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Academic Internal Medicine Track

The Academic Internal Medicine (AIM) Residency Track provides additional academic training to internal medicine residents who have an interest in conducting clinical research as generalists. The AIM Track is an opportunity for residents to receive training in public health and clinical and translational research, and actively participate in scholarly activities under the mentorship of Department of Medicine faculty.  This AIM Track prepares residents for fellowships in General Internal Medicine as well as other career opportunities in academic medicine focused on clinical and translational research. UIC has resources in the Department of Medicine, School of Public Health (SPH), Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) to support the curriculum, experiences, and mentorship of residents in the AIM Track.

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The AIM Track curriculum may include in-depth study of clinical epidemiology and population health, behavioral science, public health, medical informatics, health interventions, research methods, health economics, and health services research. Additional areas of training opportunities may include health disparities, medical writing and presentation, community-based participatory research, survey research methods, and clinical decision analysis. The curriculum, which is personalized to each resident’s interests, may include online classes through the SPH as part of a certificate program. Other methods of learning throughout residency include journal clubs and research conferences through the CCTS.

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Residents in the AIM Track receive formal mentorship to support their research experience during residency. Residents actively engage in a research project with opportunities for presentations locally at UIC as well as at a national conference. UIC offers fully online certificate programs designed to fill a growing need for clinicians competent to conduct research (e.g., Health Disparities Research). Credit may also be applied towards an MS degree for those who continue taking classes after residency. UIC’s online certificate programs are taught by experienced faculty and are designed to provide easily accessible training in research skills to health professionals.

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