Emerging Scholars Exchange Program

2019-2020 Call for Applications: Emerging Scholars Exchange Program
Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 4, 2019.


The Emerging Scholars Exchange Program is designed to provide career development opportunities for UCSF early career faculty via invited presentations at prestigious peer universities. Through the Exchange Program, early career faculty will have the opportunity to develop relationships with potential research collaborators, mentors, and sponsors; hone their oral presentation skills; and bolster their CVs as they prepare for promotion.

“The Emerging Scholars Program provided an amazing opportunity from a few standpoints. First, it gave me the chance to travel to another university where there are a lot of well-known people who do work in my area. I was able to meet in-person with several esteemed scholars in my field, which helped expand my own network. Not only did some of the conversations provide excellent feedback for some of my ongoing work, but I am also hopeful that several of those contacts will translate into collaboration and networking opportunities in the future. I also had the chance to put together a more comprehensive presentation that provided a larger overview of my research in a more narrative format. This helped me to get a better understanding of the context of my own work, and I am now using this presentation as the basis of other talks that go beyond the typical one-off research presentations at conferences.”

Rita Hamad, MD, PhD, 2019-2020 PRL-IHPS Emerging Scholar

“The Emerging Scholars Exchange Program provided me with an experience rarely afforded to junior faculty - the opportunity to engage in substantive discussions about my research, meet potential collaborators, and hear new ideas from faculty outside my home institution. The program has had lasting effects on my research and my career.” 

Grace Lin, MD, 2017-2018 PRL-IHPS Emerging Scholar

Program Components

Two Emerging Scholars from UCSF will be selected to give a presentation at one of our partner institutions: the University of Pennsylvania Leonard Davis Institute and the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation. In exchange, scholars from these universities will be selected to present at UCSF.

Presentations will take place between February – May, 2020.

Application Requirements

Completed application* includes:

  1. Statement of interest (no more than 500 words) from the applicant describing why he/she wants to be an Emerging Scholar, and why this opportunity is important for his/her professional development.
  2. 2-3 proposed presentation titles including a brief description of each.
  3. CV

*When submitting your application, please enter "2020 Emerging Scholars Application" in the email subject.
Applicants will undergo a two-stage selection/matching process. First, a UCSF selection committee will review all applications and select 4 potential speakers. This list of potential speakers will then be sent to the partner institutions, which will rank the scholars in their order of preference for an invited lecture. From these rankings, UCSF will match two scholars with either the University of Pennsylvania or the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation.
 Email application materials to Beth Thew: ([email protected])

Previous 2019 Emerging Scholar Presentations at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, UCSF

Using mHealth in Clinical Settings: Benefits and Challenges
(Presented on April 16, 2019)

Laurie Buis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, U-M Medical School

When is evidence ready to implement? Challenges in perioperative care implementation
(Presented on May 6, 2019)

Meghan Lane-Fall, MD, MSHP Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology and Critical Care,
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania