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We get approximately 200 applications per year.
We interview approximately 25 people each year.
All applications must be received and complete by December 1.
No. A PhD is helpful but not required. Students are encouraged to apply who have a strong interest in pursuing a research career in academic medicine with an already well-established research background and interest.
Once you have been accepted and an offer of invitation to interview has been made, we will need your supplemental information immediately. You may also send it prior to the offer of invitation if you wish.
During the first two years of PSTP residency training residents are allowed a total of 3 days of cross cover to give an oral presentation or present a poster at a national scholarly conference. Residents must notify the program at least 60 days in advance about their presentation in order to miss clinical duties. Additional days off from clinical duties from rotations not requiring coverage may be granted at the discretion of the program.
All invitations are extended via e-mail after November 1.
Very. UC San Diego is a very desirable place to train on many levels. The rich research environment that extends across the La Jolla mesa offers many highly sought-after opportunities for research, therefore providing a competitive market for the applicant.
This is a personal choice. The interview day will take place at two of the four UC San Diego locations: the
UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest
and the main
UC San Diego campus in La Jolla
. These campuses are approximately 12 miles apart. There are
free shuttle buses
that you can take that do rotate between these campuses on a frequent basis. If you desire to interview at any of the institutions that we are affiliated with and that are not on the UC San Diego campus, then it is recommend that you rent a car so that you can attend these interviews. If you intend to rent a car, you will need to let the
know so that parking can be arranged for your research interview day.
Yes. We want you to have the best research training possible and believe that can happen in a wide variety of places currently within San Diego. If you are accepted into a laboratory that is not at UC San Diego but at another affiliated institution that has funding available and appropriate mentoring available, we will support you in that endeavor.
Yes, but you are still required to interview with the Categorical track. The first two years of internal medicine residency training are spent in the Categorical track. Students must also be desirable applicants to this track, so you must be interviewed and reviewed by the committee for this track too.
Yes. The committees meet and rank separately.
Yes. There is a separate box to check under the UC San Diego application through the ERAS website.
All invited applicants will meet with the
for the PSTP as well as research faculty defined by your choice and particular area of interest. If you have a defined
interest, then every effort will be made for you to meet with the fellowship director of that subspecialty.
It is the policy of most of the
Department of Medicine
to interview PSTP applicants when they are here interviewing for the PSTP program. After that interview, if the applicant is a desirable candidate to both the PSTP and the fellowship, then early acceptance to the fellowship program is offered provided that the resident meets the standards for clinical training.
Yes. You must meet all the requirements of an international applicant listed under
How to Apply
. We will support only J-1 visas.
Yes. During a designated two-day PSTP interview, the categorical interview takes place on a Thursday. That Thursday evening, the current PSTP residents and fellows will host a dinner for you. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and mingle with them.