Resident Opportunities

Resident Research Training Program (RRTP)

Many graduate medical education programs at UCSF are working to facilitate clinical and translational research opportunities for residents who plan to make research a part of their careers. CTST has established a research elective and other initiatives to help promote residents' career development. The goals are to create opportunities for all residents to gain a foundational understanding of clinical and translational research methods and evidence-based medicine skills, and to inspire and facilitate residents to pursue future opportunities for career development as investigators.

The program is comprised of training, career development, courses, funding opportunities for clinical research, and travel to present findings at scientific meetings; and an annual research symposium.

RRTP Ambassadors

The Resident Research Training Program has appointed ambassadors for each residency program. The ambassadors will provide guidance and information to residents interested in pursuing research training. Please click on a department's name for information on that program.

Department Research Page Ambassador
Anatomic Pathology Patrick Treseler
Anesthesia and Perioperative Care Helen Kim
Clinical Pathology Enrique Terrazas
Dermatology Wilson Liao
Emergency Medicine Robert Rodriguez
Epidemiology and Biostatistics George W. Rutherford
Family and Community Medicine Teresa Villela
Internal Medicine Jeff Kohlwes
Laboratory Medicine Steve Miller
Neurological Surgery Nicholas Barbaro
Neurology Nerissa Ko
Obstetrics, Gynecology and RS Tami Rowen
Occupational and
Environmental Medicine
Robert Harrison
Ophthalmology Nisha Acharya
Orthopaedic Surgery Alfred Kuo
Otolaryngology Steven Pletcher
Pediatrics Roberta Keller
Preventive Medicine George W. Rutherford
and James P. Seward
Psychiatry Carol Mathews
Radiation Oncology Daphne Haas-Kogan
Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Thomas Link
Soonmee Cha
Surgery, Plastic Surgery
& East Bay Surgery
Hobart Harris
Urology Kirsten Green

Designing Clinical Research Course

Designing Clinical Research for Residents and Students (Epi 150.03, classroom setting, August) / Designing Clinical Research for Clinical Trainees (CTSI Online, October) is a course that requires 50% protected time and is taught twice a year, in August and October, in a one-month format. Modeled after the highly successful summer clinical research workshop of the Training in Clinical Research (TICR) program, the elective will lead residents through the essential components for writing a clinical research protocol, developed around their own clinical research question. The tangible product of the course is a 5-page clinical research protocol. The residents will attend bi-weekly group lectures and small resident-only seminar groups led by core faculty for the CTST resident initiative with additional faculty participating to meet resident enrollment.

NOTE: It is a requirement for those applying to Resident Research Funding (RRF) and Resident Research Travel to have successfully completed the Designing Clinical Research (DCR) course or equivalent didactic training in clinical research.

We are limiting DCR registration to the first 50 residents.

There are a number of courses in clinical and translational research available to residents.

For those residents with at least one year of protected time for research, we encourage enrollment in the Advanced Training in Clinical Research Program Certificate Program (ATCR). Residents pursuing ATCR without Departmental support should consult CTST to determine the availability of tuition assistance.

Residents conducting research are encouraged to present their work at the Resident Research Symposium; see below.

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Resident Research Symposium (RRSy)

CTSI in conjunction with the Molecular Medicine Pathway will hold its annual UCSF Multi-disciplinary Resident Research Symposium on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in Millberry Union. This research symposium provides an opportunity for residents to present their work and to develop cross-departmental collaborations. For the first time residents can submit bench and translational research abstracts or clinical and translational research abstracts.

Application Instructions and Deadlines:

Resident abstracts are reviewed for both oral and poster presentation. Residents are encouraged to submit projects at all stages of development, including posters already presented in another venue, and projects that are currently in-progress. All abstracts must include some data with at least preliminary results to present and are limited to 300 words. Residents may only present while in residency.

NOTE: All residents accepting any Resident Research Training Program (RRTP) award such as Resident Research Funding (RRF) or Resident Research Travel (RRT) agree to submit an abstract to the symposium before leaving UCSF. RRTP awardees should select Clinical and Translation Research on the form when submitting their abstract.

For additional questions please contact Dr. Anna Bakardjiev for bench and translational research and Christian Leiva for clinical and translational research..

Clinical and Translational Research Pathway to Discovery for Residents

The Resident Research Training Program (RRTP) provides a comprehensive set of research programs but recognizes that some residents may desire a more structured program that promotes and recognizes research scholarship. The UCSF Clinical and Translational Research (CTR) Pathway is designed to allow individuals at any level to participate in a structured program to promote scholarly investigation. Residents may join the CTR Pathway at any time during their UCSF residency, and those that complete the Pathway requirements will receive a certification letter which may be added to their academic file.

NOTE: The application for 2014 is closed. The next application will be due February 2015. Please check back for the form in December/January.

See also: Resident Funding

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