University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Program Structure

Program Committee

The IMPACT Program Committee is composed of physician scientists across the Department of Medicine. It includes co-directors Dr. Vincent Cryns and Dr. Joshua Lang, along with internationally recognized researchers Dr. Dawn Davis, Dr. Amy Kind, and Dr. Nasia Safdar. The committee meets quarterly to review the curriculum, trainee needs and career enhancement opportunities. 

Clinical Training

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Research Pathway condenses clinical training in internal medicine to two years, followed by subspecialty fellowship training during the PGY-3 year. Clinical rotations will encompass both inpatient and outpatient rotations at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. These hospitals are physically connected to the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) and the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR) towers.

Research Training

Research training can be completed under the mentorship of any faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Presentations from distinguished faculty members occur during our monthly meetings as well as scheduled interviews early during the clinical fellowship training. Final selection of a research advisor will be made with the assistance of the program committee.

During research training, the program directors and program committee will review progress on a yearly basis to ensure progress toward career independence. Trainees have multiple NIH-sponsored training grants, core facilities and clinical trial/biospecimen science support teams to facilitate their research goals. To learn more about the research interests of Department of Medicine faculty, please visit individual faculty profiles or subspecialty division research pages.

Didactic Training/Seminars

Trainees meet monthly with the program directors in seminars focused on didactics (e.g. Ethics in Biomedical Research) or faculty research presentations. Depending on the needs and interests of trainees, additional didactic training is available during the research years of the program through UW's Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) with the opportunity to complete formal certificate or degree programs in clinical research. Formal grant writing seminars are available every year and strongly recommended for each trainee. We have also implemented a "mock study section" to introduce trainees to the grant review process and improve their submissions.