General Internal Medicine Research Fellowship


General Internal Medicine fellows complete a two to three year fellowship program preparing them for careers in health services research. In the first year, fellows pursue a rigorous core curriculum in biostatistics, epidemiology and the fundamentals of health services research while working closely with faculty to develop an individualized program of study and initiate a research project based on their own interests. Coursework can lead to a Master’s degree in Public Health Sciences or Public Policy. The second-third year emphasis is on completing, presenting and publishing their research. Fellows spend one to two half days in a clinical setting and are also offered a variety of opportunities to teach residents, medical students or other trainees.

Major research opportunities span faculty interests including vulnerable populations, health disparities, quality of care & outcomes, cost-effectiveness, mental health, obesity, diabetes, and other chronic disease. Weekly conferences showcase the developing research projects of fellows, and faculty mentors from the Department of Medicine and the social sciences help scholars focus and refine their research.

Program Goals

  • Prepare talented physicians for careers in academic medicine
  • Provide a strong background in clinical research methods
  • Develop fellows into confident teachers and public speakers
  • Teach the essentials of performing health services research
  • Identify a focus for future research and scholarly work, and develop special expertise in the corresponding clinical domain and/or research methods
  • Develop grant writing skills for NIH applications or other potential funding agencies

Program Time Line

  • Summer beginning First Year – All Fellows attend Summer Program in Outcomes Research Training (SPORT)
  • First Year – Fellows are expected to meet with mentor(s) on a monthly basis to outline and advance their research goals and begin Master’s degree, MSCP or MAPP.
  • Second Year – Fellows will start submitting abstracts for presentations and complete coursework for Master’s degree.
  • Third Year (Optional) – Continue to submit abstracts and papers as well as write proposals for early career funding.


Applicants must be board-eligible or board-certified in internal medicine and eligible for licensure in the state of IL by July 1 of their first fellowship year. In addition, due to federal regulations based on our funding, applicants are required to be U.S. citizens or have permanent U.S. residence status at the time of the application.

Program Calendar:

Thursday, October 1, 2020            Application deadline for 2021

Wednesday, July 1, 2021              2021 Fellowship begins

Selection Process:

Applicants are screened on the basis of their career goals in developing a career in Health Services research and on the recommendations of faculty from their medical schools and residency programs.


Each application must include:

  • Application form
  • Applicant’s current CV
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted by faculty who are familiar with the applicant’s qualifications (One letter must be from the Director of your current or most recent clinical training program)
  • Applicant’s Personal Statement

Submit complete application packet to Fellowship Coordinator:

Morgan Ealey

Administrative Manager, Section of General Internal Medicine


Questions about the fellowship program should be directed to the Program Director:

Neda Laiteerapong, MD, MS, Director

Deborah Burnet, MD, MA, Co-Director and Chief, Section of General Internal Medicine