Constance Benson, M.D.
Program Director, Fellowship
Professor of Medicine
Davey Smith, M.D.
Clinical and Research Fellowships
The Division of Infectious Diseases offers clinical and research training during our fellowship that fulfills all ACGME, American Board of Internal Medicine-Infectious Diseases Subspecialty requirements for Board eligibility in Infectious Diseases.
The fellowship includes an initial clinical year that is heavily focused on clinical training based at UC San Diego’s major teaching hospitals. During the second and third years, fellows work closely with a faculty mentor or co-mentors to develop skills and capabilities to pursue independent research and clinical careers in their chosen area of interest. Faculty mentors at UC San Diego are engaged in a wide variety of scholarly activities ranging from basic laboratory investigation, translational and clinical investigation, to field-based epidemiology and sociobehavioral research with support from institutions training grants from the National Institutes of Health.
Although research training is organized within four general tracks, including Basic Science Research; Clinical and Translational Research; Epidemiology/Public Health; and HIV Medicine, flexibility is encouraged and many of our successful trainees have combined elements from each of these tracks to individualize their own career paths. Within each of these tracks, the emphasis can be on US-based or Global/International Research.
The UCSD Office of Graduate Medical Education website can provide samples of all appointment paperwork and policies. Here are a few available for download:
UCSDMC Addendum to the Application for a GME Position You will find the documentation noted below by visiting the UCSD Medical Center Office of Graduate Medical Education web site at: ogme.ucsd.edu.
- UCSDMC Terms and Conditions of Appointment to UCSD GME Training Programs
- House Officer Policy and Procedure Document - This document contains information regarding:
- Institutional eligibility, selection and nondiscrimination criteria
- Hours and working conditions policy
- Supervision policy
- Policies regarding Evaluation, Promotion, Corrective Action, and Dismissal
- The specifics of the housestaff group health, life, dental, vision and disability programs
- Housestaff Group Health Plan information
- Sample housestaff appointment letter, UC Acceptance of Appointment form, Resident/Fellow Position Description, Addendum to the Application for a GME Training Position at UCSDMC.
UC San Diego is a research-intensive university, surrounded by many other first class research institutes such as the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, the The Scripps Research Institute and the J. Craig Venter Institute, among others. We offer post-doctoral training opportunities in laboratories and clinical investigation programs of both our own full-time faculty as well as faculty from other affiliated research institutes. There are opportunities to do cutting edge research in microbial pathogenesis, antimicrobial resistance, fungal, protozoal, and viral diseases, including global and emerging infectious diseases, tuberculosis, HIV, viral hepatitis, and others, in a Division that spans the spectrum of work in Infectious Diseases from the research bench to the bedside. Post-doctoral fellows who are US citizens or permanent US residents are eligible for support on our NIH training grants in their second and third years. Research funding support is otherwise arranged in conjunction with their chosen research mentor(s).
CREST (Clinical Research Enhancement through Supplemental Training) Program. This program provides rigorous training in the methodologies of patient-oriented research through graduate level courses in related fields such as epidemiology, biostatistics, and clinical trials and can lead to a Masters of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research degree. Fellows will participate directly in one or more clinical trials. Fellows who choose to do laboratory research will usually also enroll in one or more graduate courses at UCSD in molecular biology, pathogenesis of infectious diseases, virology, or immunology, depending on their research projects and intellectual interests.