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The Division of Family Medicine is creating one of the core courses for the new Bachelors of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree program for UCSD undergrads. The course (FPMU 50) explores historical and current interactions and achievements and challenges of primary care and public health. It will analyze the impact of common medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, mental health disorders and other disorders on individual, their families and society.

Medical School

The Division of Family Medicine is extensively involved with Medical Student Education throughout the four years of the medical school curriculum. Dr. Ellen Beck is the Director of Medical Student Education for the DFM. For more details about these teaching efforts click on the following links.


The Division operates three different ACGME-approved residency programs and a 4-year combined Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine option. The UCSD Family Medicine Residency is located primarily at the UCSD Medical Center but with several rotations in other sites throughout San Diego. The Scripps FM Residency is located in Chula Vista at the Scripps Hospital and at the San Ysidro Health Center. The Combined FM and Psychiatry Residency is located at the St. Vincent de Paul Village Living Community with rotations similar to the UCSD FM Residency. The Combined FM and Preventive Medicine option is a 4-year combined program leading to an MPH degree and dual board certification.

Fellowships and Faculty Development Program

The DFM has offered an ACGME-accredited advanced certification fellowship program in Sports Medicine for the past 20 years with over 40 graduates. The fellowship takes 2-3 fellows each year.

DFM also offers a fellowship in underserved healthcare and two national faculty development programs in underserved healthcare.

Please contact Ellen Beck, MD

Community Education

The DFM contributes to the education of the wider physician community in San Diego as well as to the public at large. The PACE Program is devoted to assisting physicians who have encountered problems in practice and are in need of further assessment and/or education to correct practice deficiencies. It is the largest program of its kind in North America.
The UCSD CIM was started in 2010 and has developed substantial programming for San Diego practitioners of Integrative Medicine and for the general public. The goal of the CIM is to change the way medicine is practiced and taught by integrating complementary and integrative approaches with the highest quality allopathic care UCSD already delivers.