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Clinical Research Scholar Fellowship

Dr. Coyne standing in front of a projected display of a cancer related emergency department bounce backs presentation

UCSD Emergency medicine is excited to offer a two-year clinical research scholar fellowship beginning in July of 2010. We will be accepting one or two fellows per year.


The UCSD Department of Emergency Medicine Clinical Research Scholar program is designed to train promising EM investigators in the field of emergency medicine research. Research scholars will be paired with a senior faculty member in the department, with the goal of helping academic-minded emergency physicians become funded clinical research scientists.

The duration of the fellowship is two years. During the first year of the program, research scholars who do not have an advanced degree in research methodology (ie, MPH or PhD) will concentrate on didactic coursework and on conducting preliminary work on a research project in the scholar's area of interest. During the second year, scholars will finalize their research projects and develop at least one major grant proposal.

Program Description

The UCSD Department of Emergency Medicine has historically been one of the most academically productive departments in the country (Henderson et al). Each research scholar will function as a clinical instructor within the Department of Emergency Medicine, but will have access to some of the most productive scholars in the country.

Fellows have the opportunity to obtain a Masters in Public Health through a collaboration with San Diego State University. Alternatively, fellows can obtain a Masters in Science through the UCSD Clinical Research Enhancement through Supplemental Training (CREST) program. For those that already have an advanced degree, supplemental classes in research methodology can be taken through the CREST program. 


The program will be headed by Christopher Coyne, MD, MPH. UCSD Emergency Medicine Research scholars will meet regularly with both Dr. Coyne and senior faculty as appropriate to area of focus. These faculty members will jointly form a committee which will supervise each scholar's progress. Research scholars will be required to submit progress reports every six months to the department chair and the Department of Emergency Medicine clinical research directors.


Selected Emergency Department senior faculty will serve as a mentor for each scholar. In selected cases, scholars may also select additional mentors outside the department if this contributes to their area of focus.

Clinical Shifts

Fellows with a background in Emergency Medicine are expected to maintain their primary board skills in the ED. Opportunities are available at both UC San Diego Health sites, Rady Children's Hospital, the San Diego VA and El Centro Regional Medical Center.


The fellow is funded through the clinical hours they work as this is a non ACGME fellowship.

Full benefits including medical and dental will be provided by UCSD during the fellowship. Four weeks of vacation are available during the fellowship. All conferences at which the fellow presents research will be paid for by the Emergency Department.

Program Leadership

Research Division Staff

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