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.


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 Pathway is a new program within the UC San Diego Internal Medicine Residency Program. This pathway is for residents that have matched into the traditional “Categorical” program and have a specific interest in pursuing a career in primary care. Residents may opt in to the Primary Care Pathway during their second or third year of residency.

The goal of this pathway is to prepare residents for a career in primary care by optimizing their clinical experience to promote excellence in ambulatory medicine. This is accomplished through participation in core ambulatory rotations combined with individualized selection of additional elective ambulatory subspecialties, thereby enabling participants to increase exposure and knowledge in fields relevant to outpatient care.

Participating residents will contribute to outpatient morning conferences, learn about the business of medicine and form relationships with mentors in a variety of primary care settings. During the second and third years of residency, participants in the Primary Care Pathway may have the opportunity to do more outpatient rotations as compared to those in the traditional track.

For answers to specific questions, please contact Primary Care Program Director Stacy Charat, MD, or Program Administrator Anne Bamrick-Rosenblatt.

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.


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.


Program Director:  Lori Wan, MD

Program Coordinator:  Heejin Kim