ABIM Research Pathway

The Department of Medicine offers candidates with interest in a career as a physician scientist the opportunity to enter our ABIM Research Pathway.  With approval of the American Board of Internal Medicine, residents train in the clinical sciences and in biomedical research through the Research Pathway.  Training leads to certification in internal medicine and a subspecialty plus 2-3 years of research.  Special rules apply to each of the subspecialties requiring 6-7 years of training in internal medicine, fellowship and research.

Dr. Terry Watnick

Dr. Terry Watnick oversees the Research Pathway and ensures that each resident receives effective and close mentorship through both personal counseling and group meetings with trainees in the Pathway.  Her expertise in mentoring young physicians and conducting her research of the biology of cystic kidney disease ensures that our trainees receive the comprehensive support they need to be successful while in the Pathway and in their future academic careers as physician scientists.  Our chair, Dr. Stephen Davis, is highly supportive of the Research Pathway as a means to ensure a successful trajectory for a careers.

Residents and fellows in the Research Pathway are strongly encouraged to enter the PhD for Clinicians program during their research years.  This program provides a rigorous, accelerated curriculum in basic or translational research. PhD's are awarded through the Graduate Program in Life Sciences and include programs in Biochemistry, Molecular Medicine, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative Science, Epidemiology, Gerontology and Toxicology. See the Ph.D. Program for Clinicians for more information.  

If you are interested in applying to the ABIM Research Pathway, see our Application Process and complete a Supplemental Application so you can elaborate on your research interests. Review the ABIM Requirements for this pathway for more information.  If you are invited for an interview for the Research Pathway, you will have a 1.5 day interview with so.  You will meet with Drs. Watnick and Wolfsthal, and with other faculty in internal medicine and your chosen subspecialty, thus giving you a comprehensive view of our residency, fellowship and research opportunities.  If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

Andrew Clerman, MD

Andrew Clerman, MD 

BS, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins University, 2006
MD, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 2011
Internal Medicine Residency, University of Maryland, 2011-2013
Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Maryland, 2013 - present 

Andrew completed his two years of Internal Medicine training with us in 2013, and is now in his fifth and final year of fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He is concurrently working towards a PhD in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology under the mentorship of Dr. Sergei Atamas. His research focuses the sub-cellular localization, proteolytic processing and differential expression of interleukin-33 in the context of lung injury, inflammation, and fibrosis.


Anan Said, MD

Anan Said, MD

BS, Neurobiology & Physiology, University of Maryland, College Park, 2006
MD, Howard University School of Medicine, 2011
Internal Medicine Residency, University of Maryland, 2011-2013
Fellowship, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Maryland, 2013 - present

Anan completed his two years of internal medicine in our residency program in 2013, and is now in his last year of fellowship in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. His research interests are in determining the molecular pathogenesis of gastrointestinal cancers, with particular attention to different signaling pathways in colorectal cancer. He is currently studying how acetylcholine-induced activation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) plays a role in colon cancer cell progression and metastasis, while continuing his clinical training in GI.


University of Maryland Medical Center's Fariha RamayFariha Ramay, MD

BS, Biology and Economics (Summa cum laude), Union College, 2009
MBA in Healthcare Management, Union Graduate College, 2010
MD, Albany Medical College, 2013
Internal Medicine Residency, University of Maryland, 2013-2015
Fellowship, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Maryland, 2015 - present

Fariha earned her Medical Degree with a Distinction in Bioethics at Albany Medical College in Albany, NY where she was awarded the Albert M. Yunich Prize, for excellence in Gastroenterology. She completed her internal medicine training in July 2015 and is currently a third year fellow in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Her prior research examined procedural cost-effectiveness of minimally invasive endovascular revascularization versus surgical bypass revascularization using an amortized cost per day of patency model for patients with femoral-popliteal (FP) occlusive disease. She has also studied the diagnostic sufficiency of 22-gauge (G) Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) and 22G biopsy needles (FNB) for Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)-guided sampling of solid pancreatic masses and abnormal-appearing lymph nodes. Her research interests include clinical research and healthcare resource utilization in gastroenterology, and outcomes research in Advanced Endoscopy. Fariha has accumulated several peer-reviewed publications as well as presentations at Digestive Disease Week (DDW).  She is currently examining the efficacy of endoscopic ablation therapy in the management of Barrett's Esophagus-associated dysplasia and early adenocarcinoma.


Ameer Abutaleb, MD

BS, University of Maryland College Park, Electrical Engineering, 2009
MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Internal Medicine Residency, University of Maryland, 2014-2016
Fellowship, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Maryland, 2016-present

Ameer received his Medical Degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is a first year fellow in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.  He has engaged in research with the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology for several years receiving the American Gastroenterological Association Eli and Edythe Broad Student Research Fellow award.  He was also a Benjamin H. Kean Fellow of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellow.  His work has included study of the role of acetylcholine induced activation of p38 mitogen activated protein kinase in human colon cancer cells.  Ameer has accumulated 5 peer-reviewed articles and several abstracts and oral presentations.  His research interests included non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and hepatitis C disease. 


Meagan E. Deming, MD, PhDMeagan E. Deming, MD, PhD

BA, Swarthmore College, 2006
PhD, Microbiology and Immunology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, 2013
MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, 2015
Internal Medicine Residency, University of Maryland, 2015-2017
Fellowship, Infectious Diseases, University of Maryland, Planned for 2017.

Meagan earned her Medical Degree and PhD from the University of North Carolina where she defended her thesis on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV). She has authored several peer-reviewed papers in major journals (Journal of Virology, Current Opinion in Virology) and presented her research at regional and international meetings.  Coming to the University of Maryland was an ideal move for her career development.  After completing her residency training in internal medicine this coming spring, Meagan will launch her fellowship in infectious diseases.  She plans to focus her research on respiratory viruses and build her lab as a physician scientist in our Institute for Human Virology.


Aaron Kaplan, MD | UMMC internal medicine residentAaron D. Kaplan, MD, PhD

BS, Chemical Engineering, Columbia University
MS, Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University
PhD, Physiology and Biophysics, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo, 2017
MD, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo, 2017

Aaron received his Medical Degree and PhD at the University of Buffalo after completing his MS at Columbia.  He is currently an intern in our residency program and will start his fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine in 2019.  Aaron has already published extensively with 20 peer-reviewed publications, 3 published abstracts, 4 poster presentations and 3 oral presentations.


Adam Zviman, MD | UMMC internal medicine residentAdam Zviman, MD

BS, Bioengineering, University of Maryland College Park, 2012
MS, Bioengineering, University of Maryland College Park, 2015
MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 2017

Aaron completed his Masters and Medical Degrees at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2017.  Over the next two years, he is completing his residency training in internal medicine.  He will transition to his fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine in 2019.