ARRISE Program

ARRISE (Alternative Resident Research and Innovation for Scientific Excellence) Program


To provide support for anesthesia resident research during residency for individuals interested in academic medicine and research, who are not part of the AIRR program.


Must be in good standing with the residency program, cannot simultaneously participate in UCSF SOM Pathway Selectives, must pass the Basic ABA Board exam and be in good clinical standing.

Program Details

The UCSF anesthesia residency and the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care are committed to developing clinician researchers. As an alternative to the AIRR program (research-intensive extended residency), we have developed the ARRISE program for residents who wish to pursue research with no additional training time. The research time, described in detail below, can be split up or taken in block depending on how the trainee sees fit to maximize their productivity. During research blocks, the trainee will work one clinical day per week and will participate in the general weekend call pool. 

6-Month Track

For residents who have matriculated to UCSF and are interested in pursuing a significant time devoted to research, 6 months of 80% protected time can be awarded for projects in the CA2-3 year of residency. Applications are open to CA1 residents who have identified a mentor and worked with their mentor to develop a project. Scheduling is flexible and time in the CA2 year could be used in preparation for an extended block in the CA3 year to complete the project.

3-Month Track

Residents who have smaller scale projects are also encouraged to apply in the CA1 year for protected time for a scholarly project in their CA3 year. Mentorship and project scope are critical to success with this track. Flexibility for when protected time is scheduled will be considered to aid in successful completion of the proposal.


Trainee must email the Director of Resident and Fellow Research, Gregory Chinn with an intent to apply. Application will consist of a 1-page proposal, type 11 font or larger, margins 0.5 inch. The application must include the following sections: 

            1. Title of project 

            2. Primary Mentor 

            3. Research Question/Hypothesis 

            4. Methods 

            5. Anticipated Results 

            6. Timeline – Number of months requested per year for CA2 and CA3



Projects will be approved based on the quality of the proposal and project, the number of applicants, and the time available. Shorter projects requiring 1-2 months may be referred to the Research Selective program for approval.


Awardees will present their projects and data at the UCSF Anesthesia Research Day and at one of the Anesthesia Departmental Research-in-Progress seminars. Presentation at national or regional conference is also highly encouraged.


Gregory Chinn, MD, PhD
Director of Resident and Fellow Research