Curriculum

Intern (Resident Physician Level 1)

  • 4-5 months on general medicine wards at the UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest and the VA San Diego Healthcare System
  • 2 months on ICU/CCU
  • 2 weeks of emergency medicine 
  • 2 weeks dedicated women's health rotation (for categorical and research interns)
  • 1 month on night wards
  • 2-3 months on ambulatory care rotations or consult rotations
  • 4 weeks of vacation

Junior Resident (Resident Physician Level 2)

  • 2 months on general medicine wards as the team leader
  • 2 months on ICU/CCU as the team leader
  • 2-3 months on ambulatory care rotations  
  • 2-month research block - optional, under the supervision of research mentor
  • 2-4 months on elective consults including cardiology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, nephrology-hypertension, pulmonary, hematology-oncology and allergy/immunology
  • 4 weeks of vacation

Senior Resident (Resident Physician Level 3)

  • 2 months on general medicine wards as the team leader
  • 1-2 months on ICU/CCU as the team leader
  • 3-5 months on ambulatory care rotations
  • 2 weeks on outpatient neurology
  • 2 weeks on geriatric medicine
  • 2 weeks of emergency medicine
  • 4 weeks of vacation

Chief Medical Residents (Resident Physician Level 4)

There are five chief medical residents each year, actively involved in resident and medical student teaching, inpatient and outpatient conferences, designing curriculum and simulation workshops. The chiefs act as resident advocates and serve as the first-line resource for communications between residents and program leadership. They also rotate as teaching ward attendings 4 weeks out of the year. The residency program financially supports all chiefs to attend the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM) conference for leadership training and to exchange ideas with chief residents across the country. Additionally, a VA Chief Resident in Quality and Patient Safety (CRQS) position has been added. This chief participates in QI at the VA in addition to resident teaching.