"Intellectual curiosity and passion are in the ether at Mass General. We live in a rich environment of scholarly work that takes many forms. Our residency program’s goal is to nurture your curiosity and academic development. We encourage all our residents to involve themselves in scholarly activities—following your passions and interests. Our world-class faculty are enthusiastic to work with residents on projects. This website was designed to help you develop your academic pathway."

Jay Vyas, MD
Program Director

Massachusetts General Hospital has the largest hospital-based research program in the United States. Mass General’s rich history in basic and clinical research touches on nearly every facet of internal medicine. Our vibrant academic community forms a key component of resident training through support of resident research and scholarly endeavors.

We recognized that scholarly activity is not limited to translational concepts of research. We define scholarly work as an academic project focused on education and teaching, medical education, quality & safety, or community work and beyond. Any project that enhances patient care, our work environment, or our community is scholarly work and is fully supported by the Residency Program.   

Each year, internal medicine residents present at national meetings and publish original scholarly work while working closely with mentors who are leaders in their fields. Residents have pursued projects in clinical trials, epidemiology, basic science, translational science, health policy and ethics, international health, community health, social justice and equity, and medical education. Examples can be found at the Mass General Scholarly Work site. The residency program advances scholarly work and mentorship through our "First Mentor" program, career pathway conferences, and the physician-scientist pathway.

Career Pathways

Throughout the year, residents have the opportunity to learn about different career models in academic medicine through a series of career pathway conferences. Invited speakers from a wide range of specialties and fields discuss their own career development during interactive sessions open to all residents.

Mentorship and Research Opportunities

With the assistance of program leadership, residents identify mentorship and scholarly projects at Mass General and throughout the Harvard system, including Harvard Medical School and other Boston-based research institutions. In addition, the Mass General Center for Global Health provides the opportunity to work abroad and participate in scholarly work on an international scale.

Resident experiences with scholarly work and mentorship begin early with careful advising from the chief residents, firm chiefs and program directors to define career interests and goals for the residency years. Residents are also assigned a “First Mentor” at the start of intern year to help them figure out their interests and learn about the opportunities at Mass General. 

Residents and mentors are encouraged to discuss scholarly work opportunities, possible mentors for academic projects, career planning and/or work-life balance.

Residents may also use the scholarly work and mentorship database to explore opportunities for collaboration.

Mass General Scholarship Sites

Mass General Basic Research Programs

Research News from Harvard University and Harvard Medical School (HMS)

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