Rachel Dirks, PhD
Clinical Research Specialist, Trauma Program
UCSF Fresno Center for Medical Education and Research
Although the clinical care and didactic instruction are the backbone of this experience, the Fellow concurrently participates in research and administrative activities. The Fellow is expected to take advantage of the wealth of clinical and trauma registry data available for clinical research. Facilities and opportunities for laboratory investigations are also available. In addition, the ACS & SCC Fellows are specifically involved in graduate (housestaff) and undergraduate (medical student) medical education. It is anticipated that this fellowship experience will result in a well-rounded surgeon who has the tools for leadership positions in Surgical Critical Care & Acute Care Surgery and who has learned to function in an intensive care unit (ICU), providing quality and effective care. Fellows are required to undertake a fully mentored, high quality research projects to be presented in major scientific meetings and published in major medical journals each year. Every year, the fellows are also encouraged to attend American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Annual Conference, in addition to attending the Advance Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma course.
The fellows will have the ability to work closely with the Trauma Program and Department of Surgery Clinical Research Specialist, Rachel Dirks, PhD. Dr. Dirks assists in the preparation of study proposals and Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications, monitors compliance of studies, coordinates with Trauma Program staff to retrieve data from the Trauma Registry as necessary for study completion, performs statistical analysis of data, and assists in the preparation of abstracts and manuscripts for presentation and publication.