This space is dedicated to describing the RACE Track, one of the 5 pathways offered here at UCSD IM, this one focused on supporting those interested in pursuing careers in academic medicine & medical education.
This pathway is led by Dr. Supraja Thota, an Academic Hospitalist here at UCSD, former Chief Resident, and graduate of the UCSD Internal Medicine program. She started the RACE Track pathway in 2017, with the first class of residents starting in the 2018-2019 academic year. Supporting her in this leadership roll (clockwise) are Academic Hospitalists Dr. Connie Chace (who just welcomed a new little nugget to the family!), Dr. Sean Kenmore, and current Chief Resident Nick Leverone!
You may apply for the pathway during your intern year, and if accepted join our RACE Track ranks for a dedicated curriculum that spans your PGY2 & PGY3 years! This curriculum has 3 main components (click on each for examples and more details):
We hold 5 workshop sessions throughout the year, most during protected time you would otherwise be in clinic. These sessions typically run for 2-4 hours and span multiple topics, led by expert Med-Ed faculty throughout UCSD, so you can get your feet wet with different education tools and skills! Some example sessions are listed below:
How to give a 5-minute Chalk-Talk Gamefication of Teaching Curriculum Development Giving Effective Feedback Teaching in Small Groups Crafting a Teaching Portfolio Building your Academic Brand
Annual 2-week elective for all RACE Track members
While we are all one RACE Track family, we split up our member by year for our 2-week elective, in order to better allow 1:1 mentorship and prevent redundancy with some of our sessions. Our Senior RACERs (on their second year of the track) and Junior RACERs (on their first year) EACH get a 2-week elective block in which they get to practice their teaching and mentorship skills hands-on, with coresidents, medical students, and each other! With the exception of a half-day for continuity clinic, this elective is ENTIRELY dedicated to activities focused on training distinct skills vital to a medical educator. An example schedule during this block is listed below:
Monday: AM: Lead (Session 1) Problem-Based Learning with MS2s PM: Precept Free Clinic Downtown with MS1s Tuesday: AM: Give Morning Teaching Conference at the VA PM: Give Intern Report at the VA; Continuity Clinic Wednesday: AM: Watch Grand Rounds; RACE Track Didactic Sessions! PM: Lead Physical Exam Rounds with MS3s at Hillcrest Thursday: AM: Lead (Session 2) Problem-Based Learning with MS2s PM: Free time to prepare for other educational activities Friday: AM: Round with a Master Clinician Educator (Observing) PM: Enjoy Friday School!
Longitudinal Scholarly Project
As a RACE Track member, you’ll be able to create a project of your choosing, with medical education as the focus. You’ll be able to take something you’re passionate about, identify a target learner population, and craft a way of delivering and sharing knowledge about that passion to those learners. The beauty of this project, is that it is your canvas to build something from scratch, your way, with your fellow RACERs and a dedicated clinical-educator faculty member there to help guide and support you in your endeavor. Our RACE Track leadership will check in with you regularly on this, not to hold your feet to the fire, but to help you connect with the people you might need, help you work through snags, or lift you up if you fall into “teacher’s block”. Some example projects from previous years and currently ongoing include:
UCSD IM Residency’s Friday School Diversity Curriculum Evidence-Based Podcast on Integrative Medicine Formal Training on Consenting for IM Procedures & Transfusions Illness Script Online Database “My First H&P” introduction to Inpatient Medicine for MS1 & MS2s Standardization Course for Note-writing for Beginning MS3s
Thanks for checking us out!! Good luck in your adventures checking out various internal medicine programs this interview season. We hope you consider joining our UCSD Internal Medicine, and RACE Track families!!