Department of Medicine faculty play an active role in the education of medical students, contributing nearly a quarter of the total teaching effort for medical students, a larger share than any other single department.
Department of Medicine faculty have designed and actively direct some of the most highly evaluated courses in the School of Medicine.
Faculty also serve the medical school in the form of additional leadership and education responsibilities, including:
- Directing three of the five major blocks and 17 of the 29 courses offered within the School of Medicine curriculum
- Directing multiple clerkships, including:
- Adult Inpatient Medicine Clerkship
- Combined Ambulatory Medicine and Pediatrics Clerkship
- Acting Internship in Internal Medicine
- Medical Intensive Care Unit Clerkship
- Preceptoring and mentoring students throughout their four years of medical school
- Engaging in interdisciplinary training programs, involving pharmacy, nursing, and advanced practice provider students, in addition to medical students
- Service to the School of Medicine as Advisory Deans, Assistant Dean for Scholarly Projects, and participation on the curriculum and admissions committees.
- Memberships in the Academy of Master Educators
Faculty are also committed to research education in a number of ways:
- Directing the Clinical Scientist Training Program
- Teaching the majority of this program’s clinical and translational curriculum
- Actively participating as mentors for medical students’ research projects, on dissertation committees, and in MD and PhD education projects
BASIC AND TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH TRAINING
We recognize the importance of competing for federal training grants and its role in making the Department of Medicine a hub for research training. Nationally recognized strength in research training is critical in the recruitment of promising young research scientists and physician scientists, the mechanism by which the Department builds its scientist pipeline. Thanks to our commitment to excellence in research training and our strong emphasis on federal training grants, the Department's Divisions and individuals have been extremely successful in receiving federal funding to support research training.
Training Grants and NRSA Awards
The Department of Medicine leads a number of T32 training grants. Click the links below to navigate to each Division's T32 program information.
- Endocrinology and Metabolism
- General Internal Medicine
- Geriatric Medicine
- Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine
- Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology
- Vascular Medicine Institute
In addition to programmatic training grants, the Department's junior investigators, under the mentorship of our seasoned faculty, have several individual National Research Service Awards (NRSA), VA Career Development Awards, and Foundation training grants.
Career Development Awards for Junior Faculty (K-Awards)
The Department facilitates grant writing courses to enable junior investigators to secure federally funded Career Development Awards. The department faculty have 28 current K awards from the NIH. In addition, the department is home to the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE), which is the University of Pittsburgh's premier clinical and translational research training program as well as the Research Education and Career Development Core of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). The ICRE offers several degree programs (e.g., certificate, MS, and PhD in Clinical and Translational Science, and a certificate and MS in Medical Education) as well as multiple training and career development programs (e.g., TL1, KL2, K12 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Scholars Program).