The future development of the field of hospital medicine requires the recruitment and training of excellent researchers, educators, and clinicians. We have two major research fellowship training programs. Our Hospitalist Scholars Program is a 2-3 year fellowship designed to prepare hospital medicine physicians for academic careers as researchers, educators, or clinical leaders with expertise in quality improvement. Trainees participate in an intensive summer introduction to health service research, biostatistics, and clinical epidemiology and may then continue on to execute a mentored research project and obtain a Master’s Degree in Health Studies, Public Policy, or other relevant areas, such as health professions education. Participation in this program for some trainees is supported by a NRSA T32 Grant funded by AHRQ. We also have a National Hospital Scholars Program funded by AHRQ through our CERT that allows hospitalist physicians from around the country to participate in our intensive Summer Program in Outcomes Research Training (SPORT).
Our faculty play important leadership roles in the Internal Medicine Residency Program at The University of Chicago and in the Pritzker School of Medicine. Grants from the National Institute of Aging help support a T35 Summer Research Program in Aging for Medical Students and an MD/PhD Program in Aging and the Social Sciences to train MD/PhD students in the Social Sciences. We also employ a large number of University of Chicago undergraduates and are seeking to develop these programs into formal training programs to enhance their preparation for careers in the health professions. Each summer, our faculty, medical students, and college students collaborate to support a Training Early Achievers for Careers in Health (TEACH) Research, an NIH–funded program to promote the entry of talented Chicago high school students of diverse backgrounds into careers in health research.
Our Section also provides supervision of clinical care for residents at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, a nearby community hospital on the south side of Chicago. We represent roughly half of the teaching attendings at Mercy and serve in leadership roles for this residency program. Faculty from our section serve a number of important education leadership roles at the University including as core faculty and as associate program directors.