Training Tracks

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Categorical Medicine Track

The categorical or "traditional" pathway is a three-year program leading to Board eligibility upon completion. This pathway prepares residents to assume diverse roles ranging from private practice in general internal medicine to further training as a clinical or research fellow.

The center of the categorical track is our core curriculum of inpatient and outpatient general internal medicine rotations. These core experiences are supported by electives in a variety of subspecialty disciplines. Residents with further interest in research are able to utilize elective time to undertake research projects under the mentorship of faculty. Current Department of Medicine research focus areas and major projects are described here.


Program Director: Simerjot Jassal, MD

Program Administrator: Anne Bamrick-Rosenblatt

Physician-Scientist Training Pathway (Research Track)

The Physician-Scientist Training Pathway (PSTP) is for applicants who already have an interest in either clinical sciences or basic science research. This pathway is best suited to graduates with an established interest in basic science research. It provides rigorous training in both clinical medicine and biological science. Often, residents opt to combine their research experience with subsequent clinical subspecialty fellowship training, satisfying both research residency requirements and requirements for subspecialty board certification. Alternatively, some may opt to perform subspecialty clinical training prior to beginning their postdoctoral research studies.

The clinical portion of the program consists of two years in the categorical medicine track.

The research portion of the program consists of mentored research training for three or more years in a variety of premiere laboratories at either the University or affiliates in the biomedical community, including the Sanford-Burnham Institute, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology.  Current Department of Medicine research focus areas and major projects are described here.

During research training, candidates maintain a weekly half-day general medicine or subspecialty continuity clinic. In this pathway, residents are first eligible for certification in internal medicine during their PGY-4 year, and subspecialty examination during their PGY-6 or PGY-7 year, depending upon the subspecialty.  Refer to the American Board of Internal Medicine research pathway certification policies and requirements

For specific questions contact the program director, Dr. Renate Pilz.

Primary Care Pathway

The primary care block is a rotation designed specifically for the residents in the UCSD Internal Medicine Primary Care Pathway.  Residents in the Pathway will spend three, 2-week rotations on this block annually.  Each block will consist of a mix of continuity clinics, subspecialty clinics, a primary care academic half-day, and unique clinical and educational opportunities.  Preferences for the rotation will be solicited prior to the creation of the schedules in order to customize the rotation based on each resident's interests and career goals.  Residents will have a second subspecialty continuity clinic that they will attend weekly while on primary care blocks throughout the year. The field is selected by the resident and the preceptor is hand-selected by the Pathway director.  Subspecialty clinics are selected with an emphasis on learning aspects of the specialty that are most useful for a future generalist.  Special events for primary care residents are scheduled during these blocks, including panels on research opportunities in general medicine, career panels, and individualized preparation for the job search process.

Each week of the rotation will include the following:

  •  3-4 continuity clinics
  • 1 subspecialty continuity clinic
  • additional subspecialty clinic electives
  • 1 primary care academic half-day
  • Time for research, patient follow-up, and PDSAs
  • Site visit to a unique model of primary care delivery
  • Primary care morning report
  • Participation in regular Friday-school didactics

Sample Weekly Schedule

Due to the customized nature of this rotation, clinic locations vary and specific schedules and contact information will be provided to each resident prior to the beginning of the rotation.
If you are interested in this rotation or in applying to the UCSD Internal Medicine Primary Care Pathway, please contact: Stacy Charat, Primary Care Pathway Director,

Educational Objectives

  • Function effectively in high-quality primary care clinical environments and relevant subspecialty ambulatory clinics:
    • Understand the recommendations for adult preventive care and how to apply them to individual patients
    • Develop skills in the evaluation of acute primary care problems
    • Develop skills in the ongoing assessment and management of chronic ambulatory diseases
    • Develop skills in delivering team-based, cost-effective, and efficient care in the ambulatory setting.
    • Develop skills to work effectively with specialists, including initiating diagnostic testing and therapeutic interventions, and appreciating appropriate referral criteria
  • Participate in a formal curriculum of didactics on primary care topics including clinical topics, the business of medicine,
  • Participate in job exploration activities and individual mentoring in the job search process

Resident Continuity Clinic

You will attend your continuity clinic three to four times weekly during this rotation, based on the schedule listed on AMION.


The Primary Care Pathway Director will send evaluations to be completed at the end of the rotation regarding specific rotations events, as well as the residency evaluation required for all rotations.

Required On-Call Responsibilities

There are no scheduled after-hours on-call during this rotation. 

Preliminary Medicine Track

The Preliminary Medicine pathway is a one-year internship designed for resident applicants who are interested in obtaining a basic understanding of internal medicine in preparation for further training in a non-internal medicine field. Trainees in the Preliminary Medicine pathway will have an experience identical to that of the other categorical or research interns with whom they will be working, with the exception that they will not be required to have a continuity clinic.


Program Director: Simerjot Jassal, MD

Program Administrator: Anne Bamrick-Rosenblatt

Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Track

UC San Diego is also excited to offer training in our Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program.  The goal of this residency program is to ensure comprehensive training in both internal medicine and pediatrics. Graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge to enter either clinical or academic careers in primary care or subspecialty training.

The program's strength lies in the long-established academic and clinical expertise of both parent departments, Medicine and Pediatrics. Our program offers an equally exciting and diverse academic training environment dedicated to combined medicine and pediatric training which is provided through multiple state-of-the-art training facilities including the freestanding Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego.

Combined training at UC San Diego includes a total of 48 months of rotations equally divided between internal medicine and pediatrics. Residents rotate every three months between the two departments over their four years of training. There are a total of 16 residents in the Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program; 4 residents per postgraduate year of training.


Program Director:  Lori Wan, MD

Program Coordinator:  Heejin Kim

Categorical Anesthesiology Track

We are excited to be joining 3 UC San Diego Internal Medicine Preliminary Internship positions with the UC San Diego Anesthesiology training program. These positions will be linked directly in the NRMP for this year's match as a joint Advanced/Preliminary program match choice. The remainder of our Internal Medicine Preliminary Internship positions will continue to be available to outstanding applicants pursuing training in a wide variety of residencies requiring preliminary internship training.


            Ms. Karen Huynh BA
            Anesthesiology Residency Coordinator
            Phone:  (619) 543-5297

Resident as Clinician Educator (RACE) Track

Pathway Director: Supraja Thota, M.D.

The University of California San Diego Internal Medicine Residency Program is excited to unveil The RACE Track, our newest pathway for aspiring clinician-educators! Our objective is to ensure trainees interested in careers as academic medical educators are marketable for these positions upon completion of their training. Our 2-year curriculum includes protected time to build and practice teaching skills, design and evaluate curricula, develop administrative and leadership skills, and pursue scholarly projects in medical education. There will be opportunities to work with learners at all levels in multiple settings with direct feedback. Track residents will be paired with a faculty mentor who will oversee their progress while ensuring personal and professional goals are met. 

Teaching Skills

There will be opportunities to teach in multiple settings including: staffing with medical students at our student-run free clinics, teaching at the medical school (Problem Based Learning), teaching medical students rotating through inpatient wards, leading commonly held conferences (e.g. morning report), providing feedback (observing OSCEs), and more. Many of these activities will be under direct supervision by a faculty member or chief medical resident allowing for direct feedback. 

Required Activities

Efforts will be made to schedule track members on outpatient rotations concurrently throughout the year. This will allow us to protect five half-days throughout the year for residents to participate in didactics and workshops together. In additional, a 2-week clinician-educator rotation will be scheduled in the winter to further develop teaching skills and provide opportunities for practical application. 

Curriculum Development

In addition to building and honing teaching skills, we expect track residents to graduate with the ability to design and evaluate a curriculum. Didactics and workshops will be dedicated to this topic and there will be an opportunity to design a Friday School day with a Chief Medical Resident. 

Administrative/Leadership Skills

Positions as an academic clinician-educator naturally includes administrative tasks and leadership skills. Track residents will be encouraged to join a committee of their choosing offered at UCSD to gain insight into budget decisions and policy development and implementation. 

Scholarly Projects

We encourage pursuit of scholarly projects including case vignettes, case reports, case series, book chapters, review articles, and abstracts with the goal of presenting at regional and national meetings. 

