Fellows Advancement Skills Training in Clinical Research (FAST-CaR)

The goals of the Fellows Advancement Skills Training in Clinical Research (FAST-CaR) program are to help clinical research fellows at UCSF to have a tighter-knit community and to have structured career development activities and ongoing research project feedback.

All participating fellows should be doing human subjects research and have some clinical research training. Fellows should be participating in a small group for regular feedback on their projects (works-in-progress).

    The structure for this program:

    • Small Groups: consist of 10-12 clinical research fellows with 3-4 faculty who meet regularly for works-in-progress sessions and group mentoring. These small groups will be about 2 hours long, scheduled on days/times/locations that are most convenient for the group. The faculty for each small group are supported by Divisions/Departments with T32 grants.
    • We currently have 8 small groups that are affiliated with FAST-CaR, but are interested in having new small groups join. Current small groups affiliated with FAST-CaR are:
    • Quarterly seminars: CTST will host a quarterly curriculum in half-day blocks. These quarterly seminars will build more of a community for research fellows across the campus. These are typically not recorded as they are highly interactive and require the active participation of those present.

    * Resources from presentations are at the bottom of this page. Please refer to the number in parenthesis, ( ), under Session Topics.

    Session Topics


    Fri, Sep 9, 2022: Making the Most of Your Research Fellowship at UCSF

    Lucy Kornblith, Anoop Sheshadri

    Wed, Oct 12, 2022: Transitioning to a K Award / Beginning to Mentor

    Naomi Bardach / Alex Smith, Matthew Growdon

    Fri, Nov 4, 2022: NIH Biosketch / Feedback and Networking Karla Kerlikowske / Jon Singer
    Wed, Dec 14, 2022: The Writer's Algorithm / Responding to Manuscript Reviews

    Amy Markowitz

    Fri, Jan 13, 2023: How to Write a Thought Piece / How to Be an Effective Peer Reviewer

    Louise Walter / Andy Auerbach

    Wed, Feb 8, 2023: Understanding NIH Study Sections / Recruiting Participants from Marginalized Communities

    Michael Matthay / Neeta Thakur

    Fri, Mar 10, 2023: Gender Equity in Medicine / Networking

    Christina Mangurian / Jennifer Lai

    Wed, Apr 12, 2023: Responding to Your Manuscript Reviewers / Data, Datasets, and Clinical Research

    Meyeon Park / Mark Pletcher, Lisa Schoonerman

    Fri, May 12, 2023: Academic Prioritization / Research Development Office and Funding Opportunities

    Erica Farrand / Gretchen Kiser

    Wed, Jun 14, 2023: Navigating the Academic Job Search / Interviewing for an Academic Job

    Julie Ann Sosa, Terry Friedlander


    All resources that appear here are for 2021-2022. If you would like to access resources from previous years, please contact [email protected].