As members of a Department of Medicine internationally recognized for research and education, residents are part of an educational environment and culture designed to foster excellence in clinical skills and the acquisition of medical knowledge. The Department has 171 full-time faculty members and more than 70 subspecialty and post-doctoral fellows in 13 divisions who contribute to the education of the residents. In aggregate, our faculty produces more than 300 publications a year in high impact journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, and JAMA.
The Department receives over $28 million dollars annually in extramural funding which includes support for the Vermont Center for Immunology and Infectious Disease, the Vermont Lung Center, the Cardiovascular Research Institute, the Vaccine Testing center, the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and numerous other programs that include clinical, translational and basic science. Faculty members serve on NIH study sections and FDA Advisory panels, are editors of journals and members of editorial boards, and hold leadership positions in national organizations.
Residents have ample opportunities for research during residency. Every resident is required to complete a research project. Interns are connected to department heads to help identify available research mentors in that specialty. By the end of intern year, residents are expected to share their project proposal to the Resident Research Committee. During second and third years, residents work with their mentor to complete their projects and work with the analytics department to provide data analysis. At the end of third year, residents present their research projects at the annual Resident Research Day. Most residents also present their research projects at regional and national conferences, and some publish them in journals.