Primary Care Job Opportunities!

There are many organizations currently hiring primary care doctors in the Southern California region and UCSD graduates are highly desirable candidates! If you are considering a job in primary care, please reach out to Stacy Charat, Primary Care Pathway Director for more information (

Examples of opportunities include:

  • TrueCare Federally Qualified Health Centers in North County, San Diego
  • St. Jude Heritage Medical Group in Orange County
  • Private Practice multi-specialty group in San Diego

Planning on applying to fellowship?

Join us tonight, Thursday, 1/14, 6-7:30 PM – Zoom link is in your email!

Agenda for the Session:

6-6:30pm: General overview of the application timeline and steps all applicants need to take presented by Alex Cypro and Dr. Jassal. 

6:30-7:30pm: Sub-specialty breakout rooms featuring all of the specialties that you expressed interest in on a survey earlier in the year, including Cardiology, PCCM, GI, Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Allergy & Immunology, Infectious Disease, Heme/Onc, Geriatrics, and Nephrology!

Endo Interest Group!! 11/12/20

Dear Residents,
Please join us for our Endocrinology Interest Group on Thursday 11/12 from 5:30pm-6:30pm via Zoom (information below). Thank you to Sophie Cannon and Dr. Santos for setting this up!
Sincerely, Your Chiefs

Topic: Endocrinology Interest GroupTime: Nov 12, 2020 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: Password: Endo
Or iPhone one-tap : US: +16699006833,,88683090322# or +12532158782,,88683090322# Or

Resident Research Series!

Hi everyone!

If you’d like to participate in the research block elective next year, now is your chance! We are planning a session to set you up for success with regards to helping find a mentor, writing a proposal and submitting an application to secure this coveted protected research time during your senior residency years.

This session is open to those interested in pursuing fellowship, Hospital Medicine or Primary Care! Many residents who are looking for careers in hospital medicine and primary care have participated in this research block. The world is your oyster! Furthermore, if you are a 2nd year and have not yet applied to this block, there is still the opportunity to participate during your 3rd year!

“How to choose a research mentor and write a research proposal.”

– 10/23: AFTER Friday school (5:10-6:10pm) via Zoom (link below)

Password: research

If you plan to do a research block next year, it is MANDATORY to attend this session with Dr. Davey Smith (If due to clinical duties, you are unable to attend, please let me know!)

Please see the blog for pertinent documents:

You should be getting interest group meeting emails soon, which we highly encourage you to attend!

Please also fill out the following form to let me know you will be attending:

Let me know if you have any questions.


Luke, on behalf of the chiefs

Pathway Interest Meeting–10/21/20

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for the Pathway Interest Meeting! I have attached a link to the 30 minute introduction video as well as documents that were presented during the meeting for those of you who were not able to attend. 

Applications are being finalized as we speak! We will send a consolidated email in the next 1-2 weeks containing all pathway application forms and final application details. 

If you have any questions regarding specific pathways, please reach out to the chief in charge of your pathway!

Hospital Medicine: DJ

Global Health: Alex

Integrative Medicine: Samantha

Primary Care: Luke

RACE track: Nick

Pathway Session Video: 

Pathway Information on the Blog:

Please reach out with any questions!


Luke Webster

2020 UCSD IM & Med/Peds Graduation

Congratulations graduates!!!!

Today marks an incredible milestone in your careers.  Through your hard work, your dedication to your patients and your education, your sacrifice, the many long days and nights of call and studying, you have reached this long awaited moment.  You are doctors, ready for independent practice!

As I congratulate you, I want to take a moment to recognize and thank the people who have walked along side you on this journey and supported you through the long days and nights—your families, your partners, your parents, your children, your friends, your colleagues and your mentors.  Congratulations to ALL of you! This is your accomplishment, too!

I want to thank our faculty, our departmental leadership, our program leadership, including our core faculty, associate program directors, and chief resident; and our program staff—without them, we could not support your journey here.

You join our community of physicians at a pivotal moment–a moment when many challenges face our profession.  When your training began, we could not have predicted that a pandemic would mark your final year of training, or that the long history of system racism and violence against people of color in our nation would once again awaken us to the health disparities and social determinants of health that threaten the moral fabric of our society.  But this is a time not for despair, but for action.  And there is no group of leaders better prepared than you to help catapult our community towards this action! YOU will help us to ensure the necessary change will occur, because you are advocates for social justice and equity.

