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The Research arm of SGIM is comprised of the Research Committee and various other task forces and work groups that help develop new material geared toward research goals in the field of general internal medicine.

The Research Committee identifies and responds to the needs of investigators at all levels of their careers by: improving forums for investigators to present their work; stimulating young investigators, recognizing their work, and promoting them within SGIM; increasing senior investigators' involvement in the Society; disseminating and encouraging implementation of policy statement on promotions and tenure for investigators; developing and implementing mentorship programs; informing members about research funding and training opportunities; and collaborating with the Health Policy Committee on AHRQ and VA issues. 

2020-2021 Research Committee Initiatives:

  1. Maintain and promote the SGIM Dataset Compendium as a valuable tool for researchers to identify and explore publicly-available research datasets.
  2. Showcase and promote funding opportunities including the SGIM Funding Website and revitalization of the “Funding Corner” of the SGIM Forum.
  3. Recognize outstanding researchers through the oversight and selection of SGIM Research Awards and Grants.
  4. The committee also will explore new options for support of dissemination of research methods and career development in the upcoming year.
  5. VA Partnered Research Program- As health systems (the VA and others) increasingly hire and fund generalist researchers, skills development for embedded investigators is a valuable asset. This curriculum will help train a cohort of generalists in partnered research. Other national organizations such as AcademyHealth, AHRQ, and career development programs through CTSI and NIH programs have also recognized this need, so this creates an opportunity for SGIM to engage with these broader organizations through the development and deliverables resulting from this newly developed partnered research curriculum.
  6. General Internal Medicine Fellowship Experience and Outcomes Survey- We will develop a new survey on the experience and outcomes of past and present GIM fellows and program leaders that would help current and future fellows and fellowship program directors and leaders to understand the needs and gaps in GIM fellowship training and identify ways to help support and enhance the pipeline of successful generalist researchers.

Additional Research Resources 

Resources provides links to useful research references, such as regarding training programs, funding, research awards, research seminars, Community of Science, and the NIH clinical trials registry.

Dataset Compendium helps researchers identify and explore publicly-available research datasets, especially for health services research, clinical epidemiology, and research on medical education.

Funding Opportunities contains links to federal and other sources of funding.

Awards summarizes SGIM's awards program.


Melissa Wei, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.
Chair, Research Committee
University of Michigan Medicine
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John Mafi, M.D., M.P.H. 
Co-chair, Research Committee
David Geffen School of Medicine
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Michael Pignone, M.D.
Council Liaison

University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

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Interested in joining the Research Committee? 

Please contact Erika Baker, Staff Liaison,  for more information. Also, visit the SGIM Volunteer Center for more volunteer opportunities.