Trainee Opportunities

Designing Clinical Research Course

The Designing Clinical Research courses for trainees are modeled after the highly successful TICR course for postdoctoral fellows and faculty. Offered in a one-month format in either a classroom or online setting, the courses are geared towards UCSF residents and health science students.

Clinical & Translational Research Fellowship Program (formerly PACCTR)

The Clinical & Translational Research Fellowship Program (CTRFP) is designed to train predoctoral students from all four UCSF schools with the aim of launching students toward careers as independent researchers. The program is designed to be flexible to meet the needs of students and includes both didactic and practicum components.

Catalyst Awards Internship Program

Catalyst Awards Internship Program provides an opportunity for students to learn about early translational research and the process of translating academic discoveries into valuable products. It runs parallel to the Catalyst Awards Program and allows the students to observe the events of the awards program, the review process, and the unique interactions between the academic researchers and industry experts.

Action Research Program

UCSF's Action Research Program (ARP) is a year-long experiential training course in Implementation Science for first and second year medical students. Each year, a multidisciplinary team of implementation scientists and medical students collaborates with different clinical practice to design and test new care delivery system strategies, with the goal of reducing costs, improving the quality of care, and enhancing patients’ experience. The program’s strength lies in its focus on generating solutions to practical problems and its ability to engage health care providers in research activities and intervention design and implementation.

Clinical Research Services Training

Clinical Research Services offers training opportunities to enhance clinical and translational research training and career development throughout UCSF. We welcome trainees' inquiries for training, especially in the area of research in Bionutrition and Nursing.

NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

Are you a trainee or junior faculty interested in a career in clinical and translational research? NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research provide an opportunity for trainees and young faculty to work on an existing NIH-funded project in a particular area of interest. Find out how to connect with a Principal Investigator who is doing research in your area of interest.

Graduate Programs in Clinical and Translational Research

  • Master's Degree in Clinical Research — a two-year course of study intended for advanced pre-doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty members who wish to master clinical research methods and pursue independent research careers.
  • Master's Degree in Translational Medicine — designed to train students in applying translational research and engineering approaches to solve fundamental problems in healthcare delivery.
  • Epidemiology & Translational Science PhD Program — designed to provide students with rigorous training in epidemiologic and biostatistical methods along with opportunities for practical experience in a wide variety of applied areas to enhance their classroom training.
  • Graduate Education in Medical Science (GEMS) Training Program — provides training to enable students in the major Biomedical Science Programs to pursue interactive investigations with clinical researchers that accelerate the application of basic science discovery to improvement of human health.

Professional Success Skills

Professional Success Skills, offered by the Office of Career and Professional Development, is a series of intensive workshops designed to enhance the professional development of UCSF graduate and professional students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows, and junior faculty.

Pre-Health Undergraduate Program (PUP)

The Pre-Health Undergraduate Program (PUP) is a summer clinical research training program for undergraduate students currently enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), who are planning to attend dental, medical, nursing, pharmacy or physical therapy professional schools after graduation, and who have an interest in a career in clinical research. Accepted UCB students will be enrolled in the Designing Clinical Research course, will be paired with a UCSF professional student who is enrolled in the course, and will work with the UCSF professional student on their research project applying the principles learned in the course. The purpose of the course is to train UCB students to evaluate the medical literature, to design clinical and translational research studies, and to encourage long-term collaborations between UCSF and UCB students.

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