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!

Meet Applicants this Sunday!

I Zoom, You Zoom, We All Zoom!

First day of interviews is just around the corner and first Happy Hour is this Sunday, 11/1 at 6 PM! Our applicants are most eager to talk to YOU – show ’em what UCSD is all about!

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

ATS COVID-19 Forum Tue 8/18 at 5 PM

Join our UCSD Pulmonary and Critical Care faculty and fellows for a lively and high-yield discussion on the care of patients with COVID-19. Since April, this virtual forum has been bringing expert guidance for providers without critical care training in an accessible format. Tomorrow’s session will include an all-star UCSD line-up:

  • “COVID-19 Case Presentation” by Erica Lin, MD  
  • “Best Practices in Caring for Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients” by Amy Bellinghausen Stewart, MD 
  • “Updates and Controversies in COVID Care: what therapies have and have not panned out” by Cameron McGuire, MD 
  • “Mechanisms Underlying Hypoxemia in COVID-19″ by Atul Malhotra, MD 

You can register and watch recordings of prior sessions of this forum at:

Hope to see you all there! 

#UCSD4antiracism medical student- and resident-led protests across all campuses

Students, residents, faculty and staff staged peaceful demonstrations at all three UCSD campuses. Speakers at the School of Medicine included Med Students Betial Asmerom, Jonathan Cunha, Ian Simpson-Shelton (incoming UCSD IM Intern!), Dr. Sierra Washington (faculty, OB/Gyn), and Dr. Cheryl Anderson (new founding Dean of the UCSD School of Public Health).


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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. 


N95 Mask fittings at UCSD 5/28 and 5/29!

Please check your UCSD badges! If you have not been fitting for the 8210 (you should have a sticker with these numbers on it) or the Gerson, please go get fitted through Infection Control at UCSD. They are at both sites today, 5/28 and tomorrow 5/29, at  Hillcrest in the 8th floor tower link conference room 8-309 and in La Jolla in JMC 6-708 conference room from 6am-10pm.

COVID Updates from your PD!

UCSD is planning to offer testing to all asymptomatic healthcare workers. This testing is optional. Employee health has the names and contact info for all our residents and they will be reaching out to you in the upcoming weeks, starting with those who have rotated in MICU and HC ED in the past 3 weeks. For more details, attend this informational Zoom Tue, 5/5/20 at 7am: or see this FAQs document (login with your ucsd email and password, e.g. sjassal):

For additional ear loop masks for use with non-COVID patients and while in public parts of the hospital, see the VA chief Residents!

The schedule for next academic year will be available at the continuing resident Zoom meeting on Friday, 6/5/2020 3-5pm. Stay tuned for more details.

Also coming soon, details about intern awards, and graduation!

Thanks for ALL you do! You are ESSENTIAL!

UCSD Celebrates Women’s Herstory Month!

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in UC San
Diego’s Women’s Herstory Month Celebration throughout March.  This
important observance and celebration of diversity will feature a
wide-range of programs focused on women’s contributions to American
society and the world. This year’s theme is “Untold Stories: The 19th
Amendment and Beyond.”
We invite you to join us for programs that explore the 100th anniversary
of the passage of the 19th Amendment, with a specific focus on the
“Untold Stories” of the movement that highlight the voting rights
activism of women of color. In addition, this year’s theme has been
expanded to include Untold Stories of women’s activism and achievements
more broadly.