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Applications sought for Chan Zuckerberg Biohub fellowships

CZ Biohub fellows will conduct research under a faculty mentor at Stanford, UC-Berkeley or UC-San Francisco or at a Biohub lab in San Francisco.

David Cornfield

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, a medical research organization that collaborates with Stanford, UC-Berkeley and UC-San Francisco, is offering two- to three-year research fellowships for medical residents and clinical fellows. 

Biohub fellows will conduct research under a faculty mentor at one of the three campuses or at a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub lab in San Francisco. They will also learn about medical economics, grant writing, career development and ethics, as well as various biomedical and clinical research subjects. 

The goal of the fellowship is to equip young doctors to incorporate research into their careers. The number of physician-scientists is in decline, largely because of financial pressures on academic medical centers.

“Despite their important role in biomedical discovery, fewer physicians are dedicating their professional lives to research,” said David Cornfield, MD, the program’s co-director and a professor of pediatric pulmonary medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine. “The CZ Biohub Physician-Scientist Fellowship Program aims to change that by providing medical doctors who have limited research experience with the opportunity to pursue a basic research path, gain expertise and cultivate their passion for advancing medical knowledge.”

The program will award about six fellowships per year. Applicants must hold an MD degree but not a PhD, and be enrolled full-time in a medical residency or clinical fellowship at Stanford or UCSF. They will need to commit to at least two years at 75% time with CZ Biohub and spend at least 20% of their time seeing patients. The fellowship will begin July 1, 2020.

The Biohub is accepting applications until Oct. 1, 2019; awards will be announced in December. Fellows can expect to be paid a salary similar to the one they are receiving for their residency or current fellowship. Applicants can find more information and apply online.

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