Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions
Does your program support J or H visas?
Our program is supported through an NIH Training Grant. As such, we cannot support any person without “permanent residency” status or US citizenship.
How is weekend call coverage determined?
There is quite a bit of flexibility in terms of weekend call coverage during the clinical year. We allow for each cohort to decide whether to work as a group, or cover weekends as individuals. If the cohort chooses to work as a group, they can determine a rotation in which one fellow covers all three hospitals one weekend, but has the following two off while the other fellows take call. If the cohort chooses to function as individuals, this will largely need to be decided on a case by case basis dependent upon the attending. A fellow will only ever be required to work one weekend day (this day will be agreed upon by the fellow and attending), though, it is possible to alternate weekends with the attending. Again, there is much flexibility to make weekend call coverage meet the needs of each fellow.
San Diego is beach city; how can I surf during my clinical year while on call?
Double Ziploc bag the pager, duct tape it closed, put it in your wetsuit, swim quickly.
How does vacation work?
During the clinical year, we allow for 3 weeks of vacation and 1 week leave to attend a conference. Winter holidays are not permitted during the first year to ensure fairness as only one fellow is allowed vacation/leave at any given time.
Does my mentor have to be in the ID division?
No; we encourage fellows to connect with a faculty member most suited to his/her research interests. As such, we do our best to work with faculty members outside of the ID division to enable this.
Can I moonlight?
Clinical fellows are not permitted to moonlight. During this research year, it is allowed within reason. All moonlighting must be approved by the Program Director and Associate Director.