LIFT Program Provides Medical Students Interested In Urology With An Intensive One-Year Research Experience

By Dr. Samir Desai

The Department of Urology at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine is offering up to two medical students the opportunity to participate in the Leadership and Innovation Fellowship Training (LIFT) Program. During this one-year program, students can immerse themselves in basic science, translational, and clinical research projects. You do not have to be a medical student at the University of California Irvine to be eligible for this fellowship program.

The program allows fellows to work closely with faculty mentors. The faculty support and training help students develop skills needed to become future innovative leaders in the field. Fellows are responsible for carrying out projects from beginning to end under the supervision of mentors, and publish/present research in journals and at conferences.

In reviewing the accomplishments of past fellows, it is clear that this fellowship program has a lot to offer. Below is a brief description of what recent fellows have accomplished:

Philip Bucur

  • Initiated and led prospective trial
  • Received two research grants from the Foundation for the Advancement of Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Co-founded Department of Urology Summer Surgery Program for high school students
  • Presented research at 2013 annual AUA conference

Ashleigh Menhadji

  • Research published in Urology Gold Journal and Journal of Endourology
  • Research presented at 2013 World Congress of Endourology
  • Presented paper on resident education and surgical training at 2013 AUA annual meeting.


The application deadline is February 15, 2015.

The Joseph & Carol Reich Leadership & Innovation Fellowship Training (LIFT) Program in Urology