Physician-Scientist Training Pathway




Newly graduated physicians entering all disciplines of internal medicine have a fabulous opportunity to bring science to medicine at a level of sophistication that is truly unprecedented. The UC San Diego Department of Medicine offers a Physician-Scientist Training Pathway that provides an unparalleled experience designed to train physicians to be bilingual, to speak the languages of clinical medicine and basic science.

Our trainees bring clinical observations to the laboratory for in-depth study and translate basic mechanisms of human pathology into improvements in the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention of disease.

UC San Diego Physician-Scientist Training Pathway

  • Internal medicine residency in a leading department of medicine
  • Intensive research training
  • Access to world-class La Jolla biomedical research institutions
  • Flexible integration with outstanding medical subspecialty programs
  • Early acceptance into subspecialty training


Our residency training in internal medicine and its subspecialties is internationally recognized for its excellence. Our residents experience a diverse array of primary care and highly specialized cases in our hospitals, clinics, and with international opportunities.

Science in the UC San Diego Department of Medicine and our partner institutions such as the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, The Scripps Research Institute, and the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute is simply outstanding.

Our physician-scientist faculty, known for their outstanding clinical skills and cutting-edge research, welcomes the opportunity to mentor our next generation of physician-scientists.

The UC San Diego Department of Medicine is a highly nourishing environment for a new physician who is devoted to crafting an independent academic career.


Wolfgang H. Dillmann, MD

Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor

Chair, Department of Medicine