Research Initiative to promote Diversity in Radiology (RIDR Program)

RIDR is a new research and academic career development program funded by the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and developed by the department’s Diversity and Inclusion committee. We provide unique research experiences and focused mentorship to students from groups historically underrepresented in radiology (women and races/ethnicities underrepresented in medicine). Our goal is to provide an early opportunity for students to explore radiology as a career choice and support the next wave of innovation in our field.

What is the purpose of RIDR?

The RIDR program provides an opportunity for women and groups underrepresented in medicine to participate in basic science, translational, or clinical radiology research projects. The program supports the establishment of a relationship between a student and a talented and successful faculty researcher within the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging. Students will spend 8 weeks during the summer working with a faculty mentor on a research project.

The student’s research experience will culminate in an abstract to be submitted for presentation at the department Summer Students Symposium. Students are encouraged to submit abstracts to meetings and collaborate on any potential manuscripts that might arise out of their work. 

What types of projects can students work on?

Accepted students will be matched with a project of interest and a mentor. The full scope of the department’s innovative research programs can be viewed here: https://radiology.ucsf.edu/research.

Who is eligible to apply?

Female or UIM students at the high school, college, or medical student level. Medical students who will have completed their first year of medical school are strongly encouraged to apply for the summer following their first year. Advanced medical students are also eligible to participate, as their schedule and required clinical rotations permit.

What support is available?

Participation includes a stipend commensurate with trainee education level. High school, college students, and medical students participating in the RIDR program will receive a stipend of $2400, $3200, and $4000, respectively. 

Is the stipend taxable?

Under the Internal Revenue Code, income received as a stipend is generally included in gross income for federal income tax purposes. Students are responsible for establishing the amount of their taxable income and for making any required payments of estimated tax.

Are health insurance or housing provided?

No, neither health insurance nor housing is provided through this program.

How do I apply?

A complete application must include the following components which can be submitted online:

  • Personal statement: Please describe any previous experiences in medical research and discuss why you are interested in radiology research. Please also give a sense of your short-term career plans. Do not exceed 500 words.
  • Current CV
  • Current transcript (For high school or college students)
  • Letter of recommendation: This should be from a teacher or faculty member who can comment on your academic performance and potential for clinical research. Please notify your reference well in advance of the deadline. Once you have submitted your application, your reference will receive an e-mail asking them to submit their recommendation through the online application site.

Access RIDR program online application

Applications for the next cycle will be available on December 1, 2017.

How can I obtain additional information?

For further information about the RIDR program, please email diversity-committee@ucsf.edu

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