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Service Opportunities for Faculty

MSTP Admissions Committee

The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at UC San Diego is an inter-institutional collaboration that combines clinical training under the auspices of the UCSD School of Medicine with research training from a number of world-renowned research institutions including UCSD, The Scripps Research Institute, the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology.

Faculty are needed to serve on the admissions committee. The committee is chosen by the MTSP Executive Committee. Faculty can self nominate by contacting Mary Alice Kiisel, MST Program Manager, at or by asking executive leadership in the Department of Neurosciences to nominate them. The time commitment involves 5 interview days and 5 or 6 committee meetings per recruiting season. Members are also strongly encouraged to attend the reception held at the end of each interview day.

Health Sciences Faculty Council (HSFC)

The Health Sciences Faculty Council is the self-governing body of the Health Sciences Faculty. The primary tasks of the Health Sciences Faculty are to engage in research to fulfill the responsibility of the University to develop, transmit, and apply new knowledge in the health sciences; as well as to advise the Vice Chancellor Health Sciences concerning various matters, including the resources necessary to perform these missions.

The HSFC sends a “preference call” e-mail at the beginning of the calendar year to populate their committees. Interested faculty members should complete it when requested.

Although there are usually more interested people than there are opportunities, the HSFC maintains a list of back-up 'volunteers'. To qualify as a volunteer, in addition to responding to the preferences-call, the faculty member should e-mail to Patrice Lock at indicating that he/she is willing to serve on ANY committee. This e-mail will add the faculty member to the list of those who have expressed exceptional interest in serving. The Nominating Committee will place these individuals when possible.

The HSFC website also has a link that provides additional options to apply for service.

Visit the HSFC website Links page to look for "How to Volunteer for Committee Service" alphabetically.

Academic Senate Committees

Individuals in the In-Residence, Clinical X, and Professor series are eligible to participate on Academic Senate Committees. In order to participate on an Academic Senate Committee, you must be nominated by the “Committee on Committees."

Check out a list of current committee members and a description of the various committee service opportunities for which the Committee on Committees nominates membership at

See a complete list of Academic Senate Standing Committees.

Each committee has information on staff support and contact information. You may contact them directly for information on how to participate.

Department of Neurosciences Awards Committee

The purpose of the awards committee is to identify academic award opportunities and nominate candidates from the Department of Neurosciences for these awards. This new committee is open to all academic appointees in the department, including project scientists, research scientists, and faculty in all series.

If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Casey,, for further details.

Neurology Clinic Attending - once per month

4th Wednesday evening of the month at UCSD Student Run Free Clinic, Pacific Beach location

The UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic is a non-profit program created in 1997 by and since maintained by UCSD medical students which provides free high-quality health care to local community members who lack any other access the health care (e.g. VA services, county medical services, etc.).

The neurology specialty clinic, which sees patients on Wednesday's at the Pacific Beach Methodist Church, is one of several specialty clinics within the student-run free clinic to which the general clinic refers patients with special needs. The clinic and associated specialty clinics are 100% managed by students and able to meet patient's needs only through the generous volunteer work of a dedicated group of attending physicians.

To learn more about the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic, visit our website. If you are interested in volunteering your time and skills, please contact Bruno Maranhao.

If you have service opportunities to post, please send them to, Neurosciences Content Manager.