Education & Training

Education & TrainingThe UC San Diego Department of Surgery is committed to educating surgeons of the future. The department offers fully accredited academic residency training programs and fellowships in a number of surgical specialties. Our programs provide the opportunity to train in clinical care and research with highly respected experts and innovators in surgery. 

​UCSD trainees are able to take advantage of state-of-the-art training and research facilities, including the Center for the Future of Surgery, where residents, fellows, medical students, and faculty train on simulation equipment in a risk-free environment.

Trainees also play a crucial role in the scope of our basic, clinical and translational research endeavors, which extend from the laboratory, where fundamental questions are being asked about the mechanisms that underlie human disease, to the community, where faculty are developing new methods for cancer education, outreach, and injury prevention. 

76
residents
and
fellows
43%
female

trainees
ranked
#16
in NIH funding

As part of our increased emphasis on strengthening ties between surgeons and engineers residing in the Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego trainees are also able to earn Bioengineering (M.D./M.S., M.D./M.Eng) degrees in conjunction with the Jacobs School of Engineering, pending independent admission to the medical school.