Trainee Opportunities

Research Programs for UCSF Trainees

The Yearlong Inquiry Program (YIP) 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 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.

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.

See the Resource Allocation Program for Trainees (RAPtr) for additional research opportunities for UCSF students.

Courses & Workshops

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.

The Office of Career and Professional Development offers workshops to UCSF students and postdoctoral scholars to teach the professional skills required to navigate their careers successfully.

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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.

For Pre-Health Students

The Pre-Health Undergraduate Program (PUP) is a summer clinical research training program for undergraduate students currently enrolled at accredited 4-year institutions 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 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 students to evaluate the medical literature, to design clinical and translational research studies, and to encourage long-term collaborations between UCSF and undergraduate students.

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