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The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Division of Research (DOR) at Kaiser Permanente Northern California have joined to offer a Women's Health Interdisciplinary Scholarship Program for Research (WHISPR), a program to train junior faculty to be successful, independent clinical investigators in women's health and chronic diseases.

This new program builds on the research successes of both UCSF and Kaiser, the institutions' commitment to women's health, and the availability of extensive supporting resources to develop a training environment for scholars who will have sustained contribution to the field of women's health. This partnership affords a unique opportunity to offer a training program that can meet the long-term goal of increasing both the amount and quality of multidisciplinary research conducted on women's health and the number of individuals with successful research careers in women's health.

UCSF and Kaiser have a rich research environment with an extensive array of ongoing research projects in women's health. Nationally and internationally renowned women's health scholars can be identified in almost every school, department, and research unit. This breadth of expertise is supported by a nationally recognized clinical program in women's health, (UCSF Women's Health), a commitment to the promotion of women as leaders, efforts to reform the medical school curriculum to vertically integrate women's health, and strong long-term relationships with communities caring for and about women. Because of this broad-based campus agenda for women's health, UCSF was designated one of the original six National Centers of Excellence in Women's Health by the Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service Office on Women's Health.

DOR-based researchers would also have the opportunity to collaborate with Kaiser Permanente's Northern California Region Women's Health Program and with key clinical learders in appropriate specialites to ensure that research findings are incorporated into practice.

Women's Health Research Areas

We have organized our strengths in women's health and chronic disease into 13 Interdisciplinary Research Areas: 8 disease areas (Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Breast Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, HIV in Women, Neuropsychiatric Disorders, Skeletal Health, and Urinary Incontinence) and 5 cross-cutting research areas (Aging, Alternative Medicine, Nutrition, Sex Hormones, and Women's Imaging). Thirteen senior faculty serve as Senior Mentors, who have successful research careers in women's health or relevant chronic diseases and strong track records of training and mentoring.

Please see our Program Description for a more detailed description of the Program and the Training Plan.

Who Should Apply

Applicants can be MDs or PhDs, but must have research experience and training, scholarship, expertise, or programmatic expertise or programmatic experience that can be translated into a clinical research career. Applicants must be US citizens or Permanent Residents. Successful applicants will have training in clinical research methods, a clear research agenda, the potential to obtain independent research funding, and evidence of publication in peer-reviewed journals. The selection process will emphasize talent, commitment to women's health, potiential fit with our strengths, and diversity. Candidates will affiliate with a clinical department at UCSF or with the DOR. UCSF scholars will be appointed to In-Residence Assistant Professor positions in the appropriate department depending upon their area of specialty. DOR scholars will be appointed to the equivalent position, Research Scientist I or Physician I, at DOR. DOR Physicians are members of the Permanente Group.

We are seeking applicants who share a passion for research and have the potential to become leaders in their field. The application deadline is March 1, 2002 with an expected start date of July 1, 2002.



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Please direct inquiries to:
Ms. Marc Ellen Hamel
UCSF Coordinating Center
74 New Montgomery, Ste 600
San Francisco, CA 94105
Ph: 415-597-9363
email: mhamel@psg.ucsf.edu

Last updated 01/06/2002.