Resident Research Training Program (RRTP)

Many graduate medical education programs at UCSF are working to facilitate clinical and translational research opportunities for residents who plan to make research a part of their careers. The Clinical and Translational Science Training Hub has established a research elective and other initiatives to help promote residents' career development. The goals are to create opportunities for all residents to gain a foundational understanding of clinical and translational research methods and evidence-based medicine skills, and to inspire and facilitate residents to pursue future opportunities for career development as investigators.

The program is comprised of training, career development, courses, funding opportunities for clinical research, and travel to present findings at scientific meetings; and an annual research symposium.

RRTP Ambassadors

The Resident Research Training Program has appointed ambassadors for each residency program. The ambassadors will provide guidance and information to residents interested in pursuing research training. Please click on a department's name for information on that program.

Department Research Page Ambassador
Anatomic Pathology Patrick Treseler
Anesthesia and Perioperative Care Helen Kim
Clinical Pathology Kristie White
Dermatology Wilson Liao
East Bay Surgery Terrence Liu
Emergency Medicine Robert Rodriguez
Family and Community Medicine Diana Coffa
Internal Medicine, Categorical Jeff Kohlwes
Internal Medicine, SF Primary Care Joan Addington-White
Internal Medicine, UC Primary Care Jane Jih
Laboratory Medicine Steve Miller
Neurological Surgery Shawn Hervey-Jumper
Neurology Nerissa Ko
Obstetrics, Gynecology and RS Tami Rowen
Occupational and Environmental Medicine Robert Harrison
Ophthalmology Nisha Acharya
Orthopaedic Surgery Alfred Kuo
Otolaryngology Steven Pletcher
Pediatrics Megumi Okumura
Pediatrics, CHORI Celeste Allen
Pharmacy Amanda Morris 
Physics Martina Descovich
Plastic Surgery Scott Hansen
Preventive Medicine George W. Rutherford and James P. Seward
Psychiatry Maithri Amereseker and Susan Voglmaier
Radiation Oncology Steve Braunstein
Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Thomas Link and Soonme Cha
Surgery  Hobart Harris
Urology Kirsten Greene

Designing Clinical Research Course

Designing Clinical Research for Residents and Students (Epi 150.03) is a course that requires 50% protected time and is taught twice a year, in August and September, in a one-month format. Modeled after the highly successful Summer Clinical Research Workshop of the Training in Clinical Research (TICR) program, the elective will lead residents through the essential components for writing a clinical research protocol, developed around their own clinical research question. The tangible product of the course is a 5-page clinical research protocol. The residents will attend bi-weekly group lectures and small resident-only seminar groups led by core faculty for the CTST resident initiative with additional faculty participating to meet resident enrollment.

NOTE: It is very strongly recommended for those applying to Resident Research Funding and Resident Research Travel to have successfully completed the Designing Clinical Research (DCR) course or equivalent didactic training in clinical research.

We are limiting DCR registration to the first 40 residents.

There are a number of courses in clinical and translational research available to residents. For those residents with at least one year of protected time for research, we encourage enrollment in the Advanced Training in Clinical Research Program Certificate Program (ATCR). Residents pursuing ATCR without departmental support should consult CTST to determine the availability of tuition assistance.

Mentor of the Year Award

2021-2022: Juan Carlos Montoy, MD, PhD nominated by David Dillon

"Juan Carlos Montoy has been one of my research mentors since I first started my clinical training as an intern five years ago, and I have actively sought to continue working with him during my NHLBI StARR scholar year and beyond. He is, quite simply, one of the best researchers and mentors I have ever worked with, including my time spent during my masters, PhD, and medical school. His mentorship style is to put in as much work as his mentee on every project, routinely going above and beyond to unselfishly elevate everyone around him and improve the project as a whole. He regularly leverages his large number of funded research projects to provide data and opportunities for his mentees to succeed. Moreover, his attention to uncovering and navigating the “hidden curriculum” of a career in academic medicine has been invaluable in my own experience as a junior clinical researcher. During my StARR scholar year, he was instrumental in developing, executing, and publishing my project which led to a JAMA NO publication. Furthermore, he has been an active part of my mentoring team on multiple additional projects, including my project funded through the Resident Research Fund, providing expertise in substance use disorders and emergency medical service (EMS)-based research. As part of my StARR mentorship team, he has dedicated protected time to standing weekly meetings to review my research and career progress, and is always available for grant reviews, manuscript revisions, or impromptu research discussions by text or over a beer. Juan Carlos Montoy embodies everything that I have come to appreciate in a mentor, and actively works to improve both the work and careers of his mentees, while also acknowledging the human side of being an academic clinician. He has my strongest recommendation for consideration for this award."

In addition to announcing the Mentor of the Year Award recipient, the RRTP would like to acknowledge the following mentors who were nominated for the award this year. Each mentor has made significant contributions to the research and career path of their mentee. The RRTP would like to express our sincerest thanks and gratitude to the mentors below, as well as to the many outstanding mentors at UCSF that make this program possible.


Jeannie Bailey, PhD, nominated by Ryan Halvorson
Patrick Ha, MD, nominated by Katherine Wai

Chrysta Irolla, MS, nominated by Meg D'Apice

Davide Ruggero, PhD, nominated by Andrew Levine

Jae Ho Sohn, MS, MD, nominated by Xiao Wu

Rebecca Sudore, MD, nominated by Maria Reyes