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Program Design and Tracks

The PSTP aims to provide:

  • Intensive mentorship, including a special PSTP faculty advisor throughout the entire training period, who will provide individual academic and career counseling and will assist the trainee in selecting scientific mentors. Peer mentorship is encouraged among fellows, residents, and MD/PhD students. 
  • Membership in a strong community of physician-scientists, which promotes scientific development through exposure to PhD, MD/PhD, and MD scientists throughout UCSD and the surrounding Scientific Institutes. Community building occurs through social events, specialized lectures, journal clubs, special courses (e.g., on grant writing), and quarterly meetings.
  • A combination of vigorous clinical and scientific training, with early admission to a subspecialty fellowship program and exposure to research opportunities.
The first three clinical years of training are identical to those in the Categorical Track of the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Participating subspecialties have agreed to provide preferential acceptance of qualified PSTP trainees who are committed to a career in academic medicine and who complete their clinical training successfully. Early admission into a subspecialty fellowship program allows the trainee to connect with the fellowship of their choice and provides for smooth entry into state-of-the-art research.

Applicants who are undecided concerning subspecialty training at the time of applying to the PSTP would need to apply to a fellowship program of their choice at a later time, with support from the PSTP.

In the past, the a majority of PSTP applicants have traditionally opted for a two-year “short-track” residency pathway following ABIM guidelines, but the changing landscape of post-graduate medical education has recently prompted the program to change to three-years of residency training. Under special circumstances, consideration can still be given to “short-tracking;” in consultation with the Program Directors, this decision can be made during the second half of internship.

Participating UCSD Fellowship Programs: