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Program Overview

There is a long-standing, strong commitment to physician-scientist training at UC San Diego. It is a particular emphasis of our Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, Dr. Steven Garfin (Interim), and our Chair of Medicine, Dr. Zea Borok .

The UCSD Physician-Scientist Training Pathway in Internal Medicine is intended for physicians with a strong commitment to an academic investigative career. The pathway consists of three years of intense clinical training, followed by 12-18 months of subspecialty clinical training, and typically three years of research training. A major advantage of the PSTP is that trainees enjoy early admission to the fellowship of their choice. In addition, PSTP trainees receive personalized mentoring from the PSTP program and they can participate in various research seminars and courses throughout their training period. They are also eligible for a career development grant to support their transition from fellow to a faculty position.

UC San Diego  is a rich and productive biomedical science research community. The research portion of the PSTP consists of mentored research training in leading laboratories in the Department of Medicine,  the School of Medicine  and various other departments in the University. 

We suggest that you review the University websites for the Department of Medicine , the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine , the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program  and the Moores Cancer Center,  as these will provide further details of the vast research community accessible at UC San Diego. In addition, opportunities are available at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the Scripps Research Institute, the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, and the La Jolla Institute for Immunology. Additionally, viewing the Medical Scientist Training Program website and the main UC San Diego website will provide you with information about the broad range of research opportunities available throughout the UC San Diego community.