Program Description

The UCSF-Genentech Clinical Development Fellowship Program partners two leaders in academia and biotechnology to provide an immersive, innovative, mentored, two-year experience that combines academic clinical investigation with pharmaceutical industry training for PharmDs in their early postdoctoral years. The objective of this program is to better prepare pharmacists to properly conduct clinical trials, perform safety surveillance and risk management, develop research methodologies, and manage scientific and ethical issues in research and drug development.

Fellows will work with research and clinical faculty at UCSF—a world-renowned teaching institution that focuses on the health science. They will participate in clinical research, patient care, learn via interdisciplinary didactics, and present and publish results of scholarly work.

In partnership with Genentech, a leading biotechnology company in serious or life-threatening medical conditions, fellows will gain experience in clinical development and build core competencies in clinical and safety sciences that will prepare them for an exciting career in the biotechnology​​/​​pharmaceutical industry.

Genentech training (~3-4 days/week)

  • Immersion in safety science (50%) and clinical science (50%)

  • Attendance at oncology focused professional conferences

UCSF training (1-2 days/week)

  • Mentored experience in clinical investigational drug services, with preceptorship duties during 2nd year of fellowship

  • Formal training in designing clinical research and the responsible conduct of research

  • Weekly seminars on principles of clinical pharmacology, collaborative, basic, and clinical research, or special topics in oncology

  • Teaching pharmacy students in small group facilitation, large group didactics, and OSCE examinations

Other program features and details

  • Individualized training plan and multiple mentors to support you through your fellowship

  • Leadership and skills development workshops alongside other Genentech fellows, UCSF fellows, and UCSF pharmacy residents

Training and licensure requirements

  • PharmDs must obtain licensure in California prior to 10/31/2023, but are encouraged to obtain licensure shortly after graduation in order to be able to fully serve on clinical service.

  • While residency training is not required to apply to this program, post-graduate training and experiences will be considered when candidates are reviewed.


July 1, 2023 Application filing period opens
October 2, 2023 Application filing period closes
Oct-Nov 2023 Applications reviewed and interviews conducted
Nov-Dec 2023 Recipients notified
July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2026 Fellowship period

How to Apply

Interested applicants must complete the UCSF School of Pharmacy's Centralized Fellowship Application Form, which will allow you to submit one application for multiple fellowship programs under the UCSF School of Pharmacy:

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Please be prepared to:

  1. Enter your personal information.
  2. Enter your Statement of Interest (1000 word max).
  3. Upload a PDF of your CV (5 pages max).
  4. Upload a single PDF of your professional/graduate school transcripts (unofficial ok).
  5. Confirm that you have requested Letters of Recommendation from three individuals.
  6. Provide the names and contact information for your three letter writers.

Learn more

We will be hosting informational webinars on the following dates. Please allow adequate time to connect to the Zoom platform. These webinars will not be recorded. We recommend attending the webinars to hear answers to common questions and to connect with current/former fellows.

Friday 07/14/23 9:15 am – 10:00 am (Pacific Standard Time)/ 12:15 pm (EST)

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Meeting ID & Password

Meeting ID: 979 3271 8414; Password: 654357

Friday 08/18/23 12:15 pm-1:00 pm (Pacific Standard Time)

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Meeting ID

Meeting ID: 952 5040 9149; Password: 245540

Thursday 09/14/23 10:15 am-11:00 am (Pacific Standard Time)/ 12:15 pm (CST)

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Meeting ID

Meeting ID: 928 4129 8102; Password: 763734



Leslie Carstensen Floren, PharmD, PhD, MA

Associate Dean of Fellowships

Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

Department of Clinical Pharmacy

UCSF School of Pharmacy

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Jennifer Cocohoba, PharmD, MAS

Professor of Clinical Pharmacy

Department of Clinical Pharmacy

UCSF School of Pharmacy

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Brian Simmons, PharmD, MS


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Cathy Littman, PharmD


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