PSFP Frequently Asked Questions

 

CHAN ZUCKERBERG BIOHUB PHYSICIAN-SCIENTIST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

WHAT IS BIOHUB?

The CZ Biohub is an independent nonprofit medical research organization collaborating with the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, and the University of California, San Francisco to harness the power of science, technology and human capacity to cure, prevent or manage all disease during our children’s lifetime.

 


 

FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

WHY PHYSICIAN-SCIENTIST FELLOWSHIPS?

Physician-scientists are doctors who combine the practice of medicine with a mix of basic or clinical research. Trained in a multidisciplinary approach, physician-scientists are uniquely equipped to explore research ideas that link the biomedical sciences to the clinical care of patients, leading to discoveries that enhance human health.

In recent years, the number of physician-scientists has decreased dramatically. This pilot program aims to provide young doctors with a new track to pursue scientific training and to reduce the barriers to explore those interests. The fellowship also tests whether there is demand for programs like this and if providing this kind of opportunity will increase the number of physician-scientist trainees.

 

WHAT IS THE PHYSICIAN-SCIENTIST FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM?

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Physician-Scientist Fellowship program will be an immersive, hands-on experience in biomedical research (laboratory or computational-based) intended as an introduction or as a supplement to prior experience. Most importantly, no prior research experience is required.

The core aspect of the program will be embedding for 22–36 months in the laboratory of a faculty mentor at one of CZ Biohub’s three collaborating campuses (Stanford University, UCSF, or UC Berkeley) – or in one of the intramural research labs at CZ Biohub.

 

WHO WILL BE THE MENTORS AND PROGRAM FACULTY?

Faculty from Stanford University, UCSF, and UC Berkeley eligible to serve as Graduate Student Advisors are eligible to serve as mentors. Fellows may also choose to be mentored by a CZ Biohub group or platform leader. Mentors will focus on optimizing career development, meeting regularly to guide training and provide feedback and attending program-wide events and presentations.

 

CAN I CHOOSE A MENTOR AT AN INSTITUTION OUTSIDE THE BAY AREA?

Faculty mentors must be based at one of CZ Biohub’s three collaborating campuses (Stanford University, UCSF, or UC Berkeley) – or in one of the intramural research labs at CZ Biohub.

 

WHAT IS THE CURRICULUM?

The fellowship program curriculum will eventually be taught in a peer-to-peer fashion focused on biomedical and clinical research. Fellows will determine topics and meeting cadence with a goal of 35 classes in a calendar year. Fellows can invite faculty members to teach a class up to once per month.

 

WHEN DOES THE PROGRAM BEGIN?

The fellowship program begins July 1, 2020.

 

WHAT IF I AM NOT ABLE TO BEGIN THE PROGRAM UNTIL A LATER DATE?

Applicants must be able to begin the program on July 1, 2020.

 

HOW MANY FELLOWS WILL BE SELECTED?

Approximately six each year.

 

WILL MORE FELLOWSHIPS BE AWARDED IN 2021?

Yes, a call for applications will be made each year, with each new cohort starting July 1 of the following year.

 


 

ELIGIBILITY

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an accredited post-graduate medical training program at either UCSF or Stanford, hold an M.D., and neither hold nor be pursuing a Ph.D. Applicants must also:

  • Participate in a residency or post-residency program during fellowship training
  • Commit 100 percent time to a 24-month program, with an option for another 12 months
  • Commit to at least 75 percent research effort while maintaining at least 20 percent clinical effort

Awardees will be expected to attend core curricular events, make regular presentations to their peers, and give research-in-progress talks at the annual program retreat.

 

ARE THERE LIMITATIONS AS TO WHAT YEAR OF RESIDENCY AN APPLICANT MUST BE IN?

There are no limitations other than being beyond the first year of residency.

 

IS BIOHUB PRIORITIZING THOSE WITH NO RESEARCH EXPERIENCE?  WILL THOSE WITH PRIOR RESEARCH EXPERIENCE BE AT A DISADVANTAGE?

The program is aimed to help trainees with no research experience, but all applicants will be considered. It will be important for applicants who have prior research experience to explain how the fellowship will provide new opportunities or avenues for achieving their goals.

 

THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT SAYS APPLICANTS MUST BE ENROLLED FULL-TIME IN AN ACCREDITED POST-GRADUATE MEDICAL TRAINING PROGRAM, BUT I AM IN A NON-ACGME PROGRAM.  AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

Yes, residents and fellows in non-ACGME programs may apply.  The term “accredited” in the requirement was intended to describe the institution rather than programs.

 

I AM NEARING THE END OF MY CLINICAL FELLOWSHIP. AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

For clinical fellows the eligibility requirement is that you must be enrolled full-time in a post-graduate medical training program and participate in a post-residency program at the time of application to the Biohub fellowship. This means that you would have to continue under the auspices of Stanford or UCSF in a post-residency position that is not a faculty position (e.g. postdoctoral position, research fellowship) during your time in the Biohub program.  You should explore options with your program director.

 

WILL THERE BE AN OPTION FOR A 4TH YEAR OF THE FELLOWSHIP?

The fellowship is 24 months with an option for another 12 months.

 


 

APPLICATIONS

DO I NEED A GOOGLE ACCOUNT TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION?

A Google account is required to login to submit the application since it is a Google Form.

 

WHEN ARE APPLICATIONS DUE?

Applications are due by October 1, 2019, 11:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time.

 

WHAT IF MY PROGRAM DIRECTOR IS UNABLE TO PROVIDE A STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR MY APPLICATION?

A statement of support from your program director is required to submit an application. If your program director has specific questions or concerns that we might be able to address, please forward their questions to us or introduce them to us by email at the contact below.

 

CAN I SUBMIT PERSONAL STATEMENTS LONGER THAN THE 300-WORD LIMIT?

No, applicants must follow the limit.

 

CAN I SUBMIT A CV LONGER THAN THE 3-PAGE LIMIT?

No, applicants must follow the limit.

 

CAN I SUBMIT NAMES AND CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MORE THAN 2 REFERENCES?

No, applicants must follow the limit.  Your program director serves as the third reference.

 


 

REVIEW PROCESS

WHO WILL REVIEW APPLICATIONS?

Applications will be reviewed by the program co-directors and expert reviewers.

 

WHEN WILL INTERVIEWS BE HELD?

Interviews will be held in November.

 

WHO WILL CONDUCT THE INTERVIEWS?

Interviews will be conducted by the Biohub co-presidents, the program co-directors, and expert reviewers.

 

WHEN WILL THE DECISIONS BE MADE?

Biohub plans to announce recipients of the awards in December 2019.

 

WILL APPLICANTS WHO ARE NOT SELECTED BE PROVIDED WITH REVIEWS, SCORES, OR REASONS FOR THE DECISION?

Biohub will inform all applicants of final decisions to award or not award funding, but we will not provide additional information.

 


 

AWARDS

HOW MUCH IS THE AWARD?

Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Physician-Scientist Fellows will be paid according to their ACGME postgraduate scale and commensurate with other fellows/residents in their respective programs. The cost of salary and benefits will be split evenly between CZ Biohub and the home department/division. Awardees will receive an annual stipend of $5,000 for conference travel and other professional expenses.

 

HOW CAN THE STIPENDS BE USED?  ARE THERE RESTRICTIONS?

Guidelines on awards will be made available at a later date.

 


 

MORE INFORMATION

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION AND ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM?

Visit https://www.czbiohub.org/psfp for more information and to apply online.

For questions and inquiries contact Roger Nys, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Physician-Scientist Fellowship Program Officer, at physician-scientistfellowships@czbiohub.org.