Residents are required to complete a scholarly project during the three year training period. This requirement can be fulfilled by a case report, presentation at a regional or national meeting, or some form of written scholarship. Residents are strongly encouraged to fulfill this requireent by conducting research with one of the department’s many research faculty.
Resident typically conduct laboratory, clinical, translational, or population-based research projects. The program leadership works closely with research faculty to identify and facilitate research projects for residents. A small group of faculty reviews each research project to be sure that the proposals are feasible and well-supervised. At least one-third of our residents conduct substantial research projects, many of who present there work at our annual Evans Department of Medicine Research Celebration as well as our Senior Resident Academic Day and other national or regional meetings.
The Department’s research programs provide an extraordinary environment for faculty and residents to work collaboratively in preventing, diagnosing, and treating human disease. The Department’s research funding from the National Institutes of Health place it in the very top group of research- intensive Departments of Medicine in the United States. In FY 2010, for example, the Department’s faculty and trainees secured $134 million in research funds – an increase of 46% compared to 2008.
The Department has internationally renowned research programs in a number of areas and our residents have conducted research projects in nearly all of these programs over the past few years. Examples include cardiovascular biology, pulmonary inflammation and immunology, obesity, androgen biochemistry and biology, diabetes, arthritis, alcohol/substance abuse, computational biomedicine, genetics, obesity, cancer biology, clinical epidemiology, preventive medicine, amyloidosis, vasculitis, HIV/AIDS, bacterial diseases, and sickle cell disease. The most important longitudinal study of cardiac risk factors ever conducted – the Framingham Heart Study – is based at Boston University and is strongly supported by the National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. A number of investigators including residents in the Department of Medicine have strong linkages to the Framingham study. Continued study of the biologic and phenotypic information from the Framingham patient cohort will continue the remarkable 50 year legacy of key insights into risk factors and pathophysiology of human disease. The National Emerging Infectious Disease Institute funded by the NIH, Boston University and Boston Medical Center will open in 2011. This 200,000 sq ft research center will attract 20 research teams to conduct research on emerging infectious diseases. Additional research opportunities pertaining to specific departments and laboratory investigators may be found on our Department of Medicine Main Webpage.
Together, these well-funded research centers provide unique opportunities for our residents to receive advanced research training during residency in a manner that complements clinical training and provides meaningful opportunities to work closely with our faculty.