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Prospective Applicants FAQs

How many applications do you get to the program each year?

We receive approximately 200 applications per year.

How many people do you interview each year?

We interview approximately 35-40 people each year.

When is the application deadline?

All applications must be received and completed in ERAS by September 28th (except supplemental information).

Do you have to have a PhD to apply?

No. A PhD is helpful but not required. Students who have a strong interest in pursuing a research career in academic medicine with an already well-established research background and interest are encouraged to apply.

When do I submit my supplemental information?

Once you have been invited to an interview, we will need your supplemental information as soon as possible, but you may also send it prior to the invitation if you wish.

How will my salary be supported during my training?

The Department of Medicine will support your salary to the standard PGY-1, -2 and -3 levels during residency training. During PGY-4 through PGY-6, most salaries are supported by clinical funds and training grants in the subspecialty division . In addition, PSTP trainees can apply for a special, institutional Career Development Award during the last year of their fellowship to facilitate transition to a faculty position while applying for extramural funds.

Are you allowed to attend research meetings?

During the three years of residency training, residents are allowed up to 3 days off to give an oral or poster presentation at a national scientific meeting. Residents must notify the program at least 60 days in advance about their presentation to assure coverage of their clinical duties. Additional days off from clinical duties from rotations not requiring coverage may be granted at the discretion of the program.

How will I know if I am invited for an interview?

All invitations are extended via e-mail after October 1.

How competitive is the UC San Diego PSTP?

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 (with the Salk, Sanford Burnham, Scripps and other Institutes) offers many highly sought-after opportunities for research, therefore providing a competitive market for the applicant.

Do I need to come to San Diego to interview?

Due to COVID19, interviews in 2022 will be online/by Zoom only.

Can I do research at an institution other than UC San Diego?

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 and appropriate mentoring available, we will support you in that endeavor.

Can I do part of my residency or a rotation in a foreign country?

Normally, the Division of Infectious Diseases at UC San Diego has fellowship rotations available in foreign countries, and the Categorical Medicine track of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at UC San Diego also offers a Global Medicine Elective in Maputo, Mozambique (currently, restrictions apply due to COVID19

Are the selection committees for the PSTP and the Categorical Medicine track separate?

Yes. The committees meet and rank separately, however, PSTP applicants are reviewed by both committees.

Is there a separate application for the PSTP through ERAS?

Yes. There is a separate box to check under the UC San Diego application through the ERAS website.

Who will I meet during my research interviews?

All invited applicants will meet with the Program Director or Associate Director of the PSTP as well as research faculty defined by your choice and particular area of interest. In addition, every effort will be made for you to meet with the fellowship director for the subspecialty fellowship of your interest.

I am an international applicant. Can I apply?

Yes. You must meet all the requirements of an international applicant listed under How to Apply. We will support only J-1 visas.

Will I get to meet other PSTP residents during my interview days?

Yes. During the designated two-day PSTP interview, the categorical interview takes place on a Thursday. The current PSTP residents and fellows would normally host a dinner on that Thursday evening, to create opportunities to meet and mingle. Instead, during the times of COVID19, we are reserving a two-hour block during which you can request to meet with one or several PSTP residents and fellows on Zoom.