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Program Overview

Commitment to Physician-Scientist Training

There is a long-standing, strong commitment to physician-scientist training at UC San Diego. It is a particular emphasis of our Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, Dr. Steven Garfin (Interim), and our Chair of Medicine, Dr. Zea Borok.

The UC San Diego Physician-Scientist Training Pathway in Internal Medicine is intended for physicians with a strong commitment to an academic investigative career. The pathway consists of 3 years of intense clinical training, followed by 12–18 months of subspecialty clinical training, and typically 3 years of research training.

Benefits of PSTP

A major advantage of the PSTP is that trainees enjoy early admission to the fellowship of their choice. In addition, PSTP trainees receive personalized mentoring from the PSTP program and they can participate in various research seminars and courses throughout their training period. They are also eligible for a career development grant to support their transition from fellow to a faculty position.

UC San Diego is a rich and productive biomedical science research community. The research portion of the PSTP consists of mentored research training in leading laboratories in the Department of Medicine, the School of Medicine and various other departments in the University.

Vast Research Community

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Opportunities beyond UC San Diego are available at: