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Gap Year Opportunities

for Research:
At UCSF and Beyond

Disclaimer
Some dates may be pending

Please confirm with respective websites for


final details, particularly for external
programs

Outline
Benefits of a year-long program

Home and Away programs


Reasons to apply for internal and external
funding

Intramural and Extramural opportunities


explained

RAPtr intramural application process


Next steps for you!

Definitions
Intramural

Extramural

(Internal)

(External)

Home

Away

Funding Source

Fellowship Program

Benefits of a Year Long Program


Important career stepping stone
Most progress happens in last half of a yearlong program (exponential learning curve)

A structured program provides oversight, and


often didactics, peer support, and organized
mentorship

Funding is typically through a one-time


application

Many programs have continuing alumni support

Home Programs
Apply through UCSF RAPtr website
(single yearlong application for the below funders)
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Deans
PROF-PATH
Phillip R Lee
Linker
TL1

Can be international
URM and Health Disparities
Health Policy and Populations
Hematology/Oncology
Clinical/Translational

Apply through Howard Hughes Medical Inst.


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HHMI

Molecular Medicine/Basic

Away Programs
Doris Dukethis program is like a hybridaway in Africa
and non-UCSF schools*

NIH Medical Research Scholar Program


HHMI
Sarnoff

(Cardiovascular)

Fogarty

(International)

Other opportunities (AHA, ADA, ASN,....)

* UCSF, Duke, Harvard, U Minnesota, Yale and UNC

Reasons to Apply to Internal and


External Programs
Putting more lines in the bucket increases the chances of
catching more fish

Applications are similar in structure & deadlines


Some external funding is greater and has more benefits,
including national recognition

UCSF has a very good track record for students receiving


national awards

External funding allows more UCSF students to receive


internal funding

Internal funding has gotten more competitive not all


intramural applications get funded!

Intramural Funding Benefits


Approx. $26,000 stipend (varies each year)
Health insurance if needed
Additional funds to support research and travel
during the fellowship year (depending on the
funding source)

Enrollment in a Pathway and MD with Distinction

Year-long Clinical and Translational


Fellowship Program
(CTRFP)
Peter Chin-Hong, M.D.
Associate Program Director
Joel Palefsky, M.D, Program Director

Kim Woodhouse, Program Administrator

Year-long clinical and


translational fellowship program
NIH, UCSF and Doris Duke funded
Provide fellowships to medical students to
conduct clinical/translational research
Emphasize mentoring with
clinical/translational researchers and
research teams
Provide both didactic and research
experience

Activities for CTRFP/DDCF


Fellows
Biweekly meetings
Journal clubs
Works-In-Progress Seminars
Social events throughout the year

CTSI meeting at NIH


Annual year-end national meeting
Annual UCSF symposium

Doris Duke
For students wishing to spend one year at an approved
UCSF research site internationally (DDCF application is
partially through UCSF)

For students wishing to spend one year at one of the other,


non-UCSF DDCF schools
o These students must apply through the DDCF

For UCSF students doing international research


If interested, contact Kim Woodhouse to discuss the
DDCF application process

DDCF application process


For students applying for international fellowships

For students applying via other DDCF schools (6)


January 13, 2015 deadline
Application dates and selection dates are same for
all schools (and coordinate with other fellowship
programs)
Web-based DDCF application submission that goes
directly to each school
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Some schools ask for additional information (UCSF requires


you to complete a RAPtr application)

What is PROF-PATH?

Academic career and research training


program funded by NIH and UCSF.
Goal is to increase and enhance research
opportunities at UCSF
Competitive application through RAPtr Portal
Eligible if student is doing health disparities
research or is from NIH denominated health
disparities population background

PROF-PATH PROGRAM

Year-long or
Quarterly/Summer

Funding (Same as Doris Duke,


TL1, includes travel, but not
global health)

Academic Skills Curriculum


(Once a month, evening)

WIP sessions with TL1 Scholars

PP faculty mentor for career


advice

Ethics Training (online)

Questions?

