Admission Overview

Application Process

Applicants to the fellowship program are expected to have completed a three-year ACGME accredited internal medicine program prior to starting their fellowship training. Some uniquely qualified individuals may be accepted after two years of residency training, typically in coordination with a Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP). 

Foreign medical school graduates with ECFMG, VQE, or Flex certificates may be considered, if under permanent resident status. We do not generally accept applicants with H-1B or J-1 visa status because these trainees are not supported by our National Institutes of Health (NIH) training grant. However, please submit your application if you feel it is exceptional. Documentation and proof of visa status are required.

We value diversity and strive to create a diverse educational environment within our division. We encourage applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds. 

Application Submission
We accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

To be considered for a fellowship position, your application must include:
Completed application
Personal statement
Medical school dean’s letter
Minimum of 3 letters of recommendation (one of which from your residency program director)

The ERAS 2021 Fellowship application cycle opens on July 1, 2020 for training that will start on July 1, 2021. We will accept applications until August 15, 2020.  We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible in the application process.

Applicants are invited to visit our OGME website to view:
Terms and Conditions of Appointment to UCSD GME Training Programs 
Policies: The House Officer Policy and Procedure (HOPPD) and GME Academic Policies, Procedures                and Guidelines 

Interview invitations are offered on a rolling basis during the application process. Interviews are conducted between late August and early October. Interview dates will be offered to those applicants invited for an interview and are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. 

The interview day will consist of Grand Rounds, a program overview, interviews, a tour, and multiple opportunities to visit with faculty and current fellows in the program.  

The Match
Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine.  Our program reference number is 1049156F0.

For the ERAS 2021 application cycle for training that will begin in July 2021, we will be accepting 6 incoming fellows through the match. 

Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Applicants
Our program does offer a training opportunity for critical care medicine fellowship applicants. Critical care medicine fellowship positions are only offered during some application cycles. Applicants to this track most commonly have already completed an internal medicine subspecialty fellowship or an emergency medicine residency program and are in search of additional critical care medicine training. This is a 2-year training program. 

When offered, these applications are considered through the ERAS application process and the NRMP match under the same program reference number as the pulmonary/critical care medicine program: 1049156F0.

Unfortunately, for the ERAS 2021 application cycle with training beginning in July 2021, we will not be offering a critical care medicine fellowship position through the match process. 

Military Applicants
Our program does accept applicants from the military interested in joining a civilian fellowship training program in Pulmonary/Critical Care, Critical Care, or Pulmonary Medicine. If you are in the military and are either approved or anticipate approval for civilian training, please contact us and inquire about additional details early in the application process.  

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine is a rewarding and exciting subspecialty.  Thank you for your interest in our program and we wish you nothing but the utmost success in your endeavors!