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 4 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.

    Session Topics


    Sep 6 - What You Need to Know as a Trainee at UCSF

    Academic Prioritization

    Jennifer Lai, Sei Lee

    Working with Individual Mentors and Team

    Alison Huang

    What I Wish I Knew During Fellowship

    Sanket Dhruva, Elaine Khoong

    Nov 20 - Nuts & Bolts

    Responsible Conduct of Research, Fraud, Ethics

    Steve Cummings, Deborah Grady

    Creating Your NIH Biosketch

    Karla Kerlikowske

    Manuscript Writing and Revising

    Michelle Estrella, Amy Markowitz, Mike Schlipak

    Feb 5 - Individual Skills

    Professional Networking

    Courtney Lyles, Monika Sarkar

    The UCSF Population Health Data Initiative: New Research Resources

    Rita Hamad

    Using Social Media for Research Dissemination and Networking

    CTSI Social Media Team

    May 1 - Career Development

    Looking for an Academic Job

    Chi-yuan Hsu, Steven Asch, Sandy Feng

    Negotiating Salary, Space, and Research Support

    Mitch Feldman, Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo

    Work and Family

    Katherine Van Loon, Anil Makam