Pathways provide a way for residents to build on their individual interests and passions or as a way to explore new interests and passions. And the skills that residents learn can be applied all aspects of primary care and sub-specialty pediatrics.

The central feature of most Pathways is an expectation to complete coursework and a mentored project (for which we provide protected time). Where possible, our Pathways are aligned with the Pathways to Discovery Program in the UCSF School of Medicine, which allows us to take advantage of resources and course work in the School of Medicine.

Residents apply to Global Health Sciences, Clinical and Translational Science or Health Professions Education pathways about midway through the first year of training. The molecular medicine pathway is our physician scientist program. Residents are considered for this pathway during the recruiting process.

Key Highlights of Pathways

Global Health Science

  • Build skills necessary to effectively engage in international health work in developing countries.
  • Application in the winter of the first year (program occurs during 2nd and 3rd years).
  • 4-5 residents accepted each year.
  • Formal coursework through the School of Medicine's Pathways to Discovery Program during second year of training.
  • Completion of a mentored international health project is required.
  • Assistance provided to arrange international project. Formal relationships exist with a number of clinical sites in countries in Southeast Asian and Africa.
  • Additional training leading to a master's degree in global health is available (additional training time is required).
  • Cohort-based activities including seminars and mentoring.

Molecular Medicine Pathway

  • The goal of this pathway is to support and encourage the development of future pediatric physician-scientists.
  • Provides clinical training through the perspective of being a physician-scientist.
  • No formal application process. Instead, at the time of ERAS application, we screen all applicants to identify individuals who have demonstrated outstanding potential for a physician-scientist career. Those applicants who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to and productivity in biomedical research (e.g. usually, but not always, these are MD/PhD applicants) are invited to consider the molecular medicine option.
  • We support shortened general pediatric training using the Accelerated or Integrated Research pathways of the American Board of Pediatrics. However, shortened training is not guaranteed or required. The decision about shorting training is based on demonstrated clinical skill development during the first year of training.
  • Protected time to attend molecular medicine case conferences, offered jointly with Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Surgery. Conferences are designed to foster a community of physician-scientists who explore the links between clinical medicine and basic science.
  • Periodic evening seminars series focusing on broad range of science topics (Seminars include fellows and young faculty as well).

Clinical and Translational Science Pathway

  • Goal is to build skills and experience in clinical research design. A great option for residents considering a career in clinical and/or translational research.
  • Application in the winter of the first year (program occurs during 2nd and 3rd years).
  • Pathway builds on department's strong relationship with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at UCSF.
  • Formal course work in research design.
  • Periodic seminars to do works in progress presentations.
  • Completion of mentored longitudinal project required.
  • Multiple small grant opportunities to help fund projects and to fund attendance at national meetings to present project outcomes.
  • Additional training leading to a master's degree in clinical research is available (additional training time required).

Health Professional Education Pathway

  • Great choice for residents interested in exploring possible careers in medical education.
  • Integrated with the Health Professions Pathways to Discovery program in the School of Medicine.
  • Formal coursework in medical education, teaching, curricular design, assessment, etc.
  • Mentored scholarly project related to medical education.
  • Periodic works-in-progress seminars