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Director's Welcome

Constance Benson, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Vice Chair for Education and ID Training Program Director
Director, AntiViral Research Center
Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health


Welcome to our website and our program. Our program continues to evolve in response to fellow and faculty feedback and suggestions. We currently offer a 2-year Clinician Educator fellowship track and a 3-year ID Research fellowship track with an emphasis in the second and third years (if applicable) of training on advanced clinical and scholarly training and laboratory or patient-oriented research. Our principal mission is to prepare our fellows for continuing careers in academic infectious disease practice. 

All fellows complete one full year of clinical training in general infectious diseases followed by advanced clinical and research training in a primary field of infectious diseases focused on each fellow's own career interests. Fellows do their advanced clinical or research training with a mentor or co-mentors selected from among our highly expert and diverse faculty. 

Fellows interested in an academic clinician educator career have the opportunity to work with nationally recognized subspecialty clinician educators in our Division to hone their skills and to work with clinical or research mentors on scholarly projects aimed at furthering their career development as educators. Fellows interested in academic careers in patient-oriented research have the opportunity to complete supplemental didactic coursework in a National Institutes of Health K30-sponsored program with modules covering areas specific to clinical investigation. Fellows interested in academic careers in basic science/laboratory investigation may enroll in supplemental didactic basic science courses within the UC San Diego Graduate school to further their career development.