Resident Research in Internal Medicine

Henry Ford Health has more than 1500 current studies, more than 200 medical specialists and research scientists, including 80 full time researchers. We rank in the top 20% of all NIH-funded institutions.

All residents in the Department of Medicine are expected to participate in some aspect of research or scholarly activity. The Associate Program Directors and Chief Medical Residents help guide residents and are always available for mentoring. Even if you have no research experience, you will build a foundation in research skills through the first year through required workshops which are woven into your intern schedule.

During your intern year, you will develop the following skills:

  • Develop a research question related to your interests.
  • Fill out an Institutional Review Board (IRB) form.
  • Utilize an analyst to pull data from our electronic medical record.
  • Utilize a statistician to analyze data.
  • Conduct and request a literature search through our library.
  • Utilize a HIPPA compliant secure database to store confidential data.

In addition to the above resources, we also have a medical writer who assists with writing manuscripts and grant applications, and the ability to apply for grants for medical education and innovation.

You have the ability to take up two research months during your training.

We allow up to $3000 for participant travel funding for conferences (with program director approval).

Many residents are engaged in research projects in collaboration with a senior faculty member. Residents often publish their research in peer-reviewed journals or present their projects at local, state and national meetings. Others work on individual projects, including oral and poster presentations for many Internal Medicine and specialty meetings.

In the recent past, our residents have been published in the following journals:

  • American Journal of Cardiology
  • Hemoglobin
  • Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine
  • Cureus
  • Clinical Liver Disease
  • International Journal of Hepatology
  • Annals of Translational Medicine
  • Practical Radiation Oncology
  • BMJ Case Reports
  • American Journal of Hypertension
  • Journal of Emergency Medicine
  • Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
  • Journal of Addiction
  • Annals of Emergency Medicine
  • JAMA Network Open
  • Hospital Practice, Open Heart
  • Clinical Infectious Diseases
  • Clinical Practices and Cases in Emergency Medicine
  • Case Reports in Hepatology
  • PLoS One
  • Blood Cells Molecules and Diseases
  • Archives of Dermatological Research
  • Dermatology Online Journal
  • Medical Clinics of North America
  • International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
  • Obesity Surgery
  • Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases
  • International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
  • Case Reports in Critical Care
  • Transplantation Proceedings

Senior staff physicians within the Department of Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital are actively engaged in basic and clinical research activities and are eager to serve as mentors for our residents in training. All residents are allowed up to two full months of research during their Internal Medicine residency training.

The Department of Medicine provides residents with the time and resources needed to support their research and scholarly activity including financial support for travel. When residents present at meetings, the residency will reimburse travel expenses incurred while away from the hospital (following Graduate Medical Education and hospital policies). Residents find their research projects and scholarly activity both challenging and rewarding.

resident research map

Information for Applicants
Interested in applying to one of our programs, call (800) 436-7936.

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