Career Development (CD)

Provides resources to enable greater diversity at UCSF, to support mentorship, and to improve the recruitment and retention of under-represented clinical and translational researchers.


It's exciting to be training the next generation of effective clinical and translational mentors at UCSF.
Jeanette S. Brown, MD; Director, Comprehensive Mentor Development Program
  • To advance the careers of clinical and translational researchers by providing career advice, research mentoring, and support.
  • To advance under-represented groups in clinical and translational science at UCSF, in collaboration with the UCSF Chancellor's Diversity Initiative and School-based Diversity Taskforces, the CTSI CD Program has vigorous programs to recruit and retain underrepresented faculty and trainees.
  • To promote culture change so that clinical and translational researchers are appropriately rewarded.

Resources & Services

*Several Career Development resources are integral to UCSF's efforts to nurture diversity.


  • *Traveling Ambassador Program: Funds URM faculty to attend national meetings to promote professional and graduate training programs, advertise open faculty positions, and make contact with potential applicants from diverse or disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • *Biomedical and Health Sciences Internship (BHSI): A research-intensive summer internship program for entering senior high school students designed to promote interest in science, medicine, and health among young people; created by the Department of Pediatrics at UCSF, with modest funding support from CTSI.
  • *Pre-health Undergraduate Program (PUP): To attract promising underrepresented minority undergraduates to careers in clinical and translational research, this program provides training to undergraduate students to design clinical and translational research in collaboration with a UCSF predoctoral PACCTR trainee.
  • *UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute Visiting Elective Scholarship Program: Designed to improve the recruitment of underrepresented minorities (URM) interested in clinical and translational research at the residency level, this scholarship program supports URM advanced professional students who wish to do a 1-month elective at UCSF and complete the Designing Clinical and Translational Research for Students and Residents course.
  • *UC Diversity Pipeline Initiative: Annual conference for nominated professional students from all UC campuses that is designed to increase diversity among women faculty at UC health professional schools. CTSI provides modest funding to support this conference (see related story).



  • *Professional Development Awards

Up to six nominated candidates per year are funded to attend the annual American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Leadership Training Programs:

- Minority Faculty Professional Development Seminar (will not be held in 2012)
- Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar
- Early-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar

Leave Awards

Diversity Advisory Board

The CTSI Diversity Advisory Board, including esteemed and highly experienced board members from all schools at UCSF, meets annually and provides advice related to ongoing and proposed activities to improve the diversity of clinical and translational researchers at UCSF.


  • Joan Reede, MD, Dean for Office for Diversity and Community Partnership, Harvard Medical School 

Chancellor’s Office:

  • J. Renee Navarro, PharmD, MD, Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Outreach

School of Dentistry:

  • Barbara Gerbert, PhD, Professor of Dentistry, Division of Behavioral Sciences, Professionalism and Ethics

School of Medicine:

  • Kristen Bibbins-Domingo, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine; Co-Director, CTSI K Program and Director, Pre-health Undergraduate Program
  • Ralph Gonzales, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine; Co-Director CTSI K Program; Director, Program in Implementation and Dissemination Sciences 
  • Dan Lowenstein, MD, Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair, Neurology; Director of Physician-Scientist and Education Training Programs 
  • Rene Salazar, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine; Director of Diversity, Graduate Medical Education

School of Nursing:

  • Glenna Dowling, RN, PhD, FAAN, Professor and Chair, Physiological Nursing; Director, Institute on Aging Research Center
  • Judy Martin-Holland, PhD, MPA, RN, FNP, Associate Dean, Academic Programs; Assistant Clinical Professor, Physiological Nursing

School of Pharmacy:

  • Esteban Burchard, MD, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences
  • Ruth Greenblatt, MD, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Medicine and Epidemiology; Program Director and former PI, Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women’s Health (K12) 
  • Sharon Youmans, PharmD, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Associate Dean for Diversity

CTSI faculty and staff (non-voting members):

  • Deborah Grady, MD, MPH, CTSI Co-Director, Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for CTSI
  • Margaret Kristof, MS, RN, Academic Coordinator, Senior Program Coordinator