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Ambulatory Rotations

Ambulatory Rotations

The ambulatory curriculum at UCSD continues to grow. You may have the opportunity to rotate at many of UCSD's various outpatient locations. Available rotations include:

  • Allergy
  • Cardiology (General and Advanced Heart Failure)
  • Contintuity Clinic
  • Primary Care at a Correctional Facility
  • Dermatology
  • Gastroentergology
  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • Surgical Subspecialties
  • Hemtaology
  • Geriatrics
  • Neurology
  • Owen Clinic
  • Endocrinology (Kaiser & UCSD)
  • Oncology
  • Pain
  • Obesity
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonary
  • Renal
  • Rheumatology
  • Men's Health
  • Underserved Medicine
  • Gender Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal
Some of the featured favorites are described below:

Continuity Clinics

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 and occurs, on average, one full day per two weeks, with more clinics in the second and third years. 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!

Underserved Medicine

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 with first through fourth year 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.


Residents work with Geriatrics faculty to see patients in a wide variety of clinical settings, including a comprehensive outpatient multidisciplinary Alzheimer's facility, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, home visits and hospice. They also participate in multidisciplinary rounds on the inpatient geriatrics service.


Residents rotate through a variety of general and specialty neurology clinics at the VA San Diego Healthcare System hospital, UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest, and Thornton Pavilion (part of Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla). They work with the neurology faculty to evaluate new and returning patients and develop diagnostic and management strategies for these patients.

Owen Clinic

Owen Clinic is a primary care clinic for patients with HIV disease.  This clinic was the second ever established in the United States with the first being in San Francisco. All residents have the option of rotating through this HIV clinic for 2- to 4-week blocks.

Kaiser Endocrinology

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, etc.