Fellowships: Training in Research in Integrative Medicine (TRIM)

We are currently accepting applications for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships for the 2019-20 academic year.

Program Overview

The UCSF Osher Center’s Training in Research in Integrative Medicine (TRIM) program is a research fellowship funded by an NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health T32 grant. The objective of the TRIM program is to train outstanding pre- and postdoctoral behavioral and social scientists, physicians, and other qualified health professionals to design and conduct rigorous clinical research so that they can become innovative, independent investigators and scholars in integrative medicine research. Since its inception in 2007, the TRIM program has been highly successful in producing accomplished research scientists. Nine postdoctoral fellows associated with our program have received prestigious NIH mentored training grants (K-awards).

The UCSF TRIM program:

  • Leverages the extensive research training infrastructure and diverse, collaborative biomedical research enterprise at UCSF to provide rigorous and broad training in clinical research methodologies, including clinical trial design and advanced biostatistics.
  • Is embedded in a vibrant integrative medicine center at UCSF with strong programs in research, clinical practice, and education, which grounds fellows in a variety of aspects of integrative medicine.
  • Has a dedicated faculty with extensive expertise in mentoring and knowledge of a range of a broad range of domains in integrative medicine, behavioral health, biostatistics and research design, qualitative research, and health services.
  • Provides a supportive, collaborative, diverse learning environment in which to develop your potential as a researcher.


Predoctoral Research Fellowships

The goal of the predoctoral fellowship is to support medical students who are taking a research year or PhD students in the biological or social sciences in pursuing an intensive period of research activity and training. Each predoctoral fellow works closely with a research mentor, typically developing work that is based in an existing research project. We encourage potential applicants to contact research faculty with whom they are interested in working, in order to develop a planned research project for the fellowship period. Fellows receive a stipend of $24,324, in addition to tuition for related coursework. Most predoctoral fellows devote one full year to the fellowship, although an extension may be granted in selected cases.

Eligibility
Applicants must be participants in a qualifying PhD or MD/DO program, or a doctoral degree program in a designated integrative health field (such as acupuncture). Applicants must be able to devote the majority of their time to fellowship-related work. 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. We are unable to consider applications from individuals who do not meet the eligibility criteria.

Application Process
We are now accepting applications for the predoctoral fellowship on a rolling basis up until October 22, 2018, or until all positions are filled. Those interested in applying for a predoctoral fellowship in the first round must submit a brief application form, a one-page personal statement, and a current CV. Selected applicants will then be invited to submit a full application, including a project abstract. We will inform applicants of their approval to submit a full application within two weeks of receipt of part one of the application.

To apply, please complete this brief inquiry form. The program administrator will reply within two business days with the application form and detailed instructions.

If you have questions about the application process or fellowship logistics, please contact the program administrator, Yvette Coulter, Education Program Manager.


Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

The postdoctoral program is a two- or three-year fellowship that prepares participants for an academic, research-oriented career. The fellowship includes required seminars and formal course work, individualized mentoring, research and creative activity, elective seminars, and classes. Postdoctoral fellows’ time is primarily devoted to conducting research, typically for a project that they have initiated themselves.

The fellowship provides an annual stipend, plus funds for tuition for related course work. For general information about being a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF, please visit the UCSF Office for Postdoctoral Scholars website.

Eligibility
TRIM postdoctoral fellowships are open to individuals with doctoral degrees (e.g., MD, DO, PhD, DOM/DAOM/DACM, ND, DrPH, PharmD). Successful applicants typically have both prior experience performing research and an initial record of peer reviewed publications. 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
Applications for a postdoctoral fellowship are due by 5pm on Friday, November 2, 2018.

To apply, please complete this brief inquiry form. The program administrator will reply within two business days with the application form and detailed instructions.

If you have questions about the application process or fellowship logistics, please contact the program administrator, Yvette Coulter, Education Program Manager.


Fellowship Faculty

The T32 Faculty consists of members representing diverse disciplines, including medicine, psychology, anthropology, psychoneuroendocrinology, women’s health, health services research, medical ethics, psychiatry, and education. The program also has Clinical Advisory Faculty to advise trainees on integrative approaches relevant to their research.

Fellowship Directors:

  • Rick Hecht, MD
    Training Program Co-PIMind-body research,  including mindfulness-based interventions and yoga, clinical research methodology and use of biomarkers, obesity, diabetes, and HIV
  • Shelley R. Adler, PhD
    Training Program Co-PIMedical anthropology, integrative end-of-life and palliative care, medical and interprofessional education, healthcare for underserved communities, diversity/equity/inclusion

T-32 Core Faculty:

  • Jennifer Felder, PhD
    Mindfulness-based interventions, pregnancy, women’s health, depression, sleep, behavioral health
  • Ashley Mason, PhD
    Reward-based and/or stress-induced eating, obesity, sleep, behavioral health
  • Helen Weng, PhD
    Social neuroscience,  functional magnetic resonance imaging, mindfulness and compassion meditation interventions

T-32 Affiliated Faculty:

  • Anne Lown, DrPH
    Acupuncture, effects of poverty on health, and psychosocial consequences of trauma
  • Elissa Epel, PhD
    Psychoneuroendocrinology, stress, aging, and mindfulness interventions


Contact Information

Yvette Coulter
Program 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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