Department of Medicine

Research Pathway (MeRIT Program)


The Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine has a long-standing commitment to the career development of the next generation of academic physician-scientists.  Baylor provides an exceptional environment for clinical and research training. Our Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP) is named the MeRIT (Medical Resident Investigator Track) program.  The MeRIT program fulfills the requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) research pathway.   

The depth and breadth of opportunities for MeRIT Program training with preeminent investigators are truly remarkable, with opportunities in basic science, clinical, translational, and health services research. The MeRIT program allows residents to pursue their research interests with faculty from Baylor and affiliated academic institutions. Our MeRIT Program Mentor Catalog provides a very small sampling of the many faculty members committed to serve as primary mentors for MeRIT trainees. A broader listing of the extensive research opportunities and potential mentors available for MeRIT trainees can be found by browsing through the list of the many interdisciplinary research centers at Baylor College of Medicine.  

The curriculum involves two years of clinical training (instead of the usual three years) and three uninterrupted years of research training. The three years of research training can be performed at the end of the two years of clinical residency, or they can be performed at the end of subspecialty training at Baylor. Thus, each MeRIT scholar has the ability to tailor their research training experience to maximize career development. During the three research years, 20 percent of each year will be spent in clinical experiences, including at least one half-day per week in a continuity clinic. The resident will not have any on-call responsibilities during the research years. Furthermore, one of the research years can be used to fulfill the research requirement for subspecialty board certification.  In addition to the primary research mentor, each trainee will have a defined mentoring committee, and their research training is integrated with Baylor’s Clinical Scientist Training Program and interested trainees have the option of pursuing an advanced graduate degree.    

Internal medicine residents selected for the MeRIT Program are expected to be among the top applicants, not only on the basis of extraordinary clinical competence but also on a commitment to pursuing academic careers as physician-scientists. MeRIT scholars are assured funding for the entire five years of the program, and are anticipated (though not required) to pursue subspecialty training at Baylor. As you make plans for residency training, we encourage you to consider the MeRIT Program and think about collaborating with its distinguished group of faculty. 


Program Director


Rolando Rumbaut, M.D., Ph.D 
Phone: (713) 798-8930