Research Rotation

Hello Team! Here is some useful information that can help you with planning your research rotation.

Research Block Overview

This is a wonderful opportunity for residents interested in research and seeking protected time to work on projects to have up to 2 months total in their senior years set aside for research. The application is a competitive process, as outlined below.

Residents will be meeting with their research mentor regularly throughout the research block, with the only clinical requirement being one day of continuity per week to allow maximum flexibility and productivity. Residents are expected to attend Friday School during research blocks.

For the 2022-2023 year, residents in early blocks (July-August) participated in a new Research Readiness Curriculum led by senior faculty research mentors including Drs. Samir Gupta, Zea Borok, Joachim Ix, Atul Malhotra, Alison Moore, Veeral Ajmera and Charles Ginsberg, covering high yield research topics via short lectures & small working groups.

Residents present their work at the annual Resident Research Symposium in the spring, with the opportunity for exemplary presentations to be chosen for Department of Medicine Grand Rounds!

Application Timeline

Friday, September 30, 2022: 5-6 pm PT by Zoom

How to Write a Research Proposal and Choose a Mentor
Speaker: Dr. Charles Ginsberg

Attendance of the session or viewing of the recording is required for participation.

Here is the 2022-2023 Research Application Form: Click Here

Friday, January 13, 2023 at 11:59 pm PT: Research Mentor Form Due 

Friday, February 10, 2023 at 11:59pm PT: Resident Research Proposal Due

Mid-March 2023: Notices of approved applications

May 3, 2023 5-9pm: Resident Research Symposium

Research Application Resources

How to Choose a Research Mentor and Write a Research Proposal (9/30/22) – see email for link

A good start for finding a research mentor would be to review the list of recent research mentors for our residents: Click Here.

Also please reference specialty research points of contact below for faculty who are knowledgeable about and have kindly volunteered to connect you with faculty research mentors within their field.

Proposals are ranked by the research committee based on proposal quality, project feasibility and mentor/sponsor commitment with priority given to the highest ranked proposals. Therefore, it’s critically important you find a mentor who will help you craft the best proposal and be available to regularly advise you along the way!

Example proposals kindly shared with permission (please reference the prep video for further instructions on writing a competitive proposal):

Karlen Ulubabyan

Maedha Begur

UCSD IRB website:

Resident Research Curriculum Resources

Lectures from the inaugural research research readiness curriculum, made available courtesy of contributing faculty. We highly recommend reviewing these lectures early on as you craft your research proposal!

Conceiving the Research Question (Dr. Samir Gupta)

The Anatomy and Physiology of Clinical Research (Dr. Samir Gupta)

Planning Measurements and Data Management (Dr. Joachim Ix)

Research Ethics (Dr. Allison Moore)

Physician-Scientist Careers (Dr. Allison Moore)

Specialty Research Points of Contact

Allergy/Immunology: Marc Reidl, MD

Cardiology: Barry Greenberg, MD

Endocrinology: Amit Majithia, MD, Sunder Mudaliar, MD, Jeremy Pettus, MD

Geriatrics: Benjamin Han, MD

Gastroenterology: Amir Zarrinpar, MD, (VA), Samir Gupta, MD (VA), Rohit Loomba, MD (Hepatology), Gobind Anand, MD

Hematology/Oncology: Ida Wong-Sefidan, MD

Hospital Medicine: Ian Jenkins, MD, Brian Kwan, MD

Infectious Disease: Davey Smith, MD, MAS

Nephrology: Dena Rifkin, MD

Palliative Care & Hospice: Kyle Edmonds, MD

Pulmonary Critical Care: Atul Malhotra, MD

Primary Care: Edward Chao, MD (VA), Bernice Ruo (UCSD)

Rheumatology: Monica Guma, MD, PhD

Poster and Abstract Templates

Dr. Hepokoski and Dr. Akuthota’s Guide to Poster Presentations