University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Research Pathway IMPACT Program


From biology to therapy to population health, physician scientists serve as the link between our patients and the next revolution in medicine. Training the next generation of physician scientists is the primary goal of the University of Wisconsin Department of Medicine Physician-Scientist Training Program at the University of Wisconsin, also known as IMPACT (Internal Medicine Pathway for Academic Career Training).

IMPACT provides condensed clinical training in both internal medicine and the trainee's subspecialty of interest, followed by focused postdoctoral research training. Leveraging the unique opportunities afforded by the world-class University of Wisconsin, IMPACT trainees are able to conduct research and collaborate across the entire university. This rich environment enables IMPACT trainees to build their own unique research niche that will establish them as leaders in their respective fields.

Our trainees have received national awards and grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Doris Duke Foundation and other organizations. Our rigorous program prepares trainees to excel in the competitive landscape of academic medicine, and has a 100 percent success rate in appointments to tenure track academic positions upon graduation from IMPACT.

Program Directors

To Apply

Applications to the IMPACT program are accepted via ERAS only. Candidates should apply to the IM Categorical program and indicate interest in IMPACT in their personal statement. Accepted applicants are considered for both the IMPACT and Categorical program and will interview over the course of two days to facilitate meetings with researchers, residency leadership, and subspecialty clinicians.