MD with Distinction in the Clinical and Translational Research Pathway

Overview

Please view the Pathways to Discovery MDwD page for general information relating to the MDwD program.

The Clinical and Translational Research (CTR) Pathway has a process by which learners can be awarded an MD with Distinction in CTR upon graduation. To be eligible, you must be enrolled in the CTR Pathway and meet all requirements of the Pathway: a RAPtr-approved mentored research project, the DCR course, completion of a legacy product and presentation at the Research Festival. For the MDwD Program, the legacy product is expected to be a first-authored manuscript submitted to a peer-reviewed journal completed under the direction of a faculty committee and approved by the CTR Legacy Chair and Committee. The current CTR Legacy Chair is Catherine Park.

Research must be conducted at UCSF. Research projects performed at other institutions (eg, CDC, NIH) may also be acceptable but are subject to approval by the CTR Pathway leadership. Since the MDwD Committee must be formed within one month of beginning research, learners must contact the CTR Pathway Director, Peter Chin-Hong, for approval as soon as possible.

Requirements

  • Enrollment in the CTR Pathway. Learners with RAPtr-approved projects can enroll in the CTR Pathway any time before August 1 of the year prior to graduation.
  • Submission of legacy product draft: by February 15 of graduation year. Learners must meet formally with their committee at least once within one month of this date.
  • Submission of the final legacy product: by April 1 of graduation year. Learners must meet formally with their committee at least once within one month of this date.
  • By May of graduation year: Presentation at the UCSF Inter-School Research & Scholarly Activity Festival

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Application Submission

Step 1: Submission of Application for funding or acceptance into the CTR Pathway:

  • Learners seeking yearlong UCSF funding: Learners must apply to the RAPtr program by the January cycle deadline. To check this year's exact deadline and access the RAPtr funding application form, visit the RAPtr website.
    • NOTE: all yearlong funding applicants must complete the RAPtr letter of intent by November 30th of the year prior to the start of the research year
  • Learners not seeking yearlong UCSF funding: the last opportunity to submit a proposal to the RAPtr Program and be in the CTR Pathway and MDwD Program is June 1 of the year prior to graduation.
    • NOTE: you must submit a proposal for RAPtr approval regardless of your desire for funding.

Step 2: After receiving approval of the mentored project from the RAPtr Committee, learners should discuss the feasibility of the MDwD Program with their project mentor. Their mentor must attest to the following at a link that will be provided;

  • I am willing to serve as Chair of this learner's MDwD Committee.
  • I will identify at least one additional faculty member to serve on the MDwD committee.
  • I confirm that it is feasible for this learner to complete a first-authored manuscript and submit it to a peer-reviewed journal prior to graduation.

Step 3: Learners should enroll in the CTR Pathway and declare their intention to pursue the MDwD (i.e., the CTR Pathway legacy product will be a first-authored manuscript submitted to a peer-reviewed journal).

Step 4: Within one month of beginning research, learners must submit the names of their MDwD Committee members by August 1 to the CTR Pathway MDwD administrator.

Note: learners who have obtained yearlong funding through the Clinical and Translational Research Fellowship will be enrolled automatically in the CTR Pathway (unless they opt for another Pathway) and enrolled automatically into the MDwD Program.

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Legacy Product Committee Formation and Meeting Requirements

Mentors will attest to their willingness to serve as the Chair of the MDwD Committee and to identify at least one additional faculty member who may be chosen for his/her specific content or methodological expertise to oversee the research effort. A third faculty member will be assigned to the MDwD Committee by RAPtr. The Committee will provide help and guidance during the project and supervise the writing of the manuscript.

Learners will arrange to meet with their committee at least four times:

1) two formal presentations to the MDwD committee, one during the first two months and one during the last two months of the research period

2) a meeting within two weeks before the rough draft deadline on February 15th of the graduation year and a meeting within two weeks before the final draft deadline on April 1st of the graduation year.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please view the Pathways to Discovery MDwD page for all frequently asked questions.

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