Yearlong Inquiry Program (YIP)

YIP is a yearlong pre-doctoral training program open to students in UCSF Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Dentistry. The program provides training and mentorship to pre-doctoral students in clinical and translational research methodology and practice. Students who wish to participate must take a year off from their studies and commit one year (July-June) to clinical and translational research work under the guidance of a UCSF mentor.


Applicants must be currently enrolled in the UCSF School of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry or Pharmacy and must apply through the Resource Allocation Program for Trainees (RAPtr).

Program Activities

  • Coursework: all YIP fellows take Designing Clinical Research and Responsible Conduct of Research. Late July/early August.
  • Works-in-Progress (WIP): every other week fellows gather to hear their peers present their research and to learn from faculty on a range of topics from ethical considerations in research to manuscript preparation. August through May.
  • Journal Club: fellows and invited guests meet four times during the year to discuss a paper in depth. August/November/February/April.
  • Inquiry Symposium: a large scientific poster session that includes posters from all four UCSF schools and the 5 disciplines. All YIP fellows create a scientific poster and then presents their work to a group of their peers and answers questions. It's a fun event and is always well-attended. Early May.
  • Inquiry Program Colloquium: each student gives an oral presentation of their work to mentors and program leadership. Late May.

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