University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health


The University of Wisconsin–Madison is one of the greatest public research universities in the world. UW–Madison is consistently ranked in the top 10 national research rankings for public and private universities, and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the Department of Medicine are equally committed to scholarly pursuits.

The UW School of Medicine and Public Health ranks in the top 25 U.S. medical schools for National Institutes of Health funding. The Department of Medicine is also consistently ranked among the top departments of internal medicine in the nation for NIH funding, and all 11 of our subspecialty divisions are robustly engaged in research activities.

Research Opportunities for Residents

All residents participate in a scholarly project during training. These range from reviews of clinical topics to clinical or basic science research.

To support resident research, we offer:

  • Up to 12 weeks in the PG-2 and PG-3 year to pursue research/scholarship (more can be requested);
  • Advances in Medicine: scholarly presentations during the PG-2 and PG-3 year that offer the opportunity for residents to develop a niche area of clinical expertise, and obtain useful feedback on presentation and teaching skills
  • Research mentors with the department and across campus in epidemiology, health services, public health and basic science research fields
  • Individualized training in evidence-based practice skills and presentations
  • We cover expenses for residents presenting research at regional or national meetings.
  • We also provide clerical support and mentorship to help you author a project for publication.

Residents avail themselves of these robust opportunities and publish or present about 50 articles or abstracts annually.

Additional Research Resources

The UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research also provides numerous educational resources to support patient-oriented research, including a masters and PhD in Clinical Research, and graduate certificates in Fundamentals of Clinical Research, Patient Safety and Clinical Investigation. We encourage residents to join those programs; many participate in research for short (1-3 months) or extended (>9 months) periods, either as electives or more formal research fellowships.

If you would like to continue to conduct research after graduation, training grants fully support postgraduate salaries and provide over 75 percent protected time for graduate school work and research. Many of these grants cover tuition for graduate school and provide an opportunity to compete for NIH-funded loan forgiveness.