PRIMER: Promoting of Research in MEdical Residency (R38)

The Research in Residency Program is a unique PGY 3 & 4 experience for residents looking to kick start their career as a physician scientist. The Research in Residency program allows participating residents to delve into a research area of interest and conduct original research with the guidance of an experienced mentor and some of the Department of Medicine’s most experienced researchers. Residents may apply to this program in the spring of PGY 2.


The Research in Residency program is designed and facilitated by a team of experienced and dedicated physician-scientists committed to your success.


Faculty mentors are well established researchers with a passion for teaching. Your mentor will share your research interests and be a resource for project and career guidance.

18 Months of Dedicated Research Time in PGY 3 & PGY 4

While typical residency years allow for Research time to be taken as an elective, the Research in Residency program allows you to dedicate a majority of your time to your project and coursework.


Coursework is designed and facilitated by experienced researchers from the BU Medical Campus:

  • Intro to Research Design & Analysis
  • Track Specific Seminars
  • Grant Writing Workshops
  • Professional Development Opportunities

Research Experience

Design, conduct and publish your own independent research, and participate in Journal & IRB Internships to help further immerse you in the physician-researcher environment.The Research in Residency Program will help you develop and refine foundational and functional skills including: 

  • Research Design
  • Data Analysis
  • Research Management
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Career & Professional Development.

Research Chief Residency Expectations

  • Guiding interns and residents as they navigate research during residency (help with   identifying mentors, suggesting ideas for scholarly work and working with the Director of   Resident Research on creating structures that makes it easier for residents to be  involved in research related activities).
  • Organizing 3-4 research in progress conferences
  • Working as a Chief liaison for the Resident Scholarship Committee
  • Participate in the leadership series organized for other regular IM Chiefs.


Your experiences in the Research in Residency program will prepare you for potential clinical and research fellowships, research grant opportunities, and a career as a basic or translational physician-scientist.

Meet Our Scholars


Interested candidates should send the following materials to Donna Gibson (

  • Cover letter indicating reason for applying to this training program
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 2 recommendation letters

Further Information can be obtained by contacting the program directors

Vanessa Xanthakis, PhD FAHA
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Biostatistics
Director of Research Training, Section of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology
phone: (617)-358-1304

Ashish Upadhyay MD
Associate Professor, Nephrology
Program Director, Nephrology Fellowship Program
phone: (617) 638-6500