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Training Tracks

UCSD Pediatrics Primary Care Residency Track

UCSD Pediatric Residency Primary Care Track is designed for candidates who are pursuing a career in general pediatrics, either as a general pediatrician within the community or as a general pediatrician in an academic setting with particular emphasis on advocacy and/or public health issues for children in underserved areas. 

This track combines the educational strengths of our categorical pediatric residency program curriculum with enhanced experiences in primary care within the community. Residents in this track receive a strong foundation in inpatient and specialty pediatrics but devote the majority of their time during residency in the outpatient setting. Special primary care seminars and regular primary care meetings are also integrated into the curriculum. 

Applications for the primary care track occur during your first year of residency. In the second and third years of residency, primary care track residents participate in the Resident Academic Project (RAP) that enables them to apply their newly developed skills in community medicine, primary care quality improvement, or medical education by completing a scholarly project under mentoring and guidance. Graduating residents present their projects at an annual Department of Pediatric Research Symposium in May.

By the end of their training, graduates of the program will have a detailed understanding of local community barriers to health and how to partner with schools and other community organizations to address local child health problems and are very capable of practicing in any venue in which children’s health needs are underserved.

Highlights include: 

  • 1-2 residents accepted each year
  • A comprehensive, primary care-focused training program 
  • Focus on training in the outpatient setting
  • Opportunity to achieve unique competencies in community-based approaches to improving child health in underserved areas of San Diego County
  • Longitudinal seminar series and journal club that focuses on special topics in primary care pediatrics. 
  • Protected time to complete the Resident Academic Project (RAP) and presentation at a seminar. 
  PGY-1 PGY-2 PGY-3
Inpatient wards (days) 8 weeks 4 weeks 6 weeks
Inpatient wards (nights) 2 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks (admit and mole)
Newborn 4 weeks - -
NICU 4 weeks 4 weeks -
PICU - 4 weeks 4 weeks
Developmental Pediatrics (DBP) 4 weeks - -
Adolescent (MBU, Navy) - 4 weeks 4 weeks
Elective/Primary Care Experiences 12 weeks 18 weeks 16 weeks
Urgent Care - 2 weeks 2 weeks
Emergency Room 2 weeks 4 weeks 2 weeks
Community Peds 4 weeks - -
Primary Care Clinic (PCC) 4 weeks 2 weeks 4 weeks
Family Health Centers (a large FQHC) 4 weeks - 4 weeks
Kaiser - - 4 weeks
Resident academic project (RAP) - 2 weeks 2 weeks
Vacation 4 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks
Continuity clinic half day half day half day
Supervisory continuity clinic - - half day


Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP)

The Department of Pediatrics and Residency are proud to promote the career development of physician scientists through our Physician Scientist Training Program. This program participates in a separate match during the recruitment season. We offer both  integrated and accelerated research pathways to MD/PhDs and research-oriented MDs.

more information on PSTP