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


    Sep 10, 2021 - Welcome to FAST-CaR

    Academic Prioritization for Research Fellows

    Benjamin Breyer, Anne Schafer

    Navigating Your Research Fellowship at UCSF

    Erica Farrand, Lucy Kornblith

    From Advocacy to Organizing: Building Skills to Improve Your Workplace Leslie Suen

    Nov 17, 2021 - Nuts & Bolts of Preparing and Presenting Your Research

    Preparing and Presenting Your Research in Talks

    Emily Finlayson

    Creating Your NIH BioSketch

    Karla Kerlikowske

    Manuscript Writing and Revision

    Paul Blanc, Sandy Feng, Amy Markowitz

    Feb 11, 2022 - Session 3

    Abstracts and Posters

    Pam Ling, Joe Cuschieri

    Professional Networking

    Matthew Amans, Jennifer Lai


    Carolyn Calfee, Rita Mukhtar

    May 18, 2022 - Session 4

    Responsible Conduct of Research Ethics AND Recruiting a Diverse Population

    Anita Ho, Neeta Thakur

    Recruiting New Research Participants: UCSF Resources

    Vanessa Jacoby, Molly Belinski

    Navigating and Accessing Clinical Research Resources and Data Sets at UCSF

    Mark Pletcher, Lisa Schoonerman


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