Currently seeking physician, psychologist, and other doctorally prepared clinician fellowship applicants!
If interested, please fill out the general online screening application.
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Location: San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC), 4150 Clement Street San Francisco, CA 94121
Fellowship Site Established: 1994
Academic Affiliations: University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Fellowship Site Goals: To provide outstanding, focused, structured, mentored and nurturing training for clinicians and health professionals across disciplines who are committed to becoming leaders in the health issues of women Veterans and to pursuing a career in Women’s Health at a VA, university or in public health.The individually tailored training and mentoring attends to scientific and clinical progress, career strategy and life balance issues for fellows. Opportunities exist for fellows to complete various course offerings including NIH-supported UCSF Advanced Training in Clinical Research and Masters in Clinical Research.
Research Foci: menopause, urinary incontinence, PTSD, depression, substance abuse, clinical education, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, aging and breast cancer.
San Francisco Fellows: Click here to find out about recent publications and awards.
Dr Karla Kerlikowske is Co-PI of a program project grant “Risk-based Breast Cancer Screening in Community Settings” that involves creating and evaluating new risk models and their association with breast imaging performance in clinical practice in 2 million women across the United States. Dr Leslee Subak runs a multidisciplinary research program studying epidemiology of and evidence-based treatment options for urinary incontinence, lower urinary tract symptoms, and urogenital aging, with a focus on lifestyle modifications (diet and exercise). Dr. Sabra Inslicht, the primary mentor for the site’s Women’s Health fellows with doctorates in psychology, is PI of a study examining sex differences in fear conditioning in PTSD. She also has research funding to study sex-specific hormones, neuropeptides, and metabolomic markers of HPA axis and sleep impairments in PTSD. Dr Shira Maguen is PI of a grant examining eating behaviors in female Veterans with trauma exposure.
In addition to research and academic career training, fellows spend 25% of their time in the Women’s Health Clinic. An array of clinical experiences are available to meet the training needs of each fellow. For psychologists, the requisite clinical supervision is provided.
The San Francisco Women’s Clinic has incorporated University of California-San Francisco obstetrics and gynecology residents in their clinic to enhance teaching of women’s health to medical residents.
Education and Training
Dr. Kelly Koo has provided diversity-based trainings for VA providers treating diverse male and female Veterans with PTSD. Dr Koo is an Advanced Fellow in Women’s Health alum.
Living in San Francisco
San Francisco has plenty to offer for fun and leisure while completing your fellowship in San Francisco.
Enjoy Parks – Ranked among the best in the country; Golden Gate Park, the Presidio, Delores Park, Marin Headlands, Point National Seashore, Muir Woods, and Mount Tamalpais State Park provides a variety of experiences.
Follow the Signs – Attend an event; they are outdoors, and year-round. Activities range from a Cherry Blossom Festival, Carnaval, film festivals, the Fillmore Street Jazz Festival, and food festivals. San Francisco: Things to do.
Discover Organic – Access organic bliss via the many farmers’ markets. San Francisco ranks as the number two city in the US for organic food and restaurants providing robust vegetarian and vegan options.
Set Your Sights on Culture – Exercise your mind at The Exploratorium, catch some humor at the Cartoon Art Museum, attend a San Francisco Ballet , or attend a literary event, but know your options are varied and numerous.
Explore – Enjoy year-round options; Tai Chi, surfing, yoga, public fitness trails, biking, and hiking. Consider alternative retreats and workshops such as Mount Madonna Park, Green Gulch Zen Center, Spirit Rock, and Esalen Institute.
SFVAMC Women Veterans Comprehensive Health Center
Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF