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Educational Pathways

Our pathway opportunities allow for resident physicians to engage in an area of interest with focus and mentorship.  Given the time needed for this engagement, residents may only pursue one pathway at any given time. 

As a leadership team, we will highlight your engagement in a selected pathway at the time of graduation presuming the following minimum requirements are met:

1.       Participation in opportunities:  As deemed adequate by the pathway directors.

2.       Dissemination of scholarship:  This can be on a local, regional or national level.


Clinician Educator Pathway

Pathway Director: Jane Broxterman, MD; Laura Thomas, MD; David Naylor, MD

The Clinician Educator Pathway is a program integrated into the existing structure of the residency, which provides interested residents with the knowledge, skills, experience and mentorship to be prepared to enter the field as competent and inspired clinician-educators. Key areas for resident development include clinical teaching in a variety of settings; curriculum development and assessment; educational scholarship and leadership. Residents can engage in the pathway as a PGY1 or PGY2 for focused mentorship and development in their second and/or third year of residency training. 

Core components of the Clinician Educator Pathway include:

  • Curricular exposure to learning theory, curriculum design and leadership skills
  • Nomination to the Residents as Teachers Scholars Program
  • Active curriculum design and teaching role in UME or GME courses, simulation activities and/or small group teaching sessions
  • Mentored educational scholarship project development, completion and dissemination
  • Opportunity to apply for programmatic sponsorship to attend a national educational meeting

Research-Focused Pathway


Pathway Director:  John Miles, MD; Leigh M. Eck, MD

For trainees actively pursuing academic careers as an investigator in basic science or clinical research, a research pathway allows for protected time in the schedule to complete a clinical research project and/or write a grant proposal.  Residents can enter into this pathway as a PGY1 or PGY2 for a designated research schedule in their second or third year of residency training.

The research focused pathway allows for an individualized schedule to ensure:

  • Clinical assignment in future fellowship program (if applicable)
  • Up to three blocks (block = 3 weeks) of protected research time
  • Longitudinal +1 week research ½ days

Beyond this specifically designed schedule, the remainder of clinical experiences are identical to those of other categorical residents to meet all requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine. With evidence of appropriate ACGME milestones progression, prospective planning, an identified research mentor and research plan, and a clear commitment to completion, select trainees interested in pursuing the ABIM Research Pathway will be supported. Planning for this pathway will be undertaken during the PGY-1 year with notification to the ABIM by spring of PGY-2 year.

For additional details on the ABIM Research Pathway, please review the ABIM policies and requirements here.   


Population Health Pathway: Community/Global Health Opportunities

Pathway Director: Isaac Opole, MD; Jessica Newman, DO; Marie Brubacher, MD; Ben Quick, MD

We believe supporting resident physicians to become leaders in addressing health disparities in both resource rich and challenged areas is essential to our training philosophy. Our community and global health pathway provides residents with clinical experiences as well as research and educational opportunities that foster an understanding of the economic, social and political challenges that impact health equity.

Educational opportunities available in this pathway include:

  • Health Disparities Curriculum

    Curricular exposure includes: population health coursework, health disparities didactic and infectious disease clinical conferences

  • Programmatic support to attend a national education meeting

    Provision of elective time to attend a national meeting. Examples of opportunities include a two-week course in a rigorous non-degree summer program that trains public health leaders and health practitioners. The program is co-sponsored by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School. (Learn more). Of note, at this time, the program cannot cover tuition or living expenses associated with this course.

  • Community Health Experience

    Community health experiences include the opportunity to serve at the JayDoc Free Clinic on a longitudinal basis during +1 weeks in lieu of an alternative clinical assignment. The JayDoc Free Clinic provides urgent and preventive care services from KU medical students under the supervision of attending and resident physicians. It is entirely free of charge and designed to address social and financial barriers to health care access that exist in Wyandotte County and the surrounding area. Other community health experiences can be accommodated as elective assignments as well.

In 2019, there were 78 resident volunteer encounters at the JayDoc Free Clinic.  These encounters added up to over 312 service hours in which resident physicians  gained insight into the challenges many patients in the community have to navigate when in need of healthcare.       

  • Global Health Experience

    In partnership with Graduate Medical Education and the Office of International Programs, the University of Kansas Internal Medicine Program supports and facilitates global health experiences for our resident physicians. The Office of International Programs at The University of Kansas Medical Center has executed agreements with partner sites across the world. Details for applying for a global health elective educational experience can be found on our electives page.

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Pathway

Pathway Directors: Becky Lowry, MD; Kristin Gillenwater, DO; Sushant Govindan, MD; Marie Brubacher, MD

Residents seeking a deeper exposure to Quality Improvement and Patient Safety education can apply to the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Pathway. Residents can apply as a PGY1 or PGY2 for focused mentorship and development in their second and/or third year of residency training.

Core components of the QI/PS Pathway include:

  • IHI Self Study Certificate
  • Committee Membership:
    • QuEST - Internal Medicine Quality and Safety Steering Team
    • Patient Safety Conference Planning Committee
  • TUKHS GME Risk Management Elective
  • KCVA Quality Improvement Elective
  • HOPE Training - Helping Our People Ensure - The University of Kansas Health System
  • Development and implementation of a QI/PS project with a clear plan for dissemination of work
  • Opportunity to apply for programmatic sponsorship to attend a national QI/PS meeting
Last modified: Feb 28, 2020
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