research experience for residents who are considering academic careers
as physician scientists. Residents selected for the program are provided with a
two month block during the HO-II year to conduct their project with an
additional month available in the HO-III year. Although not an absolute
requirement, previous research experience is of value.
residents receive a list of potential research mentors and projects in
lab-based, clinical and health services research that cover the breadth of
general and subspecialty internal medicine. The residents are guided by the
Assistant Chief of Medicine for Research in selecting an appropriate mentor to
match the resident’s interest. Plans regarding the nature and scope of training
and the specific research project are established. During January-February of
the HO-1 year, the resident, with the assistance of the selected mentor,
prepares an application which is reviewed by a selection committee. Generally,
four to five residents are selected to participate each year and are designated
as Tinsley R. Harrison Translational Research Scholars.
Harrison scholars are required to present their research project to Internal
Medicine faculty and house staff during the IM Resident Research conference. A
second requirement is a poster presentation at Internal Medicine Research Day.
Most scholars also submit an abstract for presentation at an appropriate
extramural meeting and often produce a manuscript for publication.
Presentations and publications of this nature are a rewarding experience and
enrich the opportunity of the trainee for entry into academic careers.
Harrison Translational Research Training Program has succeeded in directing the
energies and talents of our young physicians to both enhance residency and
fellowship training and successfully evolve our research culture at Wake Forest. We are confident that many of our Scholars
will go on to become the next generation of physician-scientists and clinical
investigators sought by the current NIH Roadmap.
P. Miller, MD, MS, FACP
Director of Research, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Professor, Internal Medicine and Public Health Sciences