Victoria Chen
ChenV@fcm.ucsf.edu
Alicia Fernandez, MD
afernandez@medsfgh.ucsf.edu

http://meded.ucsf.edu/p
rof-path

2012 Howard Hughes Medical Institute

ELIGIBILITY FOR BOTH PROGRAMS


In good standing at a medical, dental, or veterinary school
located in the U.S.
Not currently in a combined professional degree/Ph.D.
program
May not have a Ph.D. in a laboratory-based biomedical
science
Do not have to be from a research-oriented school
Prior research experience is advantageous (Janelia Farm
option requires prior research experience))
U.S. citizenship not required but you must be eligible to
work in the U.S.
2012 Howard Hughes Medical Institute

YEAR-LONG MEDICAL
FELLOWS PROGRAM
Conduct research at any
academic or nonprofit
institution in the U.S.
except for the NIH
Mentor and project chosen
before you apply
Selection of mentor and
research project are key
components of the
application process
Receive funding to attend
Med Fellows regional
meetings and scientific
conferences

2012 Howard Hughes Medical Institute

MEDICAL FELLOWS AT
JANELIA FARM
Live and work at HHMIs Janelia
Farm Research Campus in Ashburn,
VA (near Washington, D.C.) for a year
Use innovative and emerging
technologies to research neuronal
network function or imaging at the
cellular and molecular level.

Two-step application process


requiring:

Prescreening application due by


November 1
2012 Howard Hughes Medical Institute

YEAR-LONG PROGRAM:
FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Annual stipend of $29,000


$5,500 fellows allowance for
medical, dental, and vision
insurance, and educationrelated expenses

$5,500 research allowance for


travel to scientific meetings,
Med Fellows regional
meetings, and some researchrelated expenses

2012 Howard Hughes Medical Institute

YEAR-LONG PROGRAM: STATISTICS (2008-2012)


2008:
228 applicants from 73 schools
68 accepted from 27 schools

2011:
244 applicants from 81 schools
71 accepted from 30 schools

2009:
231 applicants from 65 schools
70 accepted from 27 schools

2012:
226 applicants from 68 schools
71 accepted from 27 schools

2010:
274 applicants from 74 schools
74 accepted from 27 schools

2012 Howard Hughes Medical Institute

NIH Medical Research


Scholars Program
You dont need to choose a research project in
advance
Many basic and clinical and translational
opportunities available at the NIH
Accommodations provided on or near the NIH
campus
$33,700 stipend and moving expenses
Curriculum includes research seminars, journal
clubs, and direct interactions with NIH leaders.
Application due January 15, 2015

Medical Research Scholars


Program: Housing

Sarnoff Cardiovascular
Research Foundation

Inspiring the Physician- Scientists of Tomorrow

Medical Student
Research Fellowships

Sarnoff Mentoring
Each Fellow is paired with a member
of the Foundations Scientific Committee who will:
* Provide guidance during the research year
* Visit the Fellows lab during the year
* Aid in overall career development

Many opportunities to interact with other


Fellows, Scholars, Alumni and Scientific
Committee

Alumni Programs
Lifelong commitment to fellow
Webinars (advice on residency and

fellowship applications, grant writing,


careers in academia and industry, etc.)

Regional networking receptions


Leadership Training Retreats
Alumni-specific programs at Sarnoff
Annual Meeting

Sarnoff Benefits

Annual stipend - $28,500


Fellowship Allowance - $7,000
Moving Expenses
Health Insurance
Travel Expenses
Computer equipment
Financial support to attend Sarnoff Annual
meetings, AHA meetings, and other mtgs

Summary and Application


Can conduct research any where in the US
Lifelong Alumni support and offerings
Large Alumni Network
Lifelong mentoring by top physician
scientists in the country
Application--Personal Statement, Essay,

Curriculum Vitae, Transcript, Sponsors


Endorsement (medical school faculty), Letters of
Recommendation

Sarnoff Information
Dana Boyd, Executive Director
Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation
dboyd@SarnoffFoundaton.org
www.sarnofffoundation.org

