Training Tracks


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Categorical Medicine Track

The categorical or "traditional" pathway is a three-year program leading to Board eligibility upon completion. This pathway prepares residents to assume diverse roles ranging from private practice in general internal medicine to further training as a clinical or research fellow.

The center of the categorical track is our core curriculum of inpatient and outpatient general internal medicine rotations. These core experiences are supported by electives in a variety of subspecialty disciplines. Residents with further interest in research are able to utilize elective time to undertake research projects under the mentorship of faculty. Current Department of Medicine research focus areas and major projects are described here.

Contact:

Program Director: Simerjot Jassal, MD

Program Administrator: Anne Bamrick-Rosenblatt

Physician-Scientist Training Pathway (Research Track)

The Physician-Scientist Training Pathway (PSTP) is for applicants who already have an interest in either clinical sciences or basic science research. This pathway is best suited to graduates with an established interest in basic science research, and provides rigorous training in both clinical medicine and biological science. Often, residents opt to combine their research experience with subsequent clinical subspecialty fellowship training, satisfying both research residency requirements and requirements for subspecialty board certification. Alternatively, some may opt to perform subspecialty clinical training prior to beginning their postdoctoral research studies.

The clinical portion of the program consists of two years in the categorical medicine track. 

The research portion of the program consists of mentored research training for three or more years in a variety of premiere laboratories at either the University or affiliates in the biomedical community, including the Sanford-Burnham Institute, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology.  Current Department of Medicine research focus areas and major projects are described here.

During research training, candidates maintain a weekly half-day general medicine or subspecialty continuity clinic. In this pathway, residents are first eligible for certification in internal medicine during their PGY-4 year, and subspecialty examination during their PGY-6 or PGY-7 year, depending upon the subspecialty.  Refer to the American Board of Internal Medicine research pathway certification policies and requirements here.

For specific questions contact the program director, Gerry Boss, MD.

Primary Care Pathway

The primary care block is a rotation designed specifically for the residents in the UCSD Internal Medicine Primary Care Pathway.  Residents in the Pathway will spend three, 2-week rotations on this block annually.  Each block will consist of a mix of continuity clinics, subspecialty clinics, a primary care academic half-day, and unique clinical and educational opportunities.  Preferences for the rotation will be solicited prior to the creation of the schedules in order to customize the rotation based on each resident's interests and career goals.  Residents will have a second subspecialty continuity clinic that they will attend weekly while on primary care blocks throughout the year. The field is selected by the resident and the preceptor is hand-selected by the Pathway director.  Subspecialty clinics are selected with an emphasis on learning aspects of the specialty that are most useful for a future generalist.  Special events for primary care residents are scheduled during these blocks, including panels on research opportunities in general medicine, career panels, and individualized preparation for the job search process.

Each week of the rotation will include the following:

  •  3-4 continuity clinics
  • 1 subspecialty continuity clinic
  • additional subspecialty clinic electives
  • 1 primary care academic half-day
  • Time for research, patient follow-up, and PDSAs
  • Site visit to a unique model of primary care delivery
  • Primary care morning report
  • Participation in regular Friday-school didactics

Sample Weekly Schedule



Due to the customized nature of this rotation, clinic locations vary and specific schedules and contact information will be provided to each resident prior to the beginning of the rotation.
 
If you are interested in this rotation or in applying to the UCSD Internal Medicine Primary Care Pathway, please contact: Stacy Charat, Primary Care Pathway Director, scharat@ucsd.edu
 

Educational Objectives

  • Function effectively in high-quality primary care clinical environments and relevant subspecialty ambulatory clinics:
    • Understand the recommendations for adult preventive care and how to apply them to individual patients
    • Develop skills in the evaluation of acute primary care problems
    • Develop skills in the ongoing assessment and management of chronic ambulatory diseases
    • Develop skills in delivering team-based, cost-effective, and efficient care in the ambulatory setting.
    • Develop skills to work effectively with specialists, including initiating diagnostic testing and therapeutic interventions, and appreciating appropriate referral criteria
  • Participate in a formal curriculum of didactics on primary care topics including clinical topics, the business of medicine,
  • Participate in job exploration activities and individual mentoring in the job search process
 

Resident Continuity Clinic

You will attend your continuity clinic three to four times weekly during this rotation, based on the schedule listed on AMION.
 

Evaluations

The Primary Care Pathway Director will send evaluations to be completed at the end of the rotation regarding specific rotations events, as well as the residency evaluation required for all rotations.
 

Required On-Call Responsibilities

There are no scheduled after-hours on-call during this rotation. 


Preliminary Medicine Track

The Preliminary Medicine pathway is a one-year internship designed for resident applicants who are interested in obtaining a basic understanding of internal medicine in preparation for further training in a non-internal medicine field. Trainees in the Preliminary Medicine pathway will have an experience identical to that of the other categorical or research interns with whom they will be working, with the exception that they will not be required to have a continuity clinic.

Contact:

Program Director: Simerjot Jassal, MD

Program Administrator: Anne Bamrick-Rosenblatt

Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Track

UC San Diego is also excited to offer training in our Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program. The goal of this residency program is to ensure comprehensive training in both internal medicine and pediatrics. Graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge to enter either clinical or academic careers in primary care or subspecialty training.

The program's strength lies in the long-established academic and clinical expertise of both parent departments, Medicine and Pediatrics. Our program offers an equally exciting and diverse academic training environment dedicated to combined medicine and pediatric training which is provided through multiple state-of-the-art training facilities including the freestanding Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego.

Combined training at UC San Diego includes a total of 48 months of rotationsequally divided between internal medicine and pediatrics. Residents rotate every three months between the two departments over their four years of training. There are a total of 16 residents in the Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program; 4 residents per postgraduate year of training.

Contact:

Program Director:  Lori Wan, MD

Program Coordinator:  Heejin Kim

Categorical Anesthesiology Track

We are excited to be joining 6 UC San Diego Internal Medicine Preliminary Internship positions with the UC San Diego Anesthesiology training program. These positions will be linked directly in the NRMP for this year's match either as a joint Advanced/Preliminary program match choice or as a categorical anesthesiology program depending upon the timing of final ACGME approval. The remainder of our Internal Medicine Preliminary Internship positions will continue to be available to outstanding applicants pursuing training in a wide variety of residencies requiring preliminary internship training.

Contact:
            Ms. Karen Huynh BA
            Anesthesiology Residency Coordinator
            Phone:  (619) 543-5297
            Email:  anesthesiaresidency@ucsd.edu
            Website: http://anesthesia.ucsd.edu

Resident as Clinician Educator (RACE) Track

Coming soon!