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Program Design

Program Aims

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 UC San Diego 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.
  • Combination of vigorous clinical and scientific training — with early admission to a subspecialty fellowship program and exposure to research opportunities.

Program Design

The first 3 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.