Program Details and Application Process

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TSP graduates present presentations and new class orientation
Left: TSP graduate Ivance Pugoy, MD (2018) presents his presentation; Right: Dr. Patricia O'Sullivan leads the class of 2019 during their first meeting. Photos: Cindy Chew, 2018.



Applicants must:

  • Hold a Teach for UCSF Certificate in General Teaching, or be on track to complete by the end of June 2022. Those holding a teaching qualification from another institution may email Patricia O'Sullivan, EdD to discuss possible eligibility for the program independent of certificate completion. 
  • Hold a UCSF appointment for at least one year as a teacher/educator in any of the professional schools or the graduate division, for any level of learners.  
  • Demonstrate commitment to UCSF’s educational mission through participation in teaching, curriculum development, evaluation, and/or scholarship and faculty development opportunities.
  • Secure support from their department for their work in health professions education and for release time from departmental duties on Tuesday afternoons for 12 months from mid-September to mid-September culminating in a final project presentation.
  • Complete and submit an application to the Teaching Scholars Program by the deadline.

Other considerations:

  • Applicants from the School of Medicine have priority.
  • There is the potential for two spots for applicants from each of the other UCSF schools.
  • MSP Staff Physicians are not eligible.
Curriculum, Materials, and Support

The TSP curriculum consists of 1) weekly topic-based sessions and 2) project work.
To build foundational knowledge and skills, participants attend weekly seminar-style discussions and participate in application activities on learning theory, curriculum development, teaching strategies, assessment, program evaluation, education research, scholarly writing, education leadership, and educator career development. Course materials include textbooks, peer-reviewed articles, and other electronic resources. Session plans, presentations, handouts, and most reading materials are available online to all participants.

To apply skills developed in TSP and contribute to an existing scholarship at UCSF, participants work on a scholarly project that aligns with educational priorities at UCSF. Priority areas will be set each year. Current priority areas, include a) clinical learning environment, b) assessment for learning and c) equity, inclusion, and social justice in health professions education. Projects may be research or curriculum/assessment development. Participants may select from existing projects or propose a project that aligns with these priority areas and may work individually or in small groups. The decision on a specific project is made during the program and not before. CFE faculty researchers provide mentoring in the selected research or curriculum development project.

Program Schedule

September – June:

  • Topic-based sessions every Tuesday 1-5 pm, locations vary between Parnassus and Mission Bay
  • A monthly mentoring session, one Tuesday per month with a CFE researcher and a small group of TSP participants
  • Ongoing project work

July – August:

  • Tuesday 1-5 pm project work and works in progress sessions
  • Early September Graduation and project presentations
Selection Process and Criteria

Members of the TSP selection committee review applications and select each TSP cohort. The committee includes TSP program leadership, the Associate Dean of Curriculum, and four TSP graduates.

The selection committee seeks a diverse class of teaching scholars based on characteristics such as background, level of learners taught, teaching site, gender, and home department.  The committee will not consider applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria.

Specifically, the committee seeks applicants who:

  • demonstrate a commitment to education as a focus of their career
  • identify scholarly interests aligned with UCSF education priority areas
  • contribute to the diversity goals of UCSF
Application Process


  • Deadline: April 1 at midnight
  • Notification: Between May 1 and 15


To apply to the Teaching Scholars Program:

  1. Gather the elements of the application packet as listed below in a single pdf for submission:
    • Curriculum Vitae. Preferably in UCSF format.
    • Goals Statement. Please write a narrative of approximately 1000 words describing:
      • Teaching background: Describe your teaching responsibilities and interests in education. For example, whom you teach (students, residents, fellows, faculty), from what professions (dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, interprofessional), in what settings (classroom, clinical, simulation, online).
      • Education Interests: Describe what interests you about anti-racism and anti-oppression in education and what contributions you have made that show your particular interests.
      • Scholarship interests: What kinds of education projects have you participated in and/or are you interested in?  This can include curricular innovations, development of assessment tools, program evaluation, and/or educational research.
      • Educator career: How will participation in the Teaching Scholars Program advance your career plans as an educator?
  2. Assemble the documents into a single .pdf document.
  3. Complete the TSP Application Form online, including an upload of the single pdf document by April 1 at midnight. In the form you must provide:
    • the date of your original UCSF appointment
    • the name of a departmental leader* whom we will contact to attest to:
      • Supporting your participation in the program and its alignment with your career development and the educational goals of the department.
      • Release time for Tuesday afternoons for the year, early September through mid-September.
  4. Contact Victoria Ruddick, Faculty Development Manager, at if you do not receive a confirmation of the receipt of your application.

*Department leader can be one of the following:

  • the applicant’s department chair
  • the applicant's division chief with support from educational leadership such as a vice/associate chair for education, or program director.