Fellowships: Training in Research in Integrative Medicine (TRIM)

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

The UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine is committed to searching for the most effective treatments for patients by combining both conventional and complementary approaches that address all aspects of health and wellness—biological, psychological, social, and spiritual.

The Center has three major programs: research, education, and patient care, all focused on integrative medicine. In the summer of 2007, the Osher Center initiated a new, federally funded program that encompasses all three of these areas: postdoctoral fellowships for training in clinical research in integrative medicine (TRIM). This interdisciplinary program is designed for physicians, behavioral and social scientists, and doctoral level CAM practitioners. The program includes required seminars and formal course work, individual mentoring, research and creative activity, elective seminars and classes, teaching, and a number of optional activities.


TRIM post-doctoral fellowships are open to individuals with doctoral degrees (e.g., MD, PhD, DO, ND). In order to qualify for this federally funded grant, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen, a non-citizen national or a foreign national possessing a visa permitting permanent U.S. residence. A temporary or student visa is not acceptable for this grant. At this time, we are unable to consider applications from any individuals who do not meet the eligibility criteria outlined above.

Application Process

We are currently recruiting for academic year 2016-2017 with an application deadline of November 20, 2015 and start date of July 1, 2016.

Please download the application form (PDF or Word file) for detailed instructions on the application process.

See the Terms of Employment (PDF) for detailed salary and benefit information.

If you have questions about the application process or fellowship logistics, please contact Yvette Coulter, Administrative Coordinator.

Program Description

Our training program provides the following:

  • An interdisciplinary clinical and research environment that brings together physicians, credentialed CAM practitioners, behavioral scientists, social scientists, ethicists, and health services researchers.
  • Exposure to diverse complementary, alternative, and integrative approaches to patient care involving patients in all age groups from early childhood through adolescence, adulthood and geriatric patients.
  • Access to practitioners with clinical expertise in CAM and integrative approaches to care.
  • Training opportunities for teaching skills and career mentoring.
  • Access to advanced training in biological and psychological research methodologies to support clinical research in CAM and integrative medicine.
  • Academic training in clinical research. All program participants will be encouraged to complete the UCSF Training in Clinical Research  (TICR) program: http://www.epibiostat.ucsf.edu/courses/post.html.
  • Opportunity to conduct original research.
  • Training in research ethics.
  • Strong mentoring by an experienced and diverse research faculty.

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at UCSF includes an active (400+ patient visits/month) clinical practice.  The providers in the practice, including physicians who practice integrative medicine and practitioners of CAM modalities, will serve as clinical advisors to the TRIM trainees in the development of clinical aspects of their research.

Trainees accepted into the program will be encouraged to take advantage of UCSF’s strengths in the basic sciences to gain in-depth knowledge of biological science methodologies relevant to their research.  An important goal is to have trainees learn how to choose the most appropriate techniques for the measurement and analysis of biological markers and outcomes, how to assess reliability, and how to understand potential strengths and weaknesses of the techniques. Similarly, trainees who want to measure psychosocial variables and have not had previous training will have the opportunity to become more knowledgeable about the evaluation of the reliability and validity of psychosocial measures and the potential weaknesses and strengths of such measures.

The program offers a two- to three-year fellowship. Trainees are encouraged to enroll in the full-year program, “Advanced Training in Clinical Research,” offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Clinical Research, during their first year, unless they have already had equivalent training in biostatistics and research methods.

For general information about being a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF, please visit the UCSF Graduate Division Office of Postdoctoral Affairs website:

Predoctoral Research Fellowships

The UCSF Osher Center is currently accepting applications for predoctoral research fellows. These positions are for a one-year period (potentially renewable for a second year). Predoctoral fellows must be enrolled in a qualifying PhD or MD/DO program, and be able to devote most of their time to fellowship-related work. The fellowship includes a stipend of $22,476 and tuition for related coursework.

The goal of the predoctoral fellowship is to support medical students who are taking a research year, or PhD students in relevant fields in the biological or social sciences, to pursue an intensive period of research activity and research training at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. We expect pre-doctoral fellows to work closely with a research mentor at the Osher Center, in most cases developing work that is based on an existing research program. We encourage potential applicants to contact research faculty with whom they are interested in working, in order to develop a planned research project to be performed during the fellowship period.

Application Process

We are currently accepting applications for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships for the 2016-17 academic year.

Application to the program is a two-step process. Part 1 of the application, a letter of intent (see below for specifics), is due by September 16, 2015.  The deadline for Part 2 of the application, including all reference letters, is November 2, 2015. Please note that letters of intent require approval before a full application may be submitted. Please send application materials to the fellowship coordinator, Ms. Yvette Coulter, via e-mail, fax 415.353.7711, or by mailing to the address listed below.

Part 1: Due September 16, 2015

  • Application form (PDF or Word file)
  • A letter of intent (350-word maximum) clearly stating your interest in research in integrative medicine, how your interest fits with your overall training and career plans, and the names of any mentors you would want to work with.
  • A curriculum vitae, which must include the following: personal contact information, date(s) and location(s) of degree(s) earned, honors and awards, lectures and conference presentations, and publications (if any).

Part 2: Due November 2, 2015, by invitation only

  • A project abstract, including title (250-word maximum), describing the nature of the research to be completed during the period of the fellowship award, as well as the significance of this work. Applicants must identify potential mentors at the Osher Center and discuss their proposed project with the potential mentors prior to submitting an application. The application should reflect this discussion. See the list of faculty to help identify potential mentors. At least one mentor must be a core faculty member.
  • Two confidential letters of reference (signed originals or pdf letters) sent directly to the Osher Center by people qualified to evaluate your potential as a research scholar. Letters should be addressed to:

Yvette Coulter
Administrative Coordinator, TRIM Program
UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
UCSF Box 1726
San Francisco, CA 94143-1726
E-mail: yvette.coulter@ucsf.edu

If you have questions about the application process or fellowship logistics, please contact Yvette Coulter. For other overall questions about the program, contact the Fellowship Directors: Shelley Adler, PhD or Rick Hecht, MD.


The T32 Faculty consists of members representing diverse disciplines including medicine, psychology, anthropology, psychoneuroendocrinology, women’s health, pediatric gastroenterology, health services research, medical ethics, and psychiatry. The program also has Clinical Advisory Faculty to advise trainees regarding integrative approaches that may be relevant to the trainees’ research.

Program Co-Directors:

T-32 Core Faculty:

Affiliated Faculty:

Contact Information

Yvette Coulter
Administrative Coordinator, TRIM Program
UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
UCSF Box 1726, San Francisco, CA 94143-1726
Phone: 415-353-7991
E-mail: yvette.coulter@ucsf.edu

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