Research Fellow - LIFT program at University of California, Irvine

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Research Fellow - LIFT program at University of California, Irvine

The Leadership and Innovation Fellowship Training (LIFT) Program Overview

The LIFT program in Urology at the University of California, Irvine is an intensive one-year program that provides up to two medical students with unparalleled training and experience in urologic research.  Students will be able to participate in innovative basic science, translational, and clinical research projects throughout their fellowship year. To facilitate this experience, LIFT fellows are paired with mentors from the Department of Urology’s world-class team of faculty. Additionally, LIFT fellows receive focused training in leadership through the UC Irvine Department of Urology mentorship program. Dr. Jaime Landman Dr. Landman is Chairman of the Department of Urology and Professor of Urology and Radiology at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. He is an internationally recognized expert and has been a visiting professor, lecturer, and given live surgical demonstrations around the world. He has pioneered technology and techniques for minimally invasive management of renal malignancies and has developed novel techniques that are used globally for laparoscopic partial nephrectomy. Dr. Ralph Clayman is world renowned for his expertise in minimally invasive surgery for kidney stone surgery for kidney stone disease, kidney cancer, and strictures of the ureter, and is listed among the Best Doctors in America for urology. He is the author of several textbooks on laparoscopic and percutaneous urologic surgery, and he has published more than 400 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.

The LIFT program assists medical students to take steps towards becoming future innovative leaders in the field of urology. LIFT fellows are responsible for designing and submitting study protocols, preparing abstracts and manuscripts, and presenting their research at regional, national, and international meetings. During their fellowship year, LIFT fellows have the opportunity to attend multiple professional urology conferences, including the Western Section of the AUA meeting and the annual meeting of the AUA. Previous LIFT fellows have averaged a total of six publications during their fellowship year and have had their work featured on the cover of the Journal of Urology.

All LIFT fellows have access to the Department of Urology’s state-of-the-art laboratory and surgical skills center and are encouraged to take advantage of these resources. Some of the simulators and models available for use in the surgical skills lab include a Da Vinci robot, MIMIC robotic simulator, Simbionix LAP mentor, Simbionix URO mentor, Simbionix PERC mentor, several laparoscopic box trainers, pelvic models, ureteroscopy trainers, and iPad-based laparoscopic trainers.

Application Instructions:

Each applicant will need to submit an application cover form (available on this website), statement of purpose, curriculum vitae, proof of current enrollment in medical school, unofficial medical school transcript, unofficial USMLE Step 1 score report, and 1-2 letter(s) of recommendation from faculty members.

Please submit your application in a single combined PDF to either Egor Parkhomenko ( or Michael Owyong (

For further instructions and information please follow the link to our website:

Important Dates:

February 15, 2018:  All application materials are due, no exceptions.  If all materials are not received by this date the application will not be considered for acceptance into the fellowship.

Late February 2018: Interviews of selected applicants will be conducted via teleconference.  Options will be available for in-state applicants to visit UCI for their interview.

March 2018:  Offers of acceptances will be extended to two medical students.  All other applicants will be placed on a wait list.