The UCSF/UCB Joint Masters Program


In Translational Medicine
A Master of Science (MS) degree program in Bioengineering
with coursework and project focus on Translational Medicine
UCSF Medical School Gap-Year Research Opportunity

Master of Translational Medicine (MTM)


Mission: To provide engineers, clinicians, and life scientists with
the training needed for biomedical innovation and translation.
MTM Curriculum
Bioengineering
(10 semester units)

Clinical/Regulator
y (6 semester units)

Capstone Project
(team-based)

Business/Leadershi
p (8 semester units)

Students take courses at both UCSF and UCB


Projects are focused on medical technology
http://bioeng.berkeley.edu/mtm
Applications due: January 6, 2015

Summary of programs
Intramural
Yearlong
Funding

PROF-PATH
(intramural,
through
RAPtr)

Doris Duke
International

Doris Duke

HHMI

Location

UCSF

UCSF

International

Elsewhere

UCSF*

Mentor

Apply with
project and
mentor

Apply with
project and
mentor

Apply with
project and
mentor
(UCSF)

Mentor and
project
selected
after
acceptance
(most)

Apply with
project and
mentor

Deadline

Jan 15

Jan 15

Jan 15

Jan 15

Jan 15

Stipend

$26,000

$26,000

$28,000

$28,000

$29,000

Notification

Mid-March

Mid-March

Mid-March

Mid-March

Mid-March

Starts

July 1

July 1

Research
stipend

no

no

yes

yes

yes

UCSF
students/yr

10-15

1-2

1-5

Summary of programs, cont


NIH
programs

Sarnoff

Fogarty

Masters in Translational
Medicine

Location

NIH

Elsewhere

International

UCSF/UCB

Mentor

Mentor and
project
selected
after
acceptance

Mentor and
project
selected
after
acceptance

Selected after
interviews

Selected before or during


program

Deadline

Jan 17

Not
announced

Not announced

Jan 6

Stipend

$33,700

$28,500

pending

Notification

Mid-March

Mid-March

Mid-March

Starts

July

June-Sept

Research stipend

yes

yes

UCSF students/yr

3-5

July

1-2

1-3

RAPtr Application:
One Application, Many Opportunities

Yearlong Letter of Intent: Due October 31st, 2014, 5pm


(available mid-September)

Yearlong Intramural Applications (available in early-December):


Due January 15th, 2015, 5pm

RAPtr Yearlong application process


Select a mentor and a research project
Submit a research application by January 15, 2015
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Personal statement
Research Plan Title
Research Plan Summary (should not exceed 250 words)
Research Plan (should not exceed 2,100 words)
Research Plan Citations
Two letters of reference from persons (other than the mentor )
Deans letter
Mentors endorsement including information on the mentors
plans for training the applicant, training experience, grant
support, a brief curriculum vitae, and an evaluation of the
applicant

Pathways/MD with Distinction - students who receive an


intramural yearlong fellowship will have automatic enrollment

Application Tips:
START EARLY
Only use your UCSF email address within the
application (and make sure your mentor does as well)!
You can work on your application for up to 2 weeks;
the system will provide you with a unique link to your
application that will expire after two weeks.
It is YOUR responsibility to provide your mentor with
the mentor endorsement link and make sure they know
the deadline.
If you receive outside funding, you MUST notify us of
that fact.

See http://meded.ucsf.edu/raptr/applicationpreview-samples for full application samples


from previous years.

Visit RAPtrs website http://meded.ucsf.edu/raptr


for more information or contact us at
studentresearch@medsch.ucsf.edu.

Next steps
Carefully and thoughtfully find a mentor if youre
applying to a home program
Meet with your PTD director and your college
advisory mentor

Submit non-binding letter of intent and


checksheet by October 31st (RAPtr website)
Meet with Dr. Dan Lowenstein or Dr. Urmimala
Sarkar to discuss research plans and Deans
Letter before December 19

Thank
You!