Who We Are
The Department of Medicine at UC San Diego is a leading center for research, teaching and clinical care in internal medicine. From arthritis to respiratory disease, from hypertension to cancer, we are dedicated to translating laboratory discoveries into better ways to detect, treat, and prevent disease.
With nearly 470 full-time faculty members and over 100 academic researchers, the Department of Medicine is the largest of the distinguished departments in the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.
Our internal medicine specialty training programs include 108 resident physicians, 83 ACGME fellows, and 131 postdoctoral research fellows.
The Department of Medicine is engaged in biomedical research programs with cost expenditures totaling over $130 million in fiscal year 2012. | Our current interests and major projects
In National Institutes of Health research funding awards to internal medicine departments, the UCSD Department of Medicine is seventh in the nation.
Message from the Chair
Welcome to the Department of Medicine in the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.
Since our inception, we have earned the respect of our peers for our leadership in research, our excellence in clinical care, and our innovations in medical education.
In this challenging era for academic medicine, we continue to break new ground in all three areas.
As we go forward, these are some of our specific endeavors.
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is a medical school located in La Jolla, California, USA.
The school held its first class in 1968 and conferred its first degrees in 1972. The school aggressively recruited leading physician scientists of its era and rapidly gained a reputation as an elite medical school. The inaugural class in 1971 achieved the highest score in the country on the National Board of Medical Examiners Step 1 Examination, propelling the young School into the national spotlight.
UCSD School of Medicine was ranked 15th in the 2009 edition of U.S. News and World Report for research. UCSD School of Medicine was ranked 35th in primary care. UCSD School of Medicine is ranked 5th in the nation among public medical schools by U.S. News and World Report the youngest school among the top 5 public schools.
UCSD School of Medicine faculty rank #1 in the nation in federal research funding per faculty member (#1 in clinical research and #3 in basic research). Among ranked departments, UCSD is #1 in Family Medicine, Neurosciences, Surgery, and #2 in Anesthesiology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Psychiatry. UCSD School of Medicine is 15th in the nation in total NIH funding with 7 departments in the top 10 when ranked against peer departments.
UCSD 4th in the world in terms of 'citation impact' in the fields of science and social science, with world wide notable faculty. In individual categories, ISI ranks the School of Medicine 2nd in clinical medicine, 3rd in pharmacology, 4th in molecular biology and genetics, and 10th in psychology and psychiatry.
Preclinical core courses
The Independent Study Project (ISP) has long been a cornerstone of the elective curriculum at the UCSD School of Medicine. Students are required to complete a project under the direction of an ISP committee usually consisting of three or more School of Medicine faculty.
Medical student services and programs
Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out: Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego VA Medical Center, Scripps Mercy Hospital, UCSD Medical Center.
Residency program admissions
Most popular residency and specialty programs from the 2005 and 2006 graduating classes: anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, pediatrics, psychiatry, radiology, surgery.
Medical student organizations
Graduate & dual degree programs
UC San Diego School of Medicine Celebrates 40 Years
UC San Diego School of Medicine has forged a spot as one of the nation's premier research institutions. Today it is the cornerstone of a thriving health sciences enterprise, which now also encompasses the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the UC San Diego Medical Center. See how, in 40 years, UC San Diego School of Medicine has grown, both in size and impact.
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