Research Training

During the 18 months of clinical training, fellows are expected to develop a personal plan for research training, in consultation with program leadership. At UCSD, there is a remarkable array of research training opportunities open to the fellows, from beginning clinical research to basic science aspects of hematology or oncology. Our fellows have a broad range of research experiences to draw from.

Visit our Research page for a key to the current Hematology-Oncology and BMT faculty research projects.


Basic research training is encouraged and mentors can be found not only within the UCSD School of Medicine but also at neighboring research institutions such as The Scripps Research Institute, the Burnham Institute for Cancer Research, and the Salk Institute.

Based at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, there are training opportunities available in new cancer drug development, supported by the Cancer Therapeutics Training Award, led by Dr. Stephen B. Howell, director of the Cancer Pharmacology Program at the Cancer Center. This provides in-depth training in all aspects of cancer drug development.

In-depth training in clinical research – from trial design to execution – is available through the Clinical Research Enhancement through Supplemental Training (CREST) program of the School of Medicine. CREST is a two-year program that provides comprehensive multidisciplinary clinical research training for future leaders in clinical investigation. The program features an integrated design for state-of-the-art training and a broad-based curriculum encompassing major areas of clinical research. Interested Fellows typically take the abbreviated course over the period of a year; however, a Masters of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research can be awarded upon completion of the full curriculum.

Finally, many opportunities exist to carry out clinical trials–related research as part of teams led by experienced faculty. Examples of early phase studies include the initial trials with JAK-2 mutation inhibitors in the treatment of post-polycythemia myelofibrosis.

During their research training months, fellows will be expected to maintain a one-half day/week continuity clinic. This can take the form of a general Hematology-Oncology Clinic at the VA Medical Center, or a series of subspecialty clinics at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center.