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University of California, San Francisco Radiology Chair Chris Hess, MD, PhD T32 Program

University of California, San Francisco Radiology Chair Chris Hess, MD, PhD T32 Program

My name is Christopher Hess. I’m the chair of the
Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at UCSF. So, the T32 Program is not new at UCSF. It’s been around for over a decade, and it’s been a remarkable success. The trainees have populated the most elite academic institutions across the United States. I think in science there’s a real need for perspective of academic radiologists’ perspective on imaging. You know, I think it’s hard
to get a footprint in science when you’re starting as a trainee. It can be difficult to navigate, to understand what the tools are, the skillset that you need to
develop a program and research and become an independent investigator. And so the UCSF Radiology
NIH-funded T32 program was developed as a structured way of developing the careers of our trainees so that they hit the ground
running in academic radiology. So the curriculum includes basic training in what’s really cross-cutting
across research in general, and so that includes statistics, ethics, publication and reading, grant writing. So there’s a real focus on
mentorship in the program. We look at both a
scientific mentorship format where trainees work directly
with a mentor in our department to do research and to develop their own individual research project. We also use professional mentoring. A professional mentor
is completely separated from the research of
the individual trainee and acts more as a sounding board to help these individuals develop professionally and
academically in their career by plugging them into the network by introducing them to new concepts, to look out for them I would say and their own kind of
professional development to make sure that they’re
not getting stuck. You know, research goes
and starts and stops, I think it’s important to
have supportive framework where people who’ve done
it and been there before can kind of understand how
to get through those bumps and over those hurdles to help you to develop your individual research. I think the overall goal is
really to develop a cohort of innovators and influencers who are gonna be the future generation of academic radiologists. Why is that a necessary cohort? That is a group of people who can fundamentally change science.

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