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Acad Med. 2013 Nov;88(11):1747-53. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3182a7f627.

Career outcomes of the graduates of the American Board of Internal Medicine Research Pathway, 1995-2007.

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Dr. Todd is chair, Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. Dr. Salata is executive vice chair and chief, Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine, Department of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Klotman is chair, Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Weisfeldt is chair, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Katz is program director, Department of Internal Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Xian is data analyst and programmer, Cornell Survey Research Institute, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Mr. Hearn is operations manager, Cornell Survey Research Institute, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Dr. Lipner is senior vice president for evaluation, research and development, American Board of Internal Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.



In 1995, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) formalized an integrated residency curriculum including both clinical and research training (the Research Pathway), designed to develop careers of physician-scientists. Individuals who completed Pathway training between 1995 and 2007 were surveyed to determine the extent to which graduates established research-oriented careers.


In 2012, the authors used a Web-based, 56-question, multiple-choice electronic survey of 813 participants in Research Pathway programs who completed their residency training between the years of 1995 and 2007. Survey questions addressed source and type of funding, research productivity, and job title/content. Descriptive and inferential analyses were performed.


Forty-seven percent of solicited Pathway graduates participated in the survey. Ninety-seven percent of the respondents completed Pathway training. Ninety-one percent reported some research effort, with a group average of 58.6% of total professional effort spent in research. Seventy-two percent currently hold positions in academic medicine; 8.6% in the biomedical industry; and 2.1% in government medical service. Over 85% reported extramural research funding, with 81.4% receiving research support from federal sources. Among the variables positively correlated with the highest level of research engagement were previous graduate-level research training, any first-author publications arising from the Pathway research experience, and the receipt of extramural career development funding supporting the Pathway research.


On the basis of a very high level of active research engagement reported by 385 ABIM Research Pathway graduates, this special research training track appears to be effectively meeting its goal of training biomedical scientists.

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