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University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

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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.

  • Continuing to design our research agendas to address the most urgent needs in today's hospitals and clinics.
  • Striving to interweave our research efforts and our clinical programs even more closely.
  • Exploring new ways to enrich the exceptional learning environment we offer to our medical students, residents, and subspecialty fellows.
  • Moving ahead in international research and education partnerships that hold great promise.

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.[1] 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

Year One

  • Year-Long: Practice of Medicine, Problem Based Learning, Ambulatory Care Apprenticeship
  • Fall Quarter: Foundations, Cardiovascular System, Pulmonary System, Gastrointestinal System
  • Winter Quarter: Renal System, Musculoskeletal System, Mind Brain and Behavior
  • Spring: Endocrinology Reproduction and Metabolism, Immunology, Hematology and Oncology, Microbiology

Year Two

  • Year-Long: Practice of Medicine, Problem Based Learning, Ambulatory Care Apprenticeship
  • Fall: Principles of Clinical Oncology; Epidemiology, Biostats, and Medical Informatics; Musculoskeletal System II; Gastrointestinal System II; Endocrinology, Reproduction and Metabolism II; Cardiovascular System II
  • Winter: Mind Brain Behavior II, Pulmonary System II, Renal System II
  • Spring: (begin clinical rotations)

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

  • Healthy Student Program
  • Office of Educational Support Services
  • Careers in Medicine Program
  • Advising and Mentoring: Faculty Mentor, Office of Student Affairs Advisor, Big Sib, Senior Mentor, Senior Faculty Advisor

Teaching hospitals
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

  • Al-Tabib - 'The Physician'
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Geriatrics Society
  • American Medical Association & California Medical Association (AMA&CMA)
  • American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
  • American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)
  • Amnesty International
  • Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)
  • Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF)
  • Diversity Coalition
  • Doctors Ought to Care (D.O.C.)
  • Emergency Medicine Student Interest Group
  • Family Medicine Interest Group
  • Four String Society
  • Free Clinic
  • Global Health Interest Group
  • Health and Human Rights Interest Group
  • Healthy Student Program
  • Holistic & Integrative Medicine (HI-Med)
  • Internal Medicine Interest Group
  • Iranian Medical Students Association (IMSA)
  • Korean American Medical Student Association
  • Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Allies in Medicine
  • Medical Students for Choice (MSFC)
  • OB/GYN Interest Group
  • Oncology Interest Group
  • Peer Mentors
  • Phi Delta Epsilon
  • Procedures Interests Group Psychiatry Interest Group
  • South Asian Medical Student Association
  • Stress Relief Valve (SRV Med)
  • Students Interest Group in Neurology
  • Students Interested in Pediatrics (SIP)
  • Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
  • Surgery Interest Group
  • The Human Condition

Graduate & dual degree programs

  • Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D./Ph.D. Program)
  • Medical Scholars Program (8-year Baccalaureate/M.D. Program)
  • Masters in Bioengineering
  • Masters in Public Health
  • Masters in Leadership of Health Care Organizations
  • Masters of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research
  • Ph.D. Program in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Independent Ph.D. programs

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine Degree Programs :


  • Bachelor Degree
  • MBBS
  • Master Degree
  • MD Anaesthesiology
  • MD Anatomy
  • MD Biochemistry
  • MD Community Medicine
  • MD Dermatology
  • MD Emergency Medicine
  • MD General Medicine
  • MD Microbiology
  • MD Paediatrics
  • MD Pathology
  • MD Pharmacology
  • MD Physiology
  • MD Psychiatry
  • MD Radiodiagnosis
  • MD Skin & V.D
  • MD TB & Chest Diseases
  • Masters of Advanced Studies in the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations
  • Doctorate/PhD
  • Ph.D Bioinformatics
  • Ph.D Division of Biological Sciences
  • Ph.D Biomedical Sciences
  • Ph.D Chemistry / Biochemistry
  • Ph.D Neurosciences
  • Ph.D Anthropology
  • Ph.D Physics
  • Ph.D Epidemiology
  • Ph.D TSRI Kellog School of Sciences and Technology
  • M.D./Ph.D Biomedical Sciences
  • Ph.D. Program in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Independent Ph.D. programs

Public Health

  • Master Degree
  • Masters in Public Health

Video Presentation

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.

Contact Details

Address: Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, Office of the Dean, School of Medicine, 9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0602, La Jolla, CA 92093-0602



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