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Massachusetts General Hospital’s Internal Medicine Residency Program provides Tools of Human Investigation to residents to provide a focus on research and career building skills.
Tools of Human Investigation (THI) is a two-week elective rotation that focuses on clinical investigation, analytic and presentation skills, and career development. The course is offered four to five times throughout the academic year in order to retain a small group, interactive atmosphere while ensuring that all junior residents participate. Residents do not have inpatient clinical responsibilities during the THI course. Residents are exposed to a broad array of investigators in the Mass General community at all stages of their careers. At each session, faculty members summarize their own early career path, describe their research, and teach interpretation of the literature, presentation, writing, and research skills, exposing residents to a wide variety of research and academic careers and preparing them for leadership regardless of their chosen field.
The specific aims of Tools of Human Investigation are to:
Residents also work on existing research projects or develop a new research question and then propose methods to test their hypotheses. Residents present their projects to faculty mentors and program leadership on the final day of the course. Residents are also encouraged to submit their projects to the Annual Resident Research Day.
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