Internal medicine residents at UC San Diego can select from a broad selection of ambulatory elective rotations designed to give comprehensive exposure to a wide variety of internal medicine subspecialties. These rotations involve a selection of half-day clinics with our renowned faculty and are held at various outpatient locations throughout San Diego.
A sample of some of our residents' favorite rotations are included below:
Residents in the Categorical, Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP) and Medicine/Pediatrics training tracks have a continuity clinic that spans the duration of their training. Continuity clinics occur, on average, one full day per month during inpatient months and 1-2 days per week during outpatient rotations. Residents are assigned to one site for the duration of their training. The resident is the primary doctor for his or her own patient panel and is responsible for providing the full spectrum of outpatient primary care. Learn more about our continuity clinic sites.
The underserved medicine rotation provides an opportunity to work with patients from refugee, homeless, and migrant communities in San Diego. The UCSD Student Run Free Clinic facilitates one-on-one mentorship opportunities between residents and medical students while providing continuity care for underserved patients in a community setting. Residents also interact with culturally diverse patient populations through refugee and survivor clinics and learn to address special barriers to health care delivery.
The Owen Clinic, established in 1982, is the largest center for patients with HIV/AIDS in San Diego and was the second of its kind established in the United States. Today, the Owen Clinic provides the full spectrum of continuity care for San Diego's HIV/AIDS patients and offers specialized services to provide anal cancer screening, treatment of viral hepatitis, and treatment of substance use disorders. Residents have the option of rotating through this HIV clinic for 2- to 4-week blocks.
Kaiser Endocrinology is a 4-week elective rotating through endocrinology clinics at Kaiser Permanente, a large health maintenance organization. This rotation is an option for PGY-3 or 4 (Medicine/Pediatrics) residents to see various endocrine disorders including thyroid nodules, Grave's disease, adrenal insufficiency, and provides residents opportunities to perform in-clinic thyroid ultrasound and FNA biopsies.
List of Available Ambulatory Rotations:
Cardiology (General and Advanced Heart Failure)
Primary Care at a Correctional Facility
Hospice and Palliative Care
Endocrinology (Kaiser & UCSD)
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