University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

By Research Program

Each of the HDFCCC Programs offer a variety of educational and training opportunities. To find opportunities in your specific area of interest, please see below. The HDFCCC website also has information on research/disease groups, Cancer Center events, and Tumor Boards.

Breast Oncology

Reoccurring educational programs/meetings

Fellowships/Postdocs/Residency

  • The Breast Surgery Oncology Fellowship is a competitive one-year intensive clinical experience in all aspects of general and oncology breast surgery. This fellowship is offered to board eligible or certified general surgeons.
  • Each year the Breast Oncology Program takes a fellow from the Society for Surgical Oncology Fellowship in Breast Oncology. The fellowship is for one year.

Graduate/Undergraduate Students/High School Students

  • UCSF Breast Care Center (BCC) Internship Program at the HDFCCC is a program in which recent undergraduates or post-baccalaureate graduates have the opportunity to gain 1-2 years of experience contributing to progress in basic science, clinical research, and patient care.

URM Opportunities

  • The Program accepts 2 undergraduate interns from SF BUILD each year for 2 yearlong internships in STEM

Cancer Control

Reoccurring educational programs/meetings

  • The Cancer Control Program has quarterly meetings, 3 of which are open to all HDFCCC Members. For more information please see the HDFCCC Events website.

Fellowships/Postdocs/Residency

Graduate/Undergraduate/High School Students

URM Opportunities

  • The Program accepts 2 undergraduate interns from SF BUILD each year.

Cancer Genetics

Reoccurring educational programs/meetings

  • The Cancer Genetics Program holds a series of quarterly retreats focused on specific themes related to the overall goals of the program, which are to foster multidisciplinary, systems-based approaches to understanding the roles of germline and somatic mutations in cancer initiation and progression. Many of these retreats are inter-programmatic, for example most recently with Cancer Control and Cancer Immunology. The Program also hosts visiting guest speakers to present their latest research in cancer genetics. These meetings are open to all Cancer Center members. For more information please see the HDFCCC Events website.
  • Cancer Center Program members organize specific educational/ discussion meetings on
    • Weekly cancer risk meetings (Mt Zion). Contact Julie Mak
    • Monthly quantitative biology discussion group. Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, usually on the first Thursday of each month: contact David Quigley.
    • Monthly biostatistics course. Contact Adam Olshen.

Fellowships/Postdocs/Residency

Cancer Immunology

Reoccurring educational programs/meetings

  • Cell Biology, Cancer, and Immunology Research-in-Progress Seminars – Every Tuesday on the Parnassus campus. One Tuesday a month focused on cancer immunology. For more information check the HDFCCC events website.
  • Quarterly Symposium Highlighting Parnassus Cancer Research in the HDFCCC – The Cancer Immunology Program partners with other HDFCCC Programs to create these multi-discipline symposia. For more information check the HDFCCC events website.

Experimental Therapeutics

Reoccurring educational programs/meetings

  • QBC Retreat - The Bioinformatics pathway, the Biophysics Graduate Program, Chemistry and Chemical Biology Graduate Program, and the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics Graduate Program (QBC) hold an annual joint retreat in Monterey, California. The retreat spans two days and focuses on faculty research talks and a poster session. The retreat is typically held in late autumn
  • Experimental Therapeutics Program Site Committee

Graduate/Undergraduate/High School Students

Hematopoietic Malignancies

  • Coming Soon 

Neurologic Oncology

Reoccurring educational programs/meetings

  • Annual inter-SPORE Retreat – open to all brain tumor SPORE members
  • Annual EAB Meeting – Open to all members of the Brain Tumor Center
  • Annual Neuro-Oncology Retreat – Open to all members of the Neuro-Oncology Program
  • Monthly Brain Tumor Center Meeting - Open to Brain Center Members only

Fellowships/Postdocs/Residency

URM Opportunities

  • Oasis for Girls - Partners with young women of color aged 14-18 from under-resourced communities in San Francisco to provide a medical internship experience. For more information contact Marisa McFarlane.

Pediatric Malignancies

Reoccurring educational programs/meetings

Fellowships/Postdocs/Residency

Prostate Cancer

Reoccurring educational programs/meetings

  • Prostate Cancer Program Research Workshops – Open to all Cancer Center Members. Check the Cancer Center website’s event page for more information.
  • Annual Scientific Retreat - Traditionally occurs in the fall. Check the HDFCCC event page or contact prostatecancerprogram@ucsf.edu for more information
  • GU Site Committee Open Trail Review - 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month, 8-9am. Contact Kaleas Johnson for permission to attend.
  • GU Tissue Committee - 3rd Wednesday of the month, 9-10am. Contact Dr. Simko for permission to attend.
  • Medical Team Clinical Meeting - 2nd Wednesday of the month, 10-11am. Contact Dr. Eric Small to attend.
  • CRC Patient Reviews - Every Wednesday, 11am - 12:30pm. Contact Mina Lee or Brian Ma for permission to attend.

Fellowships/Postdocs/Residency

  • UCSF Department of Urology offers a Urologic Oncology Fellowship that takes one fellow per year
  • The UCSF Department of Urology Residency Program has the option to focus on oncology. See website for more information.
  • Urology Department Resident Mentoring Program - All residents are assigned a mentor when they enter the program. Then, in years R3 or R4, they choose another mentor to advice them specifically on their career goals. Events, called "Mentor Colleges" are held throughout the year covering topics such as negotiation, work/life balance and given/receiving feedback. For more information contact the Urology Resident Program.

Graduate/Undergraduate/High School Students

Funding Opportunities

Tobacco Control

Global Cancer Program

Reoccurring educational programs/meetings

  • Lecture Series – Seminars focus on global cancer control in low- and middle-income countries
  • Global Cancer Interest Group - FLGC is a mentoring and career development seminar open to trainees (premed to fellow) or junior faculty with interests in global cancer control.  You need not have a UCSF affiliation to attend. The group meets monthly with faculty mentors to review works in progress and to discuss career development in the emerging field of global cancer
  • Cancer Research Training in Tanzania – A collaboration between UCSF and the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences to train Tanzanian health professionals to pursue research careers focused on cancer

Fellowships/Postdocs/Residency