Research Training Program

For over 20 years the division has held a NIH T32 training program in Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology that links several important areas of medical science into a coherent interdisciplinary program whose primary goal is to train future medical scientists and leaders in rheumatology and immunology. Areas of focus, with key faculty mentors in each area, include basic sciences, health services research and clinical trials. Faculty in all of these areas are functionally integrated within the UCSF Rheumatology Program, with a high degree of collaboration between faculty at the various sites. The training program is also integrated with the graduate program in Microbiology/Immunology. Twelve of the participating faculty on the rheumatology training grant also have appointments in the graduate program in Immunology or includes faculty from other basic science departments; for example, Drs. Abbul Abbas (Pathology), Jeff Bluestone (Diabetes) and Mike McCune (Experimental Medicine). Thus the program provides broad opportunities for advanced research training. The training program includes formal course work consistent with trainees’ specific training on a particular research project. Trainees from the UCSF Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology Training Program have gone on to positions of prominence in this and related fields around the country. The ongoing impact of this program is reflected in the success of its most recent graduates.