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Research-in-Residency (RIR)

Residents are encouraged to participate in highly mentored hypothesis driven research in a program supervised by Dr. Vincent Quagliarello, Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases.

Aims of the Program

The aims of the RIR Program are multiple, but the most important aim is to introduce residents to the methods of hypothesis driven research. It is our firm belief that even those residents geared to a career in clinical practice will become better clinicians by participating in hypothesis driven research. Another important aim is to enable those who are considering a career in either basic science or clinical research to use their time in residency to pursue their interests.


A total of three four-week blocks are assigned to research, either four weeks in the second year of residency and eight in the third year, or 12 weeks in the third year. Residents either find their own mentors or helped to find mentors in the area of their interest. The topic chosen for research may be either a basic science one or involve clinical investigation. After obtaining a commitment from the research mentor, residents are required to submit a short proposal that is then reviewed, suggestions offered if necessary before being approved.


Provide the opportunity and oversight for Yale Internal Medicine Residents to pursue a research project during residency. It is the strong opinion of the Department that having this opportunity will enhance the critical thinking skills of the resident as a bedside clinician.

Overall Goals

  • to facilitate scholarly thinking, creativity, and appreciation of the excitement in creating new knowledge in medicine at an early stage in clinical training
  • to broaden the scholarly sophistication of other elements of the program (i.e., morning report, peer teaching, work rounds)
  • to build a new element of academic comradery among house staff that will enhance and distinguish the program nationally

All residents are eligible for the RIR Program and pursue a hypothesis driven research project during 3 total elective months (maximum) during their PGY-2 and PGY-3 years.

Presentation of Results

All participating residents present the results of their research, in either poster or slide presentation format, at the end of their PGY-3 year at an Annual Research in Residency Day Symposium held each May.

Information for our Current Housestaff

Residents interested in participating in the RIR Program please download the current RIR Forms Packet. (Statement of Intent, Research Proposal Guidelines, Research Summary Guidelines, and Deadlines")

Faculty who have mentored residents in the Research-in-Residency Program

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