May 31, 2006
RSDP Fellowship Information (2006)
The Reproductive Scientist Development Program (RSDP) provides career development support for obstetricians and gynecologists who are committed to a basic science career in academic medicine and research. The areas of interests covered by the program are broadly defined, with emphasis in cell and molecular biology as applied to problems in reproductive endocrinology, genetics, maternal-fetal medicine, oncology, infectious disease, or other aspects of reproduction.
This program is intended for obstetricians and gynecologists completing an approved four year residency and any other clinical training, who desire to develop strong basic science research skills in preparation for a career in academic medicine. Applicants must be nominated and sponsored by the chair of a medical school department of obstetrics and gynecology. Many applicants are in the second or third year of subspecialty fellowship training. For those individuals who do not plan to complete subspecialty training, application during the last year of residency is appropriate. If subspecialty fellowship training involves a final year in research, it is possible to have that year serve as the first year of Phase I of the RSDP scholarship. Specific requirements include: M.D. or D.O. degree, U.S. citizenship at the time of application, and completion of a residency in obstetrics-gynecology approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Prior laboratory experience is not a requirement of applicants.
Phase I - Basic Science Development, 2 Years
This full-time basic science phase can be provided in any well-established research laboratory with a nationally recognized, experienced scientific mentor. The location of the training laboratory need not be at the “home” institution.
Phase II - Establishment of Research Program, 3 Years
Following the intensive basic research development of Phase I, the physician-scientist will assume a junior faculty position in the sponsoring department of obstetrics-gynecology for three years, as assured by the department chairman at the time of application for an RSDP award. During these three years, there is a commitment on the part of the RSDP Scholar and the sponsoring department that the Scholar will spend at least 75 percent of his/her time in laboratory research. The remaining time may be spent in teaching or clinical service. During these years, the Scholar should become an independent investigator.
FUNDING AND APPLICATION INFORMATION
The RSDP is funded by a grant from the NICHD. Each award is co-funded by a grant from one of a number of private sources, which include foundations, professional societies and the pharmaceutical industry.
Phase I - A budget including salary, fringe benefits, and research expenses is provided for the two years of Phase I. The salary for these two years is $75,000 plus $25,000 per year for supplies, operating expenses, and travel to research meetings. For individuals performing research related to contraception or infertility, a loan forgiveness program is available.
Phase II - Funding for salary and laboratory expenses is available for this second three-year phase of career development on a competitive basis.
A Letter of Intent to Apply is requested by August 15. This letter should include the name of the sponsoring department chair, title and brief explanation of the proposed research project, and name and department affiliation of the proposed research mentor and supervisor.
A complete application is required by October 1, for funding to start July 1 of the following year.
FOR INFORMATION AND APPLICATION FORMS CONTACT:
The Reproductive Scientist Development Program Office
University of California San Francisco, Campus Box 0922, San Francisco, CA 94143
E-mail: Mrs. Maro Minasi at: firstname.lastname@example.org
RSDP Web Site (http://www.rsdp.org)
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Robert B. Jaffe, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
(415) - 476 - 6130
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