Training Tracks

​​UCSD Pediatric Primary Care Residency Track

UCSD Pediatric Residency Primary Care Track is designed for candidates who are pursuing a career in general pediatrics, either as a general pediatrician within the community or as a general pediatrician in an academic setting with particular emphasis on advocacy and/or public health issues for children in underserved areas. 

This track combines the educational strengths of our categorical pediatric residency program curriculum with enhanced experiences in primary care within the community. Residents in this track receive a strong foundation in inpatient and specialty pediatrics but devote the majority of their time during second and third years of residency in the outpatient setting. Special primary care seminars and regular primary care meetings are also integrated into the curriculum.​

Applications for the primary care track occur during your first year of residency. In the second and third years of residency, primary care track residents participate in the Resident Academic Project (RAP) that enables them to apply their newly developed skills in community medicine, primary care quality improvement, or medical education by completing a scholarly project under mentoring and guidance. Graduating residents present their projects at an annual Department of Pediatric Research Symposium in May.

By the end of their training, graduates of the program will have a detailed understanding of local community barriers to health and how to partner with schools and other community organizations to address local child health problems and are very capable of practicing in any venue in which children’s health needs are underserved.

Highlights include: 

  • 1-2 residents accepted each year
  • A comprehensive, primary care-focused training program 
  • Focus on training in the outpatient setting
  • Opportunity to achieve unique competencies in community-based approaches to improving child health in underserved areas of San Diego County
  • Longitudinal seminar series and journal club that focuses on special topics in primary care pediatrics. 
  • Protected time to complete the Resident Academic Project (RAP) and presentation at a seminar. 
Inpatient wards (days)8 weeks
4 weeks6 weeks
Inpatient wards (nights)2 weeks
4 weeks
4 weeks (admit and mole)
4 weeks
NICU4 weeks4 weeks-
-4 weeks4 weeks
Developmental Pediatrics (DBP)4 weeks--
Adolescent (MBU, Navy)-4 weeks4 weeks
Elective/Primary Care Experiences12 weeks
18 weeks16 weeks
Urgent Care-2 weeks2 weeks
Emergency Room2 weeks4 weeks2 weeks
Community Peds4 weeks--
Primary Care Clinic (PCC)4 weeks2 weeks4 weeks
Family Health Centers (a large FQHC)4 weeks-4 weeks
Kaiser--4 weeks
Resident academic project (RAP)-2 weeks2 weeks
Vacation4 weeks4 weeks4 weeks
Continuity clinichalf dayhalf dayhalf day
Supervisory continuity clinic--half day

Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP)

The Department of Pediatrics and Pediatric Residency program is proud to promote the career development of physician-scientists through our Physician Scientist Training Program. This program participates in a separate match during the recruitment season. We offer both integrated and accelerated research pathways to MD/PhDs and research-oriented MDs. ​Learn more about t​he Physician Scientist Training Program​.

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