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. The program comprises 4 training slots per year devoted to either a Clinician Educator Track (one slot) or an ID Research Track (3 slots).
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 UC San Diego Health Hillcrest Medical Center; the UC San Diego Health Jacobs/Thornton/Sulpizio Medical Center, and; the San Diego Veteran's Affair's Medical Center. The clinical year also includes rotations on our specialized Solid Organ Transplant ID consult service and the inpatient 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 and a 2-week intensive Microbiology Laboratory rotation. Fellows also attend outpatient ID clinics for one half-day per week at each of the three major teaching hospitals during their clinical year and are assigned to a one half-day per week outpatient HIV Continuity Clinic in their second and third year (if applicable) of training. HIV Continuity Clinics may be scheduled at the UC San Diego Health 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 4-6 weeks per year of clinical training experiences on the inpatient consultation services, in addition to their HIV Continuity Clinics.
The second and third years (as applicable) of ID fellowship training are focused primarily on advanced clinical training in a focused area or didactic and mentored research training. Each fellow is matched to faculty mentor(s) of his/her choice and works closely with his/her mentor(s) to develop capabilities to pursue independent academic careers as either clinician educators or in ID research and academic practice. The UCSD Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health has over 50 full time faculty working in a wide range of areas including HIV (clinical practice, epidemiology/public health, clinical translational and basic science-based research); opportunistic infectious related to HIV or other immunosuppressive disorders; tuberculosis and other mycobacterial pathogens; other viral diseases such as influenza, hepatitis B and C, and emerging viral pathogens (SARS-CoV-2/Covid-19; Zika, Ebola, Lassa Fever); microbial pathogenesis; international/global health medicine; parasitology and tropical diseases, bacteriophage biology and adjunctive phage therapy for multidrug resistant infections, and other related areas.
The Division is equipped with extensive grant and contract support from the NIH (including T32 Training Grant support), CDC, HRSA, State of California, industry and philanthropic sources. Clinical and research training is generally organized within seven pathways, acknowledging that fellows and their mentor(s) may forge individual career development plans that overlap within 2 or more of these pathways:
- Clinician Educator
- HIV Medicine
- Transplant ID
- Infection Prevention & Clinical Epidemiology
- Basic Laboratory-Oriented Research
- Clinical and Translational Patient-Oriented Research
- International/Global Public Health and Public Health Epidemiology
Flexibility is encouraged and many of our successful trainees have combined projects and mentors from more than one of these pathways, and may focus their efforts on U.S.-based or International scholarly or 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 GPH 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 in an ID research track 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org); 619-543-8080), Dr. Darcy Wooten, the Associate Program Director (email@example.com); 619-543-6146 or 3995) or Meredith Lococo, the Program Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org); 858-822-4995).
Supplemental Didactic Research Training
CREST (Clinical Research Enhancement through Supplemental Training) Program. This program is an NIH-sponsored K30 program that 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 may participate directly in one or more clinical trials. Fellows who choose to focus on laboratory research training may also enroll in one or more graduate courses at UCSD in molecular biology, pathogenesis of infectious diseases, virology, immunology, or others depending on their research projects and intellectual interests.