The UCSD Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program is an ACGME-accredited program designed to train physicians in the subspecialty of Infectious Diseases and fulfills all ACGME requirements for accreditation and all American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) requirements for Board Eligibility in Infectious Diseases.
We offer didactic and experiential learning through three tracks:
- Clinical Educator (2 years): This track is ideal for those interested in pursuing a career with a clinical, education and/or leadership focus.
- Research (3 years): This track is ideal for those interested in pursuing a research career (including basic, translational, clinical, epidemiology and/or global health research).
- Combined Adult/Peds fellowship (4 years): Fellows spend one year doing adult ID clinical training, one year doing pediatric clinical ID training, and two years doing research. This track is not available in 2023.
The fellowship training experience is a minimum of two years. For both tracks, the focus of year one is clinical training, during which fellows will participate in direct patient care and educational experiences. Years two and beyond are focused on mentored research activities and training. Fellows also rotate through different outpatient ID clinics at each of the three major teaching hospitals during their clinical year and are assigned to a one half-day per week of outpatient HIV Continuity Clinic in their second and third year (if applicable) of training. While ACGME and ABIM requirements are met in the first two years, fellows in the research track complete at least an additional year.
The program provides a variety of complimentary educational experiences to enhance fellows' experiential learning on the clinical services. ID Grand Rounds take place Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 and includes case conferences, research talks, journal clubs, patient safety conferences, and outside speakers. Fellows also attend weekly HIV and Global Health (HIGH) Rounds on Friday mornings. There are a number of additional conferences fellows have the option to attend including HIV Resistance Rounds, HIV Clinic Conference, HIV and Substance Use conference, and the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) conferences.
Career and research mentoring are a core component of our fellowship. All incoming fellows are assigned a career mentor and a "mentoring family" which includes a fellow from each cohort. Mentoring families meet periodically throughout the year for more informal mentoring, networking, and fun with their co-fellows. The program directors of the fellowship meet with fellows frequently as a group and one-on-one throughout the fellowship to ensure that fellows are thriving and on the best path towards achieving their career goals. Fellows in the Research Track meet twice a year with the Research Guidance Committee to receive feedback on their research and guidance on their career development.