Flexible Residency
Providing the opportunity to launch an academic career
Flexible Residency: Laboratory Research
UCSF residents have a high success rate in receiving R25 funding and later K08 or K23 career development grants after residency.
Flexible Residency: Clinical Research
Our goal is to give any resident the opportunity to explore clinical research to decide whether it is right for their career, whether they have a background in it or not.
Flexible Residency: Global Health
Residents choosing this track have spent up to four months in their R4 years in China, Zambia, Haiti, and Peru.
Flexible Residency: Master Clinician
A dedicated curriculum focused on clinical decision-making and promoting lifelong learning skills with a capstone project.
Flexible Residency: Medical Education
A mentored curriculum development project leveraging abundant resources in education scholarship and professional development in the School of Medicine.

We offer a Flexible Neurology Residency Program ("FlexRes") with areas of concentration in laboratory research, clinical research, medical education, master clinician, or global health. The flexible residency allows adult neurology and child neurology residents to dedicate up to six months during their R4 year to research or other scholarly pursuits, which can provide an excellent stepping-stone to potential research fellowships after residency and establishing a thriving career in academic neurology or neuroscience. UCSF participates in the NINDS-sponsored R25 program and our residents have a high success rate of being awarded these laboratory research training grants. A separate endowment, the Shupin fund, enables residents who do not receive an R25 and those with an interest in clinical research, or other scholarly interests, to also have 6 months in the R4 year to pursue a project germane to their career interests. This training has prepared residents to successfully apply for K08 or K23 grants early in their academic career. Residents begin to apply for the Flexible Neurology Residency during their R2 year of training through a mentored process that ensures successful projects. Funding is available for all eligible residents to participate.

Intradepartmental clinical and laboratory research committees assist residents in developing clinical or laboratory research projects with a focus on training resident to preform research including selection of a mentor, research project, and developing a fundable research application. Physician-educator, master clinician and global health tracks all have academic physician champions to provide guidance in project development. As part of a Global Health flexible residency experience, residents will be able to leverage the wealth of resources available through the UCSF global health community, including the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences.