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Thank you for your interest in the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program!  We are thrilled you are interested in our program and subspecialty.  Please review the following information in entirety and reach out with any questions.   

All fellowship positions are filled through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). Applications for fellowship are received to our program through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) beginning August 12, 2020, for the 2021 fellowship appointment, with training starting on July 1, 2021. Complete applications are reviewed, and eligible candidates are contacted directly to schedule an interview with the program. Interview invitations are offered on a rolling basis during the application process from late-August through October.

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interviews will be conducted virtually via Zoom during the 2020 recruitment season.  Our program will prepare a unique half-day itinerary for each candidate, with their specific interests in mind, which includes opportunities to meet virtually with faculty members and current fellows.

Please also be aware that our program has two training tracks, each with unique NRMP program codes.  If you are invited to interview and subsequently rank our program, please note the following codes.

  • 2-year Clinician-Educator Leadership Track - 1049146F1
  • 3-year Research Track -  1049146F0

In accordance with NRMP regulations, applicants are invited to visit the UCSD Office of Graduate Medical Education website to view the following documents: 

  • Terms and Conditions of Appointment (2021/22)
  • Sample Appointment Letter (2021/22)
  • Resident Physician Position Description (2021/22)
  • House Officer Salary Scales (2020/21; 2021/22 scales pending)
  • Description of Benefits

Prior to Your Interview Day

If you are selected to interview with our program, you will recieve notification via email.  Prior to your interview day, please review the following.  We look forward to meeting with you.

We are here to help!  Please reach out to Meredith Lococo ( with any questions prior to your interview day with UCSD.


Statement on Diversity

Our program values diversity and strives to create a diverse educational environment within the ID/GPH Division.  We strongly encourage applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds to apply to our fellowship program.

Required Documentation

A complete application with the following documents are required through ERAS:

  • ERAS Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Letter(s) of Recommendation (LoRs)
  • USMLE Transcript (optional)
  • COMLEX-USA Transcript (optional)
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE or “Dean’s Letter”)
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Photo (optional)
To be invited for interview, International Medical Graduates will need to provide the following in additional documentation: 

  • ECFMG Status Report 
  • Permanent Resident Status 

Eligibility Requirements

Fellows in the 3-year ID Research Track are supported on an institutional training grant (T32) from the National Institutes of Health. Therefore, to be eligible for a slot on this grant, applicants must be a citizen of the United States or be designated a permanent resident (have a Green Card).  If you are a fellow in the 2-year Clinician Educator Track this does not apply.

Contact Information

Program Director: Constance Benson, M.D.
Associate Program Director: Darcy Wooten, M.D.
Program Coordinator: Meredith Lococo


Please contact Meredith Lococo at: 
Phone: (858) 822-4995