Clinical Instructorship with Research Training

Clinical Instructorship with Research Training

Aims and Mission of the Clinical Instructorship Program
The Clinical Instructorship with Research Training program is designed to provide clinical research training to individuals who wish to maintain a strong clinical commitment, while also participating in clinically oriented research. The program will provide training in clinical research study design methods and analytical techniques. At the end of the one to two-year training period, it is expected that trainees will become skilled at participating in high-quality patient-oriented research. This program is separate from the Pathway to Scientific Independence and NIH T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship programs that are designed for individuals intending to spend the majority of their professional time on research-related activities.

Training Curriculum
The trainee is anticipated to complete the following core curriculum at UCSF:

The TICR Program is designed to provide training in clinical and outcomes research for physicians and other health scientists. This course is taught by faculty in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The objectives are to train clinical scientists to acquire the skills needed to plan and conduct clinical research, critique and interpret the research of others, carry out meta-analyses, decision and cost-effectiveness analyses. The program consists of lectures and a clinical research workshop dealing with study design, subject recruitment and sampling plan, measurement instrument and questionnaire, consent form, budget and timetable. The Advanced Training in Clinical Research (ATCR) Program is a sequel to TICR that provides additional advanced instruction on clinical research techniques. For fellows who wish to pursue the two-year program, this course is recommended.

Other Courses Offered by the University
In addition to the above courses, trainees may also wish to enroll in other elective courses, such as scientific writing or the responsible conduct of research, during their first year of training.

Qualifications of Fellowship Applicants
Completion of anesthesia residency training program in the United States or other countries with reputable training programs. For applicants who have completed residency training in another country, additional restrictions may apply.

Funding of Fellowship
If the fellow has no external funding, the fellow is expected to participate clinically by working as an anesthesiologist at UCSF. The work schedule currently is designed to be:

  • Day Clinical Commitment: 1.5 days/week
  • Call Clinical Commitment: 1.5 days/month (i.e. Full call).

If the individual is not eligible to take in house call, the fellow is expected to work 2 OR days/week.

If the individual participates clinically as described above, an additional title at the time of appointment will be clinical instructor.

A period of proctoring should be allowed to determine the clinical competency of the individual who will function as an instructor-level anesthesiologist. If the research mentor has funding, partial salary support for a lesser clinical load may be allowed if indicated.

Application Process
Prospective applicants should inquire by emailing their CV to:

Claire Harmon, Clinical Research Fellowship Coordinator
E-mail: claire.harmon@ucsf.edu

CVs should be submitted at least 9 months preceding the potential fellowship start date.

Following review of the CV, selected applicants will be invited to choose a research mentor and submit a full application, which will include the research mentor's name, a letter of intent describing the proposed research project, and an NIH-style biosketch.

Research Mentorship
The fellow must select one primary research mentor who will guide the research studies conducted by the fellow over the training period. Mentors in the Department of Anesthesia (all campuses) with a good track record of research and mentorship should be sought out by the fellow.