MOLECULAR MEDICINE PATHWAY

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The Molecular Medicine Pathway within the Categorical Pediatrics Residency is designed for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career that emphasizes bench research in combination with the practice of medicine. The overarching goal of the program is to train the next generation of transformative laboratory-based physician-scientists.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Molecular Medicine Pathway provides specialized, individualized attention to each participant’s development as a scientist while maintaining the same broad and intensive exposure to clinical medicine that is enjoyed by all UCSF categorical pediatrics residents. Successful applicants have an established record of research (MD/PhD or an in-depth research experience of at least one year), a strong commitment to a research career, and demonstrate potential for excellence in both clinical care and laboratory research.

CURRICULUM

The curriculum focuses on excellent clinical training and individualized development to enable long-term success as a physician-scientist.

CLINICAL PEDIATRICS TRAINING

Trainees will complete their internship and residency in our highly ranked categorical residency program. UCSF supports Accelerated (ARP) or Integrated (IRP) Research Pathways of the American Board of Pediatrics. However, shortened training is not guaranteed or required. The decision regarding shortened clinical training is based on demonstrated clinical skill development during the first year of training. The decision to enter an alternative pathway is made in Spring of intern year.

RESEARCH TRAINING

During intern year, participants will begin meeting with Physician-Scientist faculty members to maximize their exposure to their field of interest. This will be facilitated through the Molecular Medicine elective experience and during individualized curriculum rotations. Participants can pursue research in any lab throughout UCSF or the Bay Area. UCSF is the top public recipient of NIH funding, and second overall among all academic institutions nationwide. In 2019 UCSF was awarded nearly 1,300 NIH grants amounting to greater than $650 million in funding.

Participants will also be provided funding to attend a scientific meeting in person, and encouraged to submit abstracts of current/previous work for UCSF Pediatrics Research Day and other conferences of interest.

DIDACTICS

Dedicated time for scholarly activity is provided in a cohorted Molecular Medicine elective each year, where a broad range of science, professional and career guidance seminars take place. Topics include: emerging technologies, journal club, research talks, career development, and additional coursework options.

MENTORSHIP

Mentorship and the development of the mentor/mentee relationship is a cornerstone of the Molecular Medicine Pathway. Molecular Medicine residents receive personal mentoring that support them throughout residency and beyond, focused on their clinical, scientific, and career development. This mentoring helps trainees identify appropriate research and career mentors, develop individualized training plans, sets milestones, and tracks progress. This also includes assistance in selecting their area of research and choosing laboratories that may be of interest to them for training.

COMMUNITY

Molecular Medicine residents in Pediatrics have regular interactions with residents in the Internal Medicine Molecular Medicine program. In addition, there are regular social events conducted in a relaxed, informal setting where MM residents can interact with each other, as well as fellows, early and senior faculty in Pediatrics and throughout UCSF.

PAST Molecular Medicine RESIDENTS

Graduates from the Pediatric Molecular Medicine Pathway in the last 5 years, including fellows and early faculty, are shown in the table below. Since 2001, over 60 K awards have been granted in the UCSF Department of Pediatrics. 17 have subsequently been awarded an R01. There are 15 current K holders within the department.

NAME

DIVISION

CURRENT LOCATION

FUNDING

Shiow, Lawrence

Neo

BioMarin

PSDP, PSSP

Mendelsohn, Bryce

Genetics

Kaiser Oakland

PSDP

Sands, Tristan

Neuro

Columbia

 

Prahalad, Priya

Endocrine

Stanford

 

Cheng, Laurence

AI

industry

K08

Clemens, Gina

PICU

UW

K08

Brumback, Audrey

Neuro

UT-Austin

K08

Su, Mareen

Endocrine

UNC

K, R01

Sabnis, Amit

Heme/onc

UCSF

K08

Chan, Alice

AI

UCSF

K08

Waterield, Mike

Rheum

UCSF

K08

Foy, Eileen

ID

industry

K08

Bayrer, Kim

GI

UCSF

K08

Crouch, Betsy

Neo

UCSF

PSDP, PSSP, K08

Johnson-Kerner, Bethany

Neuro

UCSF

R25

Judge, Luke

Neo

UCSF

K12

Wohlford, Eric

AI

UCSF

 

Tupele, Asmin

Heme

UCSF

PSSP

Huang, Ben

Heme

UCSF

 

Khan, Imran

Neo

UCSF

PSDP

APPLICATION PROCESS

There is no formal application process. Instead, at the time of ERAS application, we screen all categorical residency applicants to identify individuals who have demonstrated outstanding potential for a physician-scientist career. Those applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to and productivity in biomedical research are invited to consider the molecular medicine option. Applicants who are selected to interview for this pathway will be notified by email and invited to participate in interviews, in addition to the interviews for the standard categorical program. The Molecular Medicine interviews will allow candidates to meet with potential investigators in their field, as well as members of subspecialty program leadership and current participants in the pathway. The Molecular Medicine Pathway is fully committed to enhancing diversity at UCSF. Applications from under-represented ethnic/cultural groups are strongly encouraged.

CONTACT

Fernando Gonzalez, M.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Division of Neonatology

Co-Director, Neuro-Intensive Care Nursery

Director, Pediatric Molecular Medicine Pathway

University of California, San Francisco

1550 4th Street, Box 2924

San Francisco, CA 94158

https://profiles.ucsf.edu/fernando.gonzalez

email: [email protected]