ABIM Research Pathway

The Department of Medicine offers candidates with interest in a career as a physician scientist the opportunity to enter our ABIM Research Pathway.  With approval of the American Board of Internal Medicine, residents may train in the clinical sciences and in clinical or biomedical research through the Research Pathway.  This training leads to certification in internal medicine after two years of clinical training plus at least two years of research in the setting of a subspecialty fellowship.  Special rules apply to each of the subspecialties with each requiring 6 or 7 years of training between internal medicine, fellowship and research.

Dr. Watnick photoDr. Terry Watnick oversees the Research Pathway and ensures that each resident receives effective and close mentorship through both personal counseling and group meetings with all the trainees in the Pathway.  Her expertise in mentoring young physicians and conducting her research of the biology of cystic kidney disease ensures that our trainees receive the comprehensive support they need to be successful while in the Pathway and in their future academic careers.  Our chair, Dr. Stephen Davis, is highly supportive of the Research Pathway as a means to ensure a successful trajectory for a career in scientific investigation.

Residents and fellows in the Research Pathway are strongly encouraged to enter the PhD for Clinicians program during their research years.  This program provides a rigorous, accelerated curriculum to train medical scientists for careers in basic or translational research. PhD's are awarded through the Graduate Program in Life Sciences. These programs include: Biochemistry, Molecular Medicine, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative Science, Epidemiology, Gerontology and Toxicology. See the Ph.D. Program for Clinicians for more information.

We seek to recruit 2-3 residents each year into our Pathway and currently have several residents and fellows in the Pathway across various subspecialties.  Their career goals and research interests are detailed below.  All residents and fellows in the Pathway are either currently in or recent graduates of our residency program.  

If you are interested in applying to the ABIM Research Pathway, see our Application Process to complete a Supplemental Application, which will allow you to elaborate on your research interests. Also review the ABIM Requirements for this pathway for more information.  If you are invited for an interview for the Research Pathway, you will have a more in-depth day-long visit with us.  You will meet with Drs. Watnick and Wolfsthal, and with other faculty in internal medicine and your chosen subspecialty, thus giving you a comprehensive view of our clinical and research opportunities.  We welcome your application for this track.  If you have any questions, please email us at umdmed@medicine.umaryland.edu.

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Andrew Clerman, MD 

BS, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins University, 2006
MD, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 2011
Internal Medicine Residency, University of Maryland, 2011-2013
Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Maryland, 2013 - present 

Andrew has just completed his two years of internal medicine training with us in June 2013 and began his clinical subspecialty training in Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.  He will continue his clinical training over the next two years and then start his research program.  As a resident, he investigated the dynamic expression of bitter taste receptors in the lung and how this leads to their bronchodilator effect.  His current research interests include the cellular response of the lung to systemic inflammation and the molecular mechanism underlying ARDS.

photo updatedAnan Said, MD

BS, University of Maryland, College Park, 2006
MD, Howard University School of Medicine, 2011
Internal Medicine Residency, University of Maryland, 2011-2013
Fellowship, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Maryland, 2013 - present

Anan completed his two years of internal medicine in our residency program in June 2013 and has started the research component of his fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.  His area of interest centers on signaling transduction pathways in gastrointestinal cancers.  During the next three and a half years, he plans to research different signaling pathways in colorectal cancer, and is currently studying how acetylcholine-induced activation of p38 Mitogen Activated Protein Kinase (MAPK) plays a role in colon cancer cell invasion. After completing his PhD for Clinicians Program during his research years, he will continue his clinical training in GI for an additional 18 months.

photo updatedFariha Ramay, MD

BS, Biology and Economics (Summa cum laude), Union College, 2009
MBA in Healthcare Management, Union Graduate College, 2010
MD, Albany Medical College, 2013
Internal Medicine Residency, University of Maryland, 2013-2015
Fellowship, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Maryland, Planned for 2015

Fariha earned her Medical Degree with a Distinction in Bioethics at Albany Medical College in Albany, NY where she was awarded the Albert M. Yunich Prize, for excellence in Gastroenterology. She joined our residency program in July 2013 as an intern and will be completing her Internal Medicine training over the next two years after which she will transition to fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Her prior research has examined procedural cost-effectiveness of minimally invasive endovascular revascularization versus surgical bypass revascularization using an amortized cost per day of patency model for patients with femoral-popliteal (FP) occlusive disease. Her prior research in gastroenterology has compared the diagnostic sufficiency of 22-gauge (G) Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) and 22G biopsy needles (FNB) for Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)-guided sampling of solid pancreatic masses and abnormal-appearing lymph nodes. Her research interests include clinical research in Gastroenterology as well as healthcare resource utilization research in the specialty, including outcomes research in Advanced Endoscopy.

ABIM Research Pathway photoPatrick Williams, MD, CM, PhD

B.Sc (honors), Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine, 2004
PhD, Experimental Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 2007-2011
M.D., C.M., McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 2005-2013
Internal Medicine Residency, University of Maryland, 2013-2015
Fellowship, Hematology and Medical Oncology, University of Maryland, Planned for 2015

Patrick joined our residency program in July 2013 as an intern and will be completing his internal medicine training over the next two years.  He will then transition to his fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology in our Greenebaum Cancer Center.  The focus of his PhD was the development and characterization of novel cytokines for cancer immunotherapy. Additionally, he collaborated with colleagues in developing therapies and finding new uses for old drugs for autoimmune diseases and myocardial infarction. He is interested in translational research, particularly in modulating immune responses to improve outcomes in cancer, as well as other diseases. Ultimately, he plans to practice academic medicine, where he would like to combine his research and novel developments into his medical practice. 

This page was last updated: October 1, 2013

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