Clinical and Research Fellowships

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. Our program goal is to train physicians interested in developing an academic Infectious Diseases career focused on teaching, research, and patient care in this critically important discipline. The program comprises 4 training slots per year and fellows who join the program are expected to complete a total duration of three years of fellowship training. The first year is primarily a clinical year that encompasses monthly rotations on the inpatient ID consultation services at one of three primary teaching hospitals: the UCSD Hillcrest Medical Center; the UCSD Thornton/Sulpizio/Jacobs Medical Center, and; the San Diego Veteran's Affair's Medical Center. The clinical year also includes rotations on a specialized Solid Organ Transplant ID consult service and the HIV Medicine consult service. Didactic and experiential training in clinical microbiology is accomplished through "Micro Rounds" held for one hour three days per week during in-patient consult service rotations. Fellows interested in more in depth Microbiology Laboratory training may complete an elective rotation in the Microbiology Laboratory in their second year. Fellows also attend outpatient ID clinics for one half-day per week at each of the three major teaching hospitals during their clinical year, as well as a one half-day per week outpatient HIV Continuity Clinic in their second and third year of training. HIV Continuity Clinics may be scheduled at the Owen Clinic or at the VAMC Special ID Clinic. All clinical training activities are directly supervised by ID and HIV Medicine trained faculty. Although most of the clinical training is completed in the first year, second and third year fellows are assigned an additional 5-6 weeks per year of clinical training experiences on the inpatient consultation services, in addition to their HIV Continuity Clinics.​ The second and third years of ID fellowship training are focused primarily on didactic and mentored research training; each fellow is matched to faculty research mentor(s) of his/her choice and works closely with his/her mentor(s) to develop capabilities to pursue independent academic careers. The UCSD ID Division has over 40 full time faculty members working in a wide range of areas including HIV (epidemiology/public health, clinical translational and basic science-based research); opportunistic infectious related to HIV or other immunosuppressive disorders; tuberculosis; other viral diseases such as influenza, hepatitis B and C, and emerging viral pathogens (Zika, Ebola, Lassa Fever); microbial pathogenesis; international/global health medicine; parasitology and tropical diseases, etc. with grant and contract support from the NIH (including T32 Training Grant support), CDC, HRSA, State of California, industry and philanthropic sources. Research training is generally organized within six tracks:

  • Basic Science
  • Clinical and Translational Research
  • International/Global Public Health
  • HIV Medicine
  • Transplant ID
  • Infection Prevention & Clinical Epidemiology

Flexibility is encouraged and many of our successful trainees have combined projects and mentors from each of these tracks. Within these tracks, the emphasis can be on U.S.-based or International research activities. T32 Training Grant support affords the flexibility for interested fellows to also pursue mentored research training with affiliated faculty from divisions or departments outside of the ID Division or other UCSD-affiliated research institutions such as Scripps Research Institute, the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, and La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, among others. The Program works assiduously to ensure that fellows are successful in pursuing the type of academic career they desire. Fellows making progress through their third year of fellowship but who desire to stay on beyond the third year to complete projects, work on securing grant support, or to complete additional didactic and experiential training are encouraged to do so at the discretion of their mentor(s) as divisional resources allow. For further information or any questions related to the fellowship, please contact Dr. Constance Benson, the Program Director (cbenson@ucsd.edu; 619-543-8080) or Meredith Lococo, the Program Coordinator (melococo@ucsd.edu; 858-822-4995).


CREST (Clinical Research Enhancement through Supplemental Training) Program. This program provides rigorous training in the methodologies of patient-oriented research through graduate level courses in related fields such as epidemiology, biostatistics, and clinical trials and can lead to a Masters of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research degree. Fellows will participate directly in one or more clinical trials. Fellows who choose to do laboratory research will usually also enroll in one or more graduate courses at UCSD in molecular biology, pathogenesis of infectious diseases, virology, or immunology, depending on their research projects and intellectual interests.