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.

Session Topics


Fri, Sep 15, 2023 - 9:00 AM-12:00 PM:

Making the Most of Your Research Fellowship at UCSF

Crafting Your NIH Biosketch

FAST-CaR Orientation


Anoop Sheshadri

Karla Kerlikowske

Jon Singer

Wed, Dec 6, 2023 - 1:30 PM-4:30 PM:
Developing Budgets for Research Grants
What It Takes to Be Competitive for an NIH Career Development Award
Preparing and Presenting your Research in Talks

Krista Harrison
Naomi Bardach
Erica Farrand

Fri, Feb 2, 2024 - 9:00 AM-12:00 PM:
Seeking Your First Academic Job
Negotiation Strategies: Salary, Space, Support
How to Write a Thought Piece

Joseph Cuschieri
Jennifer Lai
Louise Walter

Wed, May 29, 2024 - 1:30 PM-4:30 PM:
Academic Prioritization for Fellows/Early Career Faculty
The Writer's Algorith and Managing Reviews: Part 1
The Writer's Algorith and Managing Reviews: Part 2

Lucy Kornblith
Amy Markowitz

Amy Markowitz