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 Epi 227

Building a Career in Clinical Research
EPI 227 Summer 2014 (0.5 unit)

Application Deadline: July 14, 2014


Trainees will learn the nuts and bolts of beginning a clinical research career, including choosing projects and mentors, managing time, writing papers, and obtaining grants. Advice will also be offered for subsequent negotiating for jobs and for getting promoted. Scholars receive a broad introduction to different types of clinical research careers from leaders in academia, public health, government, non-profit foundations and the biotechnology industry. By the end of the course, trainees prepare a curriculum vitae in University of California format and develop a detailed career plan to review with their mentors.


This course is directed toward clinical research post-doctoral fellows, although some of the topics may also be relevant for professional/graduate students or junior faculty.


Course Director: Mary Whooley, MD
Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation,
San Francisco VA Medical Center
Phone: 415-750-2093
email: mary.whooley@ucsf.edu

Hal Barron, MD
President of Research and Development, Calico

  Mitchell Katz, MD
Director,LA County Department of Health Services
  Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine, University of Michigan
Associate Chief, Medical Service,
VA Ann Arbor Health Care System

Steven Schroeder, MD
Distinguished Professor and Director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, UCSF
email: schroeder@medicine.ucsf.edu


Michael Shlipak, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Chief, General Internal Medicine
San Francisco VA Medical Center
email: michael.shlipak@ucsf.edu



Content will be delivered through lectures and panel discussions. Sessions will take place on Thursdays from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM. All sessions will be recorded and made available on the course website later in the day.

All course materials and handouts will be posted on the course's online syllabus.


Grades will be satisfactory/unsatisfactory. To achieve a satisfactory grade, students must:

  • Attend lecture
  • Complete assigned readings
  • Prepare a UCSF-format curriculum vitae (guidelines on course website)
  • Prepare a career plan (guidelines on course website)
  • Meet with mentor to review CV and career plan
  • Provide confirmation that mentor approves of the CV and career plan

For you to receive credit, your mentor must send an email to Olivia@epi.ucsf.edu by no later than 5 PM on September 26, 2014, stating that s/he has reviewed your UCSF-formatted CV and written career plan with you. Olivia will reply to your mentor confirming that this email has been received. Please note that the CV and career plan themselves need not be turned in. The only documentation required for course credit is an email from the mentor stating that s/he has reviewed your CV and career plan with you. Please ask your mentor to cc you on this email. It is the studentís responsibility to make sure that the mentor has emailed (and received confirmation from) Olivia.

Students who satisfactorily pass all course requirements may obtain a Certificate of Course Completion upon request.