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The General Internal Medicine (GIM) Research Fellowship is designed to prepare independent clinician-investigators to pursue careers in clinical and population health sciences. The overarching purpose of the research conducted by CPHS scientists and fellows is to generate knowledge and translate discoveries in order to enhance the health and wellness of individuals under the purview of generalist physicians.

Program Overview

The GIM Research Fellowship is a two-year mentored research training program that provides the opportunity for physicians to gain the experience and expertise necessary to become independent clinician-investigators. Fellows engage in primary research activities with guidance from a mentor or panel of mentors, while also participating in clinical work for up to 20% of their time.

CPHS Program scientists and mentors include both junior and senior faculty with expertise in a wide variety of clinical content areas and research methodologies:

  • Health Services Research

  • Community Engagement

  • Patient-centered Outcomes

  • Comparative Effectiveness

  • Quality Improvement and Safety

  • Medical Education

  • Health Disparities

  • Substance Use Disorders / Addiction

  • Learning Health Systems

Skills development is provided via seminars, journal clubs, didactic coursework, and one-on-one mentorship interaction. Areas covered include the following, with an emphasis on the practical application of clinical and population health sciences methodology:

  • Exposure to relevant epidemiological, statistical, experimental, and quasi-experimental methodologies

  • Analysis of large data sets

  • Health outcomes measurement

  • Decision analysis

  • Economic evaluation

The pursuit of advanced degree (e.g., MSPH, MPH, MBA, etc.) is an option for those individuals who are interested.

Training Environment

UAB Medicine is one of the top academic medical centers in the United States and Alabama's largest single-site employer. Anchored by UAB Hospital, the center's ambulatory care facilities, VA Medical Center, and Children's Hospital of Alabama are located within easy walking distance of each other, and many pathways are connected by sky bridges for easy access.

UAB Medicine has been named one of U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals, the Number 1 Best Large Employer for 2021 by Forbes magazine and is listed among the 150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker's Hospital Review.

UAB Medicine was also designated a Health Care Equality Leader by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for demonstrating leadership in LGBTQ health care and employment.

Applications are currently being accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis for the next cohort of fellows to begin July 1, 2023.

For more information, please reach out to any of the contacts listed below.

Fellowship Program Contacts  

andrea cherringtonAndrea Cherrington, M.D., MPH

Fellowship Director 

ben taylorBen Taylor, M.D., MPH

Associate Fellowship Director 

stefan kerteszStefan Kertesz, M.D., MSc

Associate Fellowship Director 

trudi hortonTrudi Horton, Ph.D.

CPHS Program Director