Research Tracks

The research fellowship track includes one dedicated clinical year, which is identical between research and clinical fellows, followed by 2-3 years of research time. During the research years, the focus is on intensive training in research methodology and hands-on research experience, and clinical duties are limited to approximately 6 weeks of inpatient service (plus continuity clinic for second-year fellows).

We offer two pathways for fellows in the research track:

Common Features of Clinical & Basic Science Research Tracks

The UCSF fellowship program is unique in the breadth of opportunities available for fellows.

Our program comprises faculty members with diverse research interests and extensive mentorship experience. Research mentors and program leadership are committed to providing a rich, supportive training environment and are invested in the success of each mentee. Each fellow's research mentor will provide individualized guidance regarding research progress, career development, grant submissions, and manuscript preparation. Based on their research interests, fellows select a primary research mentor by spring of the first year. In addition, each fellow will also have a research committee, which meets regularly to review the trainee's research progress, plans for publications and grant submissions, and career development.

Didactic Instruction
All research fellows will receive didactic instruction in research methodologies, manuscript preparation, and grant writing. Most research fellows choose to pursue formal coursework in epidemiology, study design, and biostatistics.

Research Experience
Trainees gain research experience primarily through projects developed by working with their mentors. All research fellows have the opportunity to present their work at Renal Grand Rounds, in addition to lab/research group meetings. They gain grantsmanship skills through mentored grant applications.

We have a long-running T32 training grant program to support trainees who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. However, we have additional means of funding support for fellows who are on a visa. Regardless of citizenship status or the funding source, we guarantee salary support for the first two research years, and in addition, we fully cover tuition for coursework related to research training (e.g., Master's degree through UCSF Epidemiology and Biostatistics Training in Clinical Research).

Although we guarantee salary support for our research fellows, our trainees have been very successful in obtaining individual extramural funding from outsides sources such as the NIH, American Kidney Fund (AKF), the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Society of Nephrology and others.

Fellow salaries are based on the PGY payscale at UCSF (plus UCSF housing stipend), not the NIH payscale.

Previous Research Fellowship Outcomes

Our track record in successful extramural funding during the transition from fellow to faculty is unsurpassed. Since 2005, 26 of the UCSF ACGME nephrology fellowship graduates have successfully obtained 36 career development awards.

  • 6 K08: Vivek Bhalla, 2005; Alan Pao, 2006; Sunfa Chang, 2006; Denise Marciano, 2008; Denis Glenn, 2009; Steven Kim, 2016 (declined);
  • 14 K23: Andy Choi, 2008; Carmen Peralta, 2009; Nisha Bansal, 2010; Yoshio Hall, 2010 [at UW]; James Wetmore, 2010 [at Kansas]; Ruth Dubin, 2012; Cynthia Delgado, 2012 (declined for VA DCA); Vanessa Grubbs, 2012; Delphine Tuot, 2012; Meyeon Park, 2013; Raymond Hsu, 2013; Julie Ishida, 2015; Elaine Ku, 2016; Vasantha Jotwani, 2016;
  • 2 Beeson Career Development Awards: Ann O'Hare, 2006; Manjula Kurella Tamura, 2007;
  • 9 K12/KL2: Kathleen Liu, 2005; Afshin Parsa, 2006 [at Univ of Maryland]; Harini Chakkera, 2008 [at Mayo]; Carmen Peralta, 2008; Nisha Bansal, 2010 (declined for K23); Delphine Tuot, 2011; Raymond Hsu, 2013; Elaine Ku, 2015; Vasantha Jotwani, 2016;
  • 1 AHA Fellow to Faculty Award: Joachim Ix, 2005;
  • 2 VA Career Development Awards: Adriana Hung, 2009 [at Vanderbilt]; Cynthia Delgado, 2012;
  • 2 Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program Awards: Carmen Peralta, 2011; Vanessa Grubbs, 2012;
  • 1 Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award: Meyeon Park, 2015.

Within this same time span, 14 of the 26 have progressed to become principal investigators of VA Merit Review (Dr. Hung) or R01-level grants (Drs. Bhalla, Ix, Liu, Marciano, O’Hare, Peralta, Tamura, Bansal, Tuot, Pao, Dubin, Park, Ku) and an 15th fellow become principal investigator of a PCORI award (Dr. Mitch Lunn).