The Great Opportunity: Cultivating Scientific Inquiry in Medical Residency

J Infect Dis. 2018 Aug 14;218(suppl_1):S44-S48. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiy200.


Residency training is a profound experience that greatly influences the career trajectory of every trainee. Currently, residency programs focus heavily (or almost exclusively) on the acquisition of medical knowledge and fail to foster intellectual curiosity and introduce residents to careers in investigation. We share 3 programs embedded in residency training where this focus is shifted with an emphasis on prompting intellectual curiosity and exciting residents about careers in investigation to revitalize the physician-scientist workforce.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Career Choice
  • Health Workforce
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Physicians*
  • Research Personnel*