Hospital Medicine Pathway – Prospective Applicants

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Pathway Mission Statement

To provide outstanding training to residents pursuing careers as practitioners, educators, and leaders in hospital medicine

Why Hospital Medicine

The University of California San Diego is an emerging leader in the field of hospital medicine. The Hospital Medicine Pathway is designed to enhance the residency experience with relevant, unique inpatient training, hospital-medicine focused didactics, participation in hospital medicine grand rounds and journal clubs, mentorship, and experiences in quality improvement. This curriculum will be concordant with the principles of the Hospital Medicine Core competencies adopted by the Society of Hospital Medicine.

Top Left: Dr. Ali Farkhondepour, Pathway Director. Top Right: Jacobs Medical Center, location of our dedicated hospital medicine rotations for those in the pathway. Bottom: Wards Teach team at the VA Medical Center with Attending, Senior Resident, Intern, Medical Student, and Pharmacist pictured.

Our Pathway Experience

The flexibility of the pathway allows residents to enter the pathway at the beginning of the PGY-2 or PGY-3 year.

All residents entering the pathway are assigned a faculty mentor who is a member of the Division of Hospital Medicine, with the goal of providing individual career guidance and mentorship during residency. Residents have unique opportunities to attend hospital medicine grand rounds, present a hospital-medicine focused journal club, and receive paid membership and conference registration for the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM). Additional unique subspecialty rotations relevant to hospitalists include 2-weeks of Neuro stroke and 2-weeks of Neuro critical care.

During the PGY-3 year, pathway residents rotate together on a 4-week “Junior Hospitalist” block at Jacobs. Residents rotate on a high acuity wards team at Jacobs for 2 weeks, 1 week on the Jacobs medicine admitting and consulting service, and 1 week on the Jacobs palliative care medicine service. During the 4-week block, there are twice-weekly hospital medicine focused didactics on topics including patient safety, billing/coding, business of hospital medicine, oncologic emergencies, medical consultation, medical ethics, etc. The “Junior Hospitalist” block also includes weekly hands-on point-of-care ultrasound bedside scanning to further develop each resident’s ultrasound skills.

During the PGY-3 year, pathway residents also rotate together on a 2-week “Professional Development” block. This block includes unique opportunities to rotate with Interventional Radiology, Radiation Oncology, and Speech Therapy. The block also incorporates high-yield didactics and field trips to LTAC and SNF locations in San Diego.

Big Highlights!

  • Mentorship with an academic hospitalist from day 1 of entering the pathway
  • Flexibility to enter the pathway at the start of PGY-2 or PGY-3 year
  • High-yield, hospital-medicine focused didactics
  • 4-week “Junior Hospitalist” block during PGY-3 year
  • 2-week “Professional Development” block during PGY-3 year
  • Weekly ultrasound rounds
  • Opportunity to attend monthly hospital medicine grand rounds
  • Participate in hospital medicine journal club
  • Unique subspecialty rotations: 2-weeks of Neuro stroke and 2-weeks of Neuro critical care

Thanks for checking us out! We hope you enjoy learning more about our program and consider joining our UCSD IM family!!