Teaching Portfolio

Experiences, acquired skills, and accomplishments while in the pathway will generate a robust portfolio to be regularly updated and presented for review by faculty mentors and the Pathway Director. This will include:

1.      Teaching skills and presentations in various settings

2.      Curriculum development and evaluation

3.      Learner assessment and feedback

4.      Administrative and Leadership Roles

5.      Regional and National Conference participation

6.      Honors and awards


All residents accepted into The RACE Track will be paired with a faculty mentor based on shared professional and project interests. Track members will meet with their assigned mentor and Pathway Director, Dr. Supraja Thota, at least on a semi-annual basis to review their progress and portfolio.

If you have any questions regarding The RACE Track please contact Kevni Eng ( or Supraja Thota (

Applications will be accepted beginning January 2018. More details will be posted at that time. 

Hospital Medicine Pathway

Pathway Director:   Ali Farkhondehpour, MD

Mission Statement:

To provide outstanding training to residents pursuing careers as practitioners, educators, and leaders in hospital medicine


The University of California San Diego is an emerging leader in the field of hospital medicine. The goal of this pathway is to better prepare residents for careers in hospital medicine by implementing a Hospital Medicine Pathway that provides relevant, unique inpatient training, hospital-medicine focused didactics, participation in hospital medicine grand rounds and journal clubs, mentorship, and experiences in quality improvement. This curriculum will be concordant with the principles of the Hospital Medicine Core competencies adopted by the Society of Hospital Medicine. We anticipate the launch of the pathway for the 2019-2020 academic year.


  • Mentorship with an academic hospitalist from day 1 of entering the pathway
  • High-yield, hospital-medicine focused didactics
  • 4-week "Junior Hospitalist" block during PGY-3 year that includes rotating on the La Jolla Admit/Consult service
  • Attend hospital medicine grand rounds and journal club
  • Unique subspecialty rotations: 2-weeks of Stroke and 2-weeks of Neurocritical Care
  • Project leader for a 2-week VIQ block
  • 2-months of protected time for mentored QI/research project


General overview:

Residents are selected through a competitive application process during the PGY-1 and PGY-2 year. Once accepted into the pathway, residents attend monthly hospital medicine grand rounds, present a hospital-medicine focused journal club, and execute a mentored quality improvement project during a 2-month QI/research block. During PGY-3 year, residents rotate on a 4-week "Junior Hospitalist" block where they work one-on-one with an academic hospitalist, maintaining their own census of patients, and see patients as a medical consultant. Elective rotations will be curated to include unique subspecialty rotations such as 2-weeks of Neuro Stroke and 2-weeks of Neurocritical Care. The formal educational components will include high-yield, hospital-medicine focused didactics on topics including patient safety, billing/coding, business of hospital medicine, oncologic emergencies, co-management of the surgical patient, preoperative risk stratification, etc. Each resident will also be assigned a faculty mentor from the Division of Hospital Medicine with the goal of providing individual career guidance and mentorship during residency. 


Applicant Selection Process:

Year 1 (2018-2019)

  • 2 PGY-1's selected
  • 4 PGY-2's selected

Year 2 (and subsequent years)

  • 2 PGY-1's selected
  • 2 PGY-2's selected

Candidates are chosen based on interest, future career goals, and performance on the medicine wards.

Application process will include 3-questions with a short essay response.

If you have any questions regarding the Hospital Medicine Pathway, please contact the pathway director, Ali Farkhondehpour, MD, or Chief Medical Resident, Jack Temple, MD

Global Medicine Pathway

The Global Health Pathway offers residents interested enhancing health care and health systems in lower-and-middle-income countries an opportunity to participate in a multidisciplinary experience that includes didactic and experiential clinical and research training in global health. Track residents will be paired with a faculty mentor who is engaged in global health during the first year and will work with them to engage them in ongoing internationally-based collaborative projects in areas of medicine of interest to the resident. Current areas of collaboration include internal medicine, hematology, oncology, infectious diseases, cardiology, pulmonary and critical care medicine. The pathway includes a Department of Medicine-sponsored month-long rotation at Maputo Central Hospital where the UCSD resident will work alongside counterparts training in internal medicine and its sub-specialties on the internal medicine wards of MCH and participate in ongoing operational research projects that have been initiated as part of the UCSD-Mozambique collaboration. The pathway seeks to provide residents with exposure to a spectrum of disease not seen in the US, an experience that provides insights into health care delivery in resource-limited settings and will prepare interested residents for advanced training in Global Health