How to Apply

All applications to the PSTP are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The PSTP at UC San Diego is listed as a separate program through ERAS from that of the Categorical track of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at UC San Diego.  Because the PTSP is highly competitive, applicants may wish to consider an application to the categorical residency in addition to the PSTP.

Application Requirements

All applicants must meet the same requirements as those of the Categorical Track of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at UC San Diego. You may review those requirements on the Internal Medicine Residency Program website​.

Applicants must have an MD or equivalent degree at the time of enrollment in the program. Secondly, they must have had substantive prior training in research.  Examples of such substantive training are an MD, a PhD, or an intensive and productive research experience during or prior to medical school.

High-quality publications, based on the applicant's prior research, are interpreted by the program as a predictor of success, as are strong letters of reference from former research mentors.

Exceptional candidates with less research training who plan on an independent academic career are also encouraged to apply. UC San Diego is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from members of underrepresented minorities.

Additional Requirements*

In addition to the ERAS application, please provide a minimum of one and preferably three letters of support from prior research mentors and senior colleagues.  A letter of reference from the thesis advisor of the MD, PhD candidates is required.

Applicants should also write a supplemental letter detailing their research experience and their reasons for pursuing an investigative path.  In that letter, the applicant should indicate his/her subspecialty interests (if any) and the names of any research scientists with whom he/she would like to meet during the interview process.  The applicant should indicate if he/she desires early admission to a specific subspecialty program.  A general statement of areas of research interest would also be helpful.

You may send this information along with a CV via e-mail (preferred) or postal mail to:

Maria Vileta
Program Coordinator
UC San Diego Physician-Scientist Training Program
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0726
La Jolla, CA 92093-0726

*International medical graduates applying to our program have additional requirements. Please click this link for more information.