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Frequently Asked Questions

I am an applicant to the fellowship program. What are the NRMP Program Codes needed to submit my Rank Order List?

  • Our fellowship program has two training tracks, each with unique NRMP program codes.  If you are invited to interview and subsequently rank our program, you will need to rank either (or both) of the following tracks, depending on your interest and career pathway.
    • 2-year Clinician-Educator Leadership Track- 1049146F1
    • 3-year Research Track- 1049146F0

Does the program support J or H visas?

  • Unfortunately our program is partially supported through several NIH Training Grants, therefore, we cannot offer a position to any person who is not a US Citizen or US Permanent Resident. 

How is weekend call coverage determined?

  • Fellows have one weekend day off each week.  The Attending on service covers the patients and the pager on the fellow's day off.  Fellows arrange which weekend day they take off with their Attending on a weekly basis.  Fellows can opt to work both weekend days one week and have a "golden weekend" off the following week but this must be approved by the Attending on service. 

How are evenings covered?

  • Our fellows do not take in-house call. All evening/overnight call is pager or phone call from home. After hours starts at 9pm.  Approval for restricted antimicrobials is not required between the hours of 9pm and 7am; this minimizes the number of after hour pages for our fellows.  Fellows are responsible for answering pages overnight for urgent ID questions and the Attending on service is always available overnight to assist the fellow with questions.  The number of overnight pages ranges from 0 to 3.  It is exceedingly rare that a fellow would need to go into the hospital overnight. 

How does vacation work?

  • Our institution provides a total of 20 business days of vacation per year for all fellows. To allow fairness among the first-year fellows, vacation during winter holidays (November, December, January) and the last week of the year are generally not permitted (since only one fellow is granted vacation at any given time) although exceptions may be discussed with the Program Directors. First year clinical fellows are allotted 3-4 days of leave around in-training and board exam dates. Senior fellows are also allotted up to one week of leave to attend conferences.

What type of mentorship does the program offer?

  • First year fellows are assigned a "career mentor" upon entry into the program.  This mentor provides guidance during the first year of fellowship, ensuring that the fellow is meeting clinical milestones and adjusting to fellowship. This mentor also explores career and research areas of interest and introduces the fellow to potential research mentors.
  • First year fellows are encouraged (and have time blocked) to meet with potential research and clinical mentors during their first year of fellowship.  Fellows meet with the PD, APD, and their career mentor to identify a primary research and/or clinical mentor with whom they will conduct their research or extended clinical subspecialty training during their second and third years of fellowship.  Research mentors do not have to be the ID/GPH division and we encourage fellows to connect with faculty most suited to his/her research interests, even if outside the ID division. 
  • Fellows are also assigned to "peer mentoring families."  These are groups of fellows (one fellow from each class) who meet three times a year to provide near-peer mentoring and social support.

I'm interested in many research topics.  Do I need to know which area I want to focus my career on before the fellowship interview?

  • Infectious Diseases encompasses a vast array of topical areas of interest and we're happy to help you develop in the area of most interest to you. 

I'm not sure if I'm more interested in the clinician educator or the research pathway.  When do I need to decide, and can I apply to both?

  • The clinician educator and research pathways are two separate tracks within the fellowship program.  Fellows can apply to one of the pathways or both, based on their interests.
  • Once a fellow has matched into a pathway (clinician educator or research) they cannot change to a different track.

I am a Med/Peds resident and am interested in completing both an Adult ID and Peds ID fellowship.  Is this possible at UCSD?

  • YES! We have completed a formal combined Adult/Peds ID fellowship program that spans the course of four years and satisfies ACGME requirements for both Adult and Peds ID fellowship.

Can I moonlight during fellowship?

  • Fellows in their first clinical year are not able to moonlight as this may result in a violation of work hour rules. During the 2nd and 3rd years, moonlighting is allowed within reason, and it must be approved by the Program Director and Associate Director

 Do we get to hang out/see our Co-Fellows?

  • In non-pandemic times fellows would hang out after Thursday conference as their schedules allowed and on weekends, fellows frequently get together and enjoy sunny San Diego and its surroundings. The program is supportive of physically distanced activities that encourage bonding and promote Zoom happy hours as well. 

 Can I go surfing while on call?

  • Make sure to secure your pager in a ziplock bag!

If you have additional questions about our training program, please reach out to the Program Coordinator, Meredith Lococo (melococo@health.ucsd.edu).