I am so proud of you!

Faculty Awards

  • Service to Residency Program Award: Dr. Wolfgang Dillmann, Chair of Medicine
  • Service to Residency Program Award: Dr. Tricia Santos, Associate Program Director
  • Whitehill Prize for Junior Faculty: given to a Junior Faculty member who exemplifies the following qualities: 
    • Outstanding teaching across all training levels
    • Advocacy for housestaff trainees
    • Active involvement in both clinical and research arenas. 
    • Model compassionate bedside manner
    • Encourage clinical, translational and basic science research
    • Dr.Mark Hepokoski
  • Hospital Medicine Faculty Awards:
    • This award recognizes an outstanding faculty member of UCSD Hospital Medicine as one who has provided excellent teaching, clinical care, and leadership.
    • UCSD: Dr. Meghan Sebasky
    • VA: Dr. Derek Juang
  • Outstanding Medicine Speciality Faculty Award: 
    • This aware is granted to most outstanding faculty member in a medicine subspeciality, as selected by our housestaff.
    • UCSD: Dr. Praveen Akuthota
    • VA: Dr. Rebecca Sell
  • Outstanding Continuity Clinic Faculty Award  given to a continuity clinic faculty member who has provided excellent teaching and clinical care, as selected by our housestaff
    • Dr. Jeff Jenks

Staff Awards – Silver Shell Awards, all inducted into the Golden Shores Hall of Fame for winning COUNTLESS years in a row!

  • Pharmacist: Frank Chu
    • This award is given to the top Pharmacist, as voted for by our housestaff. This particular pharmacist has demonstrated consistent excellence in teaching and has helped countless residents as they rotate through the MICU. This award goes to Frank Chu!
  • Nurse: Scott Graves
    • This award is given to the top nursing staff member, as voted for by our housestaff. This person shows incredible empathy to our patients and fosters collaboration with all our residents –
  • Case Manager: Parry Sharifi
    • This award is given to the top Case Management Staff member, as voted for by our housestaff.

Resident Awards 2020

  • Lee Rickman Award: Nick Leverone
    • This award is for the graduating resident who most embodies the devotion to teaching of Lee Rickman, MD. Leland Rickman was a UCSD ID specialist who was passionate about teaching, always finding ways to integrate creativity and innovation in meeting the mission of education at UCSD. He received more UCSD teaching awards than anyone in the Department of Medicine. 
  • Humanism in Medicine Award: David Malinak
    • This award is for the graduating resident who most embodies a pillar of humanism, who displays outstanding character and integrity in their devotion to compassionate and excellent patient care. 
  • Excellence in Leadership award: Danielle Munce
    • This award is for the graduating resident who most embodies the traits of an outstanding leader–always leading by example and demonstrating exceptional initiative, responsibility and problem-solving ability. 
  • Top Fellow  Erica Lin
    • This award is for a medicine subspecialty fellow who was voted by our housestaff to be the most helpful in clinical care, provided excellent teaching, and has been a joy to work with.
  • Golden Consultant Award: Neal Jones
    • Every year our surgical housestaff colleagues select a resident that has been the most helpful and professional with regard to medicine consultation. 


Podcast Highlight: The DEI Shift

By our own fantastic residents Maggie Kozman, DJ Gaines, and Pooja Jaeel- an enlightening (non-COVID) podcast! This podcast focuses on shifting the way we think and talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the medical field.

The title, The DEI Shift, uses a common acronym DEI (standing for diversity, equity, and inclusion) as a play on the idea of a “day shift”, the time in the hospital when the daytime teams come in, bring fresh perspectives to the issues that arose overnight, and progress patient care forward. This podcast is aimed at: 1) bringing new perspectives and a more inclusive approach to the discussions of diversity issues in healthcare, 2) shifting us away from avoidance, fatigue, and negative connotations that have become attached to these topics, and 3) transitioning these discussions from mere classroom didactics into relevant, day-to-day, organic conversation and application.



Google Podcasts:…‎Society & Culture · 2020

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