Small Group Leader, Designing and Conducting Research Course

Designing and Conducting Research (DCR) is an updated version of the month-long Designing Clinical Research course that has been offered at UCSF for over 30 years. Students, residents, fellows, and faculty have learned the overarching concepts and essential vocabulary for interpreting and planning clinical research. In March, the School of Medicine extends the opportunity to experience the DCR curriculum to all students as part of the new Inquiry Curriculum.

We are seeking committed and experienced, research or scholarship-focused individuals to facilitate small groups of medical students for eight sessions in March. The ideal candidate will be competent in a broad range of concepts inherent to rigorous investigation, particularly focused on research involving human subjects. Importantly, s/he will be rewarded by the experience of training and launching a new cohort of physician-scientists.  Diverse research interests including, but not limited to, community engagement, education science, and quality improvement are desired.


  • Eight, two-hour sessions at the Parnassus campus
  • Five catered lunchtime training sessions
  • Facilitation of peer review discussions and proposals-in-progress of 8-10 medical students
  • Provision of written weekly and final summative feedback to students
  • Optional: attendance at the winter Inquiry Symposium to support students presenting completed research proposals


  • CME Credit, if requested
  • Formal evaluation of teaching by students and recognition from the Office of Medical Education and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics


  • Send your CV, a brief paragraph summarizing your interest and qualifications, and an indication of expertise in any of the following topic areas to the Inquiry Coordinator by the first Friday of October:
    • Basic science
    • Community engagement
    • Creative medical arts
    • Educational research
    • Global health
    • Medical anthropology
    • Qualitative research
    • Quality improvement / implementation science
    • Systematic review
  • Contact the Course Directors Meyeon Park,, and Rebecca Graff,, with any questions

Interested candidates who do not hold faculty appointments should contact the Inquiry Coordinator to confirm that compensation can